Defensive realignment with U.S. a balancing act for Abe

Apr 22, 2014

Defensive realignment with U.S. a balancing act for Abe

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, exercising the right to collective self-defense will help Japan become what he calls a “normal” country on a more equal footing with the United States. His push comes as Japan and the U.S. are scheduled to revise their defense ...

TPP talks still on track: top Republican

Apr 22, 2014

TPP talks still on track: top Republican

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday said negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are still on track despite staunch opposition from both the Senate and the House to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority. “The members of the House of Representatives ...

Raise corporate profile of women, confab urges

Apr 18, 2014

Raise corporate profile of women, confab urges

A two-day international conference aiming to empower women kicked off Friday in Tokyo with a call for companies and the government to foster more female executives — an area of gender equality where Japan greatly lags behind the global norm. The fourth Women’s International ...

Diet ranks call for whaling to continue, feast to defy ICJ ruling

Apr 16, 2014

Diet ranks call for whaling to continue, feast to defy ICJ ruling

The Lower House committee on agriculture and fisheries unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday to demand that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continue to allow the country to hunt whales. Doing so would be in defiance of the International Court of Justice, which ...