Kakumi Kobayashi

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

TPP's fate rests with Japan, U.S.

Jun 27, 2015

TPP's fate rests with Japan, U.S.

The success of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement now hinges on whether Tokyo and Washington can take advantage of progress in Congress to bridge their differences on trade.

TPP clock ticks as Congress dallies on trade authority

Mar 16, 2015

TPP clock ticks as Congress dallies on trade authority

Negotiations on a contested Pacific free trade pact have apparently hit a new snag — a U.S. legislative delay in bringing forward a bill viewed as crucial to concluding the deal. Dashing earlier expectations, the U.S. Congress has yet to submit a bill that ...

Jan 21, 2015

Japan, Britain hold first 'two plus two' security talks

The Japanese and British foreign and defense ministers were to meet Wednesday to discuss closer security cooperation, including a possible exercise to evacuate each other’s nationals from a crisis overseas, a Japanese official said. The “two plus two” talks were to be the first ...

U.S. in suspense over fate of 'Abenomics'

Nov 29, 2014

U.S. in suspense over fate of 'Abenomics'

The impending election has drawn little reaction from the U.S. government, but analysts say it will keep a close eye on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies once it is over.