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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday agreed with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to enhance bilateral cooperation to successfully conclude multilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
Japan and the United States are still "in stalemate" over key items in protracted negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during a fresh round of ministerial talks,...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
A group of nine U.S. legislators will visit Japan, China and South Korea from April 18 to 27 for discussions about regional issues such as territorial disputes, the delegation chief said...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:47
The Diet on Friday approved civil nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that will help Japan export atomic power reactors to the rapidly developing economies, in line with...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held telephone talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, with the situation in Ukraine believed to be among the main topics of their discussion, a Japanese...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:46
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled against five Russian military planes that flew along three routes around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, Japan's Defense Ministry...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:51
U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korea's nuclear programs wrapped up three days of talks Thursday with no prospect in view of resuming six-nation talks on the issue. Wu Dawei, Chinese...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:50
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:03
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:03
Japanese and Mongolian defense ministers agreed Thursday to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force, in light of China's claim to the Japan-administered islands and Russia's...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Japanese and Mongolian defense ministers agreed Thursday to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force, in light of China's claim to the Japan-administered islands and Russia's...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to visit the United States in late April, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. Nippon...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to visit the United States in late April, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. Nippon...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
The government will not specify scenarios for Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense when Tokyo announces its basic stance in coming months, government sources said Thursday...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:28
Japan's Self-Defense Forces need to have more "flexibility" as Tokyo reviews its security policy to remove a ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, a former U.S. director of...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:28
Fuji Oil Co., maker of food products based on oil and fat, said Thursday it has decided to give up reconstruction of a plant in Leyte in the central Philippines that was destroyed by...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on 99.5 percent of goods imported from Japan, as it presses Tokyo to scrap tariffs even on agricultural products to clinch a 12-nation Pacific...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
Taiwan called on the Japanese government on Thursday to apologize and compensate Taiwanese women forced to work in military brothels during World War II. President Ma Ying-jeou said the U.N...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is planning to visit Japan late next month to hold talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Japanese government sources said Thursday. According...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone a visit to Russia planned for later this month, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined Kishida's trip, if...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
Since President Obama made his momentous Prague speech five years ago calling for a world without nuclear weapons, people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to request that the president visit...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
The government on Thursday downgraded its basic assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in 17 months in its monthly report for April, citing weakening consumption after the consumption...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:05
The Bank of Japan kept intact Thursday its upbeat assessment of the country's nine regional economies, noting their economies are on a "recovery" path on the back of improvement in employment...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
The government on Thursday downgraded its basic assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in 17 months in its monthly report for April, citing weakening consumer spending after the...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
Japan's consumer confidence deteriorated in March to the lowest level since August 2011, the government said Thursday, indicating mounting concern that the consumption tax hike in April will...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
The following is an explanation of state visits to Japan. State guests are the highest of five ranks of invited foreign dignitaries designated by the Japanese Foreign Ministry....
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
With the Olympics and Paralympics six years away, locals believe that foreign residents in Tokyo still face various human right violations, a recent survey by the metropolitan government showed...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
Japan will apply a tariff-quota system on such products as chicken and pork from Australia to allow set quantities of imports with low duty rates under a bilateral free trade deal, the Japanese...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen will begin fishing under new rules in waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands from Sunday. Suao Fishermen's Association Director Chen Chun-...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
The first ministerial meeting on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be held next Tuesday, Hakubun Shimomura, head of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, said...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to visit Asia next week on a tour aimed at allaying any doubts about his commitment to the region. The trip, which will take him to Japan, South Korea,...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will address differences with the United States to successfully conclude multilateral talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, amid tensions with Asian neighbors, saying the Shinto...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed his sympathies to the South Korean people involved in a fatal ferry accident the previous day. The Japanese government has offered to provide...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
A U.N. investigator and former Australian judge called on the international body to take action on Wednesday in response to his report chronicling the human rights abuses of tens of thousands of...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday that the Japanese economy is continuing to recover moderately despite being affected by the consumption tax hike in April to 8 percent from 5...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
The Aichi prefectural government is offering scholarships to foreign students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools in the prefecture on condition that they work for local...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:46
The Aichi prefectural government is offering scholarships to foreign students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools in the prefecture on condition that they work for local...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:46
Japan has agreed in its bilateral free trade deal with Australia to apply a tariff-rate quota system for Australian pork, under which set quantities would be imported with low duty rates,...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 13:45
The government will seek to relax its existing rules to allow the Self-Defense Forces to be dispatched to cope with armed attacks on allies with "close security ties" to Japan, if it decides to...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25
The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat during bilateral talks related to wider Pacific free trade negotiations, Japanese government sources said Thursday...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25
The government kept undisclosed for six months a report on an individual radiation dose study in areas around the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including a district recently...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:14
Japan and South Korea failed to narrow differences during a meeting Wednesday on the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. "It was a very...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:14
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy planted a dogwood tree on the grounds of Ise Shrine in central Japan on Wednesday as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. "I...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the chief of his Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel on Wednesday to work out the details of a proposed cut in corporate income tax rates. The Abe...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:05
The government is likely to state in its monthly economic report for April that the economy has turned downward due to the impact of the sales tax increase on April 1, sources close to the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Wednesday, in an unscheduled meeting that suggests Japan has been asking for help from Mongolia to address the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
China on Wednesday expressed welcome to Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe's visit to Beijing next week, a trip that underscores the Chinese strategy to foster ties with local Japanese leaders despite...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
The average monthly wage hike for major Japanese companies through annual wage talks this spring exceeded 7,000 for the first time in 16 years, the Japan Business Federation said Wednesday...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
Japan and South Korea held a meeting Wednesday regarding the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. The meeting was part of efforts to improve...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 07:51
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday called on Japan to take additional fiscal steps if the economy slows more than anticipated following the 3-percentage-point hike in the consumption tax on...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:48
The leader of Australia's populous New South Wales State will resign as premier he said Wednesday after misleading an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into his receipt of an...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Wednesday, in an unscheduled meeting that suggests Japan has been asking for help from Mongolia to address the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:47