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Aussies recall POW ordeals, forgive

Dec 17, 2011

Aussies recall POW ordeals, forgive

Former Australian prisoner of war Alfred Ellwood can vividly recall being interrogated and at times tortured by the Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious military police after he was captured in East Timor, an experience that scarred him most of his life. But during a recent ...

Imperial law revisited as family shrinks, Emperor ages

Dec 16, 2011

Imperial law revisited as family shrinks, Emperor ages

It’s not an easy job, being the emperor of Japan. Besides hosting dozens of Imperial court ceremonies year-round, Emperor Akihito — alongside Empress Michiko — has to attend numerous meetings and luncheons with foreign dignitaries, and the Imperial Couple embark on numerous trips to ...

Nov 25, 2011

Noda seeks to appease party foes to TPP talks

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting Thursday with lawmakers from his Democratic Party of Japan in an effort to ease their opposition to Japan taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. It was the first time Noda met with DPJ Diet members since ...

TPP commitment hinged to interests

Nov 19, 2011

TPP commitment hinged to interests

Despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s recent declaration that Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, heated debate continues over the pros and cons of participating in the free-trade initiative. One question that has surfaced repeatedly since Noda’s announcement is whether Japan can opt out ...

Noda — between rock, hard place

Nov 12, 2011

Noda — between rock, hard place

Following Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s announcement Friday that Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, the focus of attention has now shifted to this weekend’s summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Honolulu. Despite fierce opposition from lawmakers in his ruling ...

Timing may be everything in TPP

Nov 3, 2011

Timing may be everything in TPP

As emerging Asian economies facilitate growth in the region and increasingly stand out as important players in global trade, the United States appears intent on getting its own share of the pie in the form of taking a leadership role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

Nov 3, 2011

Karen refugees snub farm, try luck in Tokyo

The first two ethnic Karen families who arrived from Myanmar under a third-country resettlement program have rejected an offer to continue working on a farm in Chiba Prefecture where they were training, and are currently residing in Tokyo, one of their lawyers said Wednesday. ...

Nov 1, 2011

Vietnam reactor deal advances; Japan looks to accept caregivers

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Hanoi counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, agreed Monday to move ahead with plans to construct atomic reactors in Vietnam using Japanese technology, despite the rethink of the national energy policy amid the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Noda met with Dung ...