Isabel Reynolds

For Isabel Reynolds's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kawasaki hamstrung by government stance on military exports

Jun 14, 2017

Kawasaki hamstrung by government stance on military exports

An executive at one of the country’s biggest defense companies has bemoaned government barriers to exporting military equipment, as changes to the law have failed to bring the bonus some expected for the domestic industry. Speaking at Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.’s booth at the ...

Abe's coalition ally warns military shift could rile neighbors

/ May 31, 2017

Abe's coalition ally warns military shift could rile neighbors

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition partner warned that a proposal to broaden the military’s role to strike back against enemy attacks risks upsetting Japan’s neighbors. “Japan has gained the trust of neighboring countries by adopting an exclusively defensive posture,” Natsuo Yamaguchi, who leads the ...

Abe's Trump dilemma: Getting Japan to buy U.S. cars

| Jan 26, 2017

Abe's Trump dilemma: Getting Japan to buy U.S. cars

As Japan races to preserve U.S. trade ties after President Donald Trump withdrew from a Pacific trade pact, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a dilemma that has plagued Japanese leaders since the 1980s: How to convince his citizens to buy American cars? Trump singled ...