Apr 24, 2014

Abe Futenma plan hailed by Nakaima

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement Thursday that he would seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s cooperation in closing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa within five years. “The fact that both leaders shared a recognition about the importance ...

| Apr 19, 2014

America: the superpower ally that's far, far away

Japan is, at heart, politically as well as geographically, a country of small towns. One of these is home to the Japanese-American political relationship. Populated by distinguished elders and ambitious young courtiers from government and academia on both sides of the Pacific, this village ...

Apr 15, 2014

Hyogo blocks release of nuke crisis study data

Hyogo officials are blocking the release of data from a simulation run last year predicting what would happen to surrounding prefectures in the event of a meltdown crisis at one of Fukui Prefecture’s four atomic plants.

Apr 11, 2014

Congress top obstacle to TPP deal

Failure by Japanese and U.S. negotiators to reach a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is making headlines across Japan and raising concerns about the implications for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip here later this month. But as two U.S. congressional representatives and a Washington-based group opposed ...

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

| Apr 8, 2014

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

The Japan-Australia free trade deal that lowers or ends tariffs on Australian beef and dairy exports to Japan and on Japanese exports of machinery, consumer electronics, auto parts and food products to Australia, now puts pressure on the United States — and President Barack ...

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

Apr 7, 2014

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

Incumbent Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada, 60, easily won re-election Sunday night, defeating rival Nozomu Ozaki, 59, by over a quarter of a million votes in a lackluster race. Strong support from most established political parties and the business community, coupled with the lack of ...

Shoppers start coping with higher sales tax

Apr 1, 2014

Shoppers start coping with higher sales tax

Tuesday’s hike of the consumption tax to 8 percent saw mixed reactions in Tokyo and Osaka. While consumers in both cities seemed resigned to the increase, there was concern about the additional transportation and food costs. In Osaka, as in other parts of the ...

War memorials as varied as public's views

| Mar 31, 2014

War memorials as varied as public's views

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a source of perennial tension between Japan and its East Asian neighbors, and the Peace Parks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well-known in and out of Japan as the country’s representative war memorials, drawing millions of visitors each year. But ...