Kakumi Kobayashi

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

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.

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 ...