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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 ...

Jan 26, 2017

On casinos, Osaka moves forward as Yokohama steps back

As a Liberal Democratic Party team tasked with recommending policies for casino resorts met this week, leaders in Osaka and Yokohama displayed opposite reactions to the prospect of hosting such facilities. On Wednesday, an LDP group began discussing a blueprint for the construction and ...

Record 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka in 2016

Jan 20, 2017

Record 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka in 2016

Over 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Osaka last year, the largest number ever, Osaka tourism authorities announced earlier this week. The figure represents a 31 percent increase on 2015, and is more than triple the number of foreign nationals who visited the city in ...