Vote by U.S. Congress stokes hope for TPP progress in July

Jun 30, 2015

Vote by U.S. Congress stokes hope for TPP progress in July

With the U.S. Congress formally granting President Barack Obama trade promotion authority, proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Japan are hoping at least the broad outlines of a bilateral deal for agriculture and auto parts may be worked out when negotiations resume in ...

Jun 15, 2015

Ehime revises Ikata nuclear plant evacuation plan

Ehime Prefecture announced Monday revised plans for cooperating with six other prefectures in the event of an accident at its Ikata nuclear plant. The prefecture will share information and cooperate on nuclear disaster drill planning with Tokushima, Kagawa, Kochi and Hiroshima prefectures, which will ...

Osaka's assault on ethnic invective stalls

| Jun 15, 2015

Osaka's assault on ethnic invective stalls

With last week’s decision by the Osaka Municipal Assembly to delay a decision on what would have been Japan’s first city ordinance to combat hate speech and to issue a nonbinding statement instead, local legal efforts to crack down on racist rhetoric have slowed. ...