Foreign relations of Japan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/42413/all en Korean exports-Q2 outlook http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130331/korean-exports-q2-outlook <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports will likely grow around 5 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier on the continued global economic recovery, a report said Sunday.</p> <p>According to the Overseas Economic Research Institute of the state-run Korea Export-Import Bank, its index for exports came to 127.3 for the three months starting Monday, up from 126.1 for the first quarter.</p> <p>"The export index rose from three months earlier as signs of a global economic recovery continued to grow as seen in the rise of home prices in the U.S.," the report said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130331/korean-exports-q2-outlook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economy of Japan Foreign relations of Japan Yonhap News Agency Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:00:57 +0000 Yonhap News Agency 5797957 at http://www.globalpost.com German exports fall in February http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/german-exports-fall-february <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>German exports fell in February, official data showed on Tuesday in another sign that Europe's biggest economy has not fully recovered from a dip at the end of last year.</p> <p>Figures provided by the Destatis statistics office showed that seasonally adjusted exports fell by 1.5 percent from January and by 2.8 percent from February 2012, to a total of 90.4 billion euros ($117.5 billion), while imports fell by 3.8 percent to 73.3 billion euros, giving Germany an aggregate trade surplus of 17.1 billion euros, up from 16.8 billion in January.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/german-exports-fall-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economy of Japan Foreign relations of Japan AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 07:30:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5806379 at http://www.globalpost.com Exports increase 1.9%, imports fall 1.6% in February http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/exports-increase-19-imports-fall-16-february <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Export value of goods at current prices increased was LVL 538.6 million this past February - 1.9 percent or LVL 9.8 million more than in January, whereas import value of goods was LVL 644.7 million - 1.6 percent or LVL 10.8 million less than in January, according to the Central Statistical Bureau's data.</p><P>Compared to February 2012, Latvia's exports have increased 9.6 percent, whereas imports decreased 0.6 percent.</p><P>Latvia's foreign trade balance improved in February, with the value of exports increasing to 45.5 percent, up from 44.7 percent from this past January.</p><P>In Februa</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/exports-increase-19-imports-fall-16-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economy of Japan Economy of the Arab League Foreign relations of Japan Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:31:39 +0000 Asianet 5809034 at http://www.globalpost.com China's foreign trade on recovery track http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/chinas-foreign-trade-recovery-track <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> China's foreign trade growth continued to pick up in the first quarter, as the country's supportive policies initiated last year began to take effect amid the improving economy.</p><P>In the first quarter, China's foreign trade -- exports and imports combined -- increased 13.4 percent year-on-year to US$ 974.67 billion, faster than the country's 6.2-percent trade growth for 2012, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said Wednesday.</p><P>Trade surplus expanded to US$ 43.07 billion from US$ 210 million during the same period last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/chinas-foreign-trade-recovery-track" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic history of the People's Republic of China Economy of Japan Foreign relations of Japan Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:15:51 +0000 Asianet 5809524 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korean minister cancels Japan visit over war shrine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130421/south-korean-minister-cancels-japan-visit-over-war-shrine-yonha <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ju-min Park</p> <p>SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister cancelled a trip to Japan on Monday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an offering to a shrine seen as a symbol of Japan's former militarism, a South Korean government official said.</p> <p>China also objected to Abe's offering on Sunday to the Yasukuni shrine, where 14 Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal are honoured, saying Japan had to face up to its past nationalistic aggression.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130421/south-korean-minister-cancels-japan-visit-over-war-shrine-yonha" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Foreign relations of Japan Japan Shinz┼Ź Abe YTN Group Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Apr 2013 02:00:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5821952 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan shrine visits, isles row stir East Asia tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/japanese-nationalists-approach-disputed-islands-tensions-rise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kaori Kaneko</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - Tensions flared between Japan and its Asian neighbours after a group of Japanese lawmakers visited a shrine seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and Chinese patrol vessels played cat-and-mouse with a flotilla of Japanese nationalists near disputed islands in the East China Sea.</p> <p>Beijing protested over the voyage by 10 boats carrying about 80 Japanese activists into waters near the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/japanese-nationalists-approach-disputed-islands-tensions-rise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Asia Business Foreign relations of Japan Geography of Asia Japan Political geography Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:32:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5822668 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan shrine visits, isles row stir East Asia tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130423/japan-shrine-visits-isles-row-stir-east-asia-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kaori Kaneko</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - Tensions flared between Japan and its Asian neighbours after a group of Japanese lawmakers visited a shrine seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, and Chinese patrol vessels played cat-and-mouse with a flotilla of Japanese nationalists near disputed islands in the East China Sea.</p> <p>Beijing protested over the voyage by 10 boats carrying about 80 Japanese activists into waters near the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130423/japan-shrine-visits-isles-row-stir-east-asia-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Business Foreign relations of Japan Japan Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:15:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5823534 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan PM's plans to break with past threaten more friction ahead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130424/japan-pms-plans-break-past-threaten-more-friction-ahead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO (Reuters) - When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a ceremony on Sunday to mark a day in history that few voters give much thought, he will also be quietly pushing his agenda to break free from Japan's post-war pacifism that could risk inflaming regional tensions.