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Abe walks a fine line between Trump and Asia

| Feb 18, 2017

Abe walks a fine line between Trump and Asia

In defending his attempts to bond with U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Diet members last week that however critical other countries, and much of America, might be of Trump, he, and by extension Japan, has no other choice but to ...

Business leaders critical of Abe's overtures to Trump

/ Feb 10, 2017

Business leaders critical of Abe's overtures to Trump

Senior business leaders, former diplomats and government advisers, and national security experts Friday warned that while Japan’s relationship with the United States is the foundation for regional security, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to forge a close relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump carried ...

Feb 8, 2017

Osaka pushes Yumeshima for casino and resort, 2025 World Expo

Osaka’s political and business leaders are moving forward with plans to develop Yumeshima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, into what they hope will be the site of an integrated resort with casino gambling by 2024 and the World Exposition in 2025. But with ...

Japan cautiously watching how Trump agitates the trade waters

Feb 2, 2017

Japan cautiously watching how Trump agitates the trade waters

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration struggles to deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, local government leaders around the country, many of whom are members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, are expressing caution and concern about what Trump has said and plans to ...

Japan breathes new life into regional, non-U.S. trade pact

| Jan 30, 2017

Japan breathes new life into regional, non-U.S. trade pact

With U.S. President Donald Trump’s formal decision to withdraw from the long controversial American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, attention in the Asia-Pacific region is turning toward making renewed efforts to complete a separate multilateral trade agreement that excludes the U.S. — the Regional Comprehensive Economic ...