Kakumi Kobayashi

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

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.

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 ...