</p> <p>This week's friction with China and South Korea over disputed territory and history showed once more that the past still looms large over diplomacy in East Asia.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130424/japan-pms-plans-break-past-threaten-more-friction-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Business Education Foreign relations of Japan Japan Labor Law Politics Religion Shinzo Abe Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:31:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5824568 at http://www.globalpost.com S. Korea calls in Japan envoy over war shrine row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/s-korea-calls-japan-envoy-over-war-shrine-row-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Korea called in Japan's ambassador Thursday to lodge a strong protest in an escalating diplomatic row over visits by Japanese cabinet ministers and lawmakers to a controversial war shrine.</p> <p>First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-Hyun told Ambassador Koro Bessho that Tokyo needed to recall the "enormous pain and damage" its wartime aggression and colonial expansion caused to countries such as South Korea.</p> <p>"We express strong regrets over the distorted understanding of history and anachronistic remarks by the Japanese government and politicians," Kim was quoted as saying.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130425/s-korea-calls-japan-envoy-over-war-shrine-row-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Foreign relations of Japan Japan Politics AFP Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:45:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5824841 at http://www.globalpost.com South Korea summons Japan envoy over PM's remarks on history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130425/south-korea-summons-japan-envoy-over-pms-remarks-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ju-min Park</p> <p>SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea summoned Tokyo's ambassador in Seoul on Thursday to protest at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's defence of visits by senior officials and lawmakers to a shrine seen by Japan's neighbours as a symbol of wartime aggression.</p> <p>China and South Korea chastised Japan after more than 160 lawmakers visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine this week. That followed a symbolic offering made by Abe to the shrine and a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and two other ministers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130425/south-korea-summons-japan-envoy-over-pms-remarks-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea Foreign relations of Japan Japan Thomson Reuters Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:15:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5825552 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. trade deficit shrinks 11 percent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130502/us-trade-deficit-shrinks-11-percent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Washington, May 2 (EFE).- The United States' trade deficit declined by 11 percent in March to $38.8 billion due to a drop in crude oil imports, the Commerce Department said Thursday.</p> <p>Imports fell overall by 2.8 percent to $223.1 billion, the largest decrease since 2009.</p> <p>Exports, meanwhile, were down 0.9 percent to $184.3 billion, due to a drop in sales of machine parts, computers and farm products.</p> <p>The U.S. trade deficit ran at an annual rate of $507.7 billion in the first quarter, compared to last year's deficit of $539.5 billion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130502/us-trade-deficit-shrinks-11-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic history of Russia Economy of Japan Foreign relations of Japan Agencia EFE Thu, 02 May 2013 20:31:18 +0000 Agencia EFE 5830081 at http://www.globalpost.com Abe to meet with about 40 African leaders during TICAD http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130505/abe-meet-about-40-african-leaders-during-ticad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold talks with about 40 African leaders during an international conference on African development in Yokohama in June, a government source said Sunday.</p> <p> The move reflects Abe's desire to regain ground lost to China, which has actively courted African governments in recent years to secure access to natural resources, according to the source.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130505/abe-meet-about-40-african-leaders-during-ticad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foreign relations of Japan Japan Politics of Japan Technology Kyodo News International Sun, 05 May 2013 11:00:05 +0000 Kyodo News International 5831258 at http://www.globalpost.com 2,000 gather in Tokyo to promote African resource business http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130515/2000-gather-tokyo-promote-african-resource-business <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A two-day meeting to discuss how to utilize African natural resources started in Tokyo on Thursday, with around 2,000 people, including natural resources ministers from 15 African nations, attending.</p> <p> At the Japan Sustainable Mining, Investment and Technology Business Forum, or J-SUMIT, the African ministers will present their countries' development policies, while Japanese researchers will demonstrate cutting-edge technologies to develop natural resources.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130515/2000-gather-tokyo-promote-african-resource-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foreign relations of Japan Politics of Africa Technology Tokyo International Conference on African Development Kyodo News International Thu, 16 May 2013 01:00:04 +0000 Kyodo News International 5838887 at http://www.globalpost.com Int'l confab on African development to focus on quality of growth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130520/intl-confab-african-development-focus-quality-growth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Leaders and delegates from more than 50 African countries will discuss how to enhance economic growth so that its benefits are shared by people on the continent, when they gather in Yokohama early next month, a Japanese government official said Monday.</p> <p> The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development will take place from June 1 through June 3, with participants expected to adopt a declaration and action plans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130520/intl-confab-african-development-focus-quality-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foreign relations of Japan International relations Politics of Africa Technology Kyodo News International Mon, 20 May 2013 14:46:02 +0000 Kyodo News International 5842023 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan to call for improved security in Africa at TICAD http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130521/japan-call-improving-security-africa-at-ticad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call on African countries when they gather in Yokohama in June to improve security against terrorism and piracy, as Japan pushes for more of its companies to enter the growing region, government sources said Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130521/japan-call-improving-security-africa-at-ticad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foreign relations of Japan Japan Politics Politics of Africa Technology War Kyodo News International Tue, 21 May 2013 14:01:16 +0000 Kyodo News International 5842853 at http://www.globalpost.com