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Japan, U.S. hold foreign ministerial talks on ties, Obama visit

Japan and the United States held foreign ministerial talks on Friday in Washington, with strengthening security ties and a possible visit by President Barack Obama to Japan in April expected to be the main topics. The talks were arranged amid doubts about mutual trust after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, baffling and displeasing many U.S. officials, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Japan, U.S. hold foreign ministerial talks on ties, Obama visit

Japan and the United States held foreign ministerial talks on Friday in Washington, with strengthening security ties and a possible visit by President Barack Obama to Japan in April expected to be the main topics. The talks were arranged amid doubts about mutual trust after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, baffling and displeasing many U.S. officials, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Japan, U.S. to hold foreign ministerial talks on ties, Obama visit

Japan and the United States will hold foreign ministerial talks on Friday in Washington, with strengthening security ties and a possible visit by President Barack Obama to Japan in April expected to be the main topics. The talks were arranged amid doubts about mutual trust after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo despite objections by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, baffling and displeasing many U.S. officials.

Chance of El Nino conditions seen after Northern Hemisphere spring: U.S. forecaster

(Reuters) - U.S. weather forecaster Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said on Thursday there was an increasing chance of the El Nino weather pattern after expecting neutral conditions through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2014. In its monthly report, the CPC maintained its outlook that El Nino was unlikely through the spring, but noted that a change in temperatures "portend warming in the coming months." That represented a change from the CPC's previous outlook of neutral conditions through summer 2014.

Japan, U.S. to team up in training people to counter cyberattacks

Japanese and U.S. defense officials agreed Tuesday to boost their cooperation in training people to counter cyberattacks which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. Among the forms of cooperation they discussed in their first working-level meeting on the issue is conducting joint exercises to counter cyberattacks on government agencies and other organizations, often blamed on countries such as China and North Korea. The joint panel, which met Monday and Tuesday, will next meet in the United States in summer.

Honda becomes first Japan automaker to be net exporter from U.S.

By Bernie Woodall (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co <7267.T> last year exported more cars out of the United States than it imported into the country, claiming a first among major Japanese automakers. More than 30 years after it began building cars in the U.S., the company's North American arm said it shipped 108,705 Honda and Acura brand vehicles out of the U.S. in 2013. The company imported 88,537 vehicles into the U.S. from Japan.

U.S. asks Japan to return plutonium exported during Cold War

Washington has been pressing Tokyo to return over 300 kilograms of mostly weapons-grade plutonium given to Japan for research purposes during the Cold War era, Japanese and U.S. government sources said Sunday. U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, which is keen on ensuring nuclear security, wants Japan to return the plutonium supplied for use as nuclear fuel at a fast critical assembly in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, the sources told Kyodo News.

U.S. safety regulators propose child car seat side-impact test

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators have proposed upgraded standards for child car seats that will better protect children when the vehicle is struck on the side, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The regulator said it has determined that the improvement will save five lives a year. Car seat manufacturers will be given three years to meet the new standards and tests, once they are approved, NHTSA proposed.

What you might hear from (minister's name) the next time disaster strikes

OTTAWA - Newly released briefing documents depict some (but not all) of what Canadians might expect to hear from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney in the event of a disaster in Canada or the United States. Here are some of Blaney's talking points: In the event of a terrorist incident in Canada: — Canada has suffered a national tragedy. — My heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims of today's attack and their families.

What you might hear from (minister's name) the next time disaster strikes

OTTAWA - Newly released briefing documents depict some (but not all) of what Canadians might expect to hear from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney in the event of a disaster in Canada or the United States. Here are some of Blaney's talking points: In the event of a terrorist incident in Canada: — Canada has suffered a national tragedy. — My heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims of today's attack and their families.
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