Kakumi Kobayashi

For Kakumi Kobayashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S. still in TPP stalemate

Japan and the United States are still “in stalemate” over key items holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, Tokyo’s TPP minister, Akira Amari, said Thursday during the latest round of ministerial talks. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will ...

Mar 25, 2014

Abe vows to strengthen nuclear security measures

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to strengthen measures to ensure the safe management of nuclear materials and facilities to deter nuclear terrorism. Japan will work closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency to achieve that goal, Abe told a plenary session of the ...

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

Feb 16, 2014

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

Japan and the United States failed to make progress on resolving their Trans-Pacific Partnership differences in ministerial talks Saturday as the thorny farm produce and auto trade issues kept the trade pact in limbo. Both will “continue to work” on narrowing the gaps ahead ...

| Feb 13, 2014

Abe must regain Obama's trust to repair ties with Washington

focus With U.S. President Barack Obama bound for Japan in April, political observers are focused on whether the two governments can move past a disagreement over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s contentious visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in December. The White House announced ...

Nov 25, 2013

TPP chiefs ready for Singapore meeting

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations set the stage Sunday for next month’s ministerial meeting, ending their talks aimed at sifting through as many thorny issues as possible. Details of the talks are not yet clear but negotiators ...

Kennedy's nonprofit efforts seen as asset

| Oct 18, 2013

Kennedy's nonprofit efforts seen as asset

New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy is known in Japan as a glamorous appointment who carries political clout, but her new role is also likely to highlight the advocacy and nonprofit work for which she is prominent in her home country. Japanese know her as ...