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.

/ | Apr 16, 2015

G-7 statement gives Japan new backing over China issues

The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has adopted a document focusing on maritime security for the first time, giving Japan new backing in its bid to step up pressure on China over territorial issues. G-7 foreign ministers, endorsing a "Declaration on Maritime Security" document ...

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 would ...

/ 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 ever ...