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Dec 6, 2006

VOA ups info ante as Pyongyang tries to squelch broadcasts

The Voice of America is expanding its Korean service aimed at the North Korean people, already isolated from the outside world and even more so since the country’s missile and nuclear tests this year. Informing them about abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korean ...

U.S. Democrat victory may mean heat for Japan

Nov 9, 2006

U.S. Democrat victory may mean heat for Japan

U.S. President George W. Bush is unlikely to change his policies toward Japan but he is expected to face stronger pressure from Congress to address issues that include trade, visits to Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders and Japan’s wartime sex slaves. With his Republican ...

Armitage says next prime minister should engage Beijing

Sep 5, 2006

Armitage says next prime minister should engage Beijing

The next prime minister should visit Asia first thing and promote dialogue with China in such areas as energy to improve ties, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in a recent interview. “The most important thing is we need a Japan ...

Aug 12, 2006

U.S. lauds Koizumi but hopes successor skips shrine

The United States hopes the successor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi can continue his legacy both on the diplomatic and domestic fronts, after his departure in September. But there is one exception, as U.S officials and experts agree that it would be better for ...

U.S. beef report shows food safety perception gap

Feb 19, 2006

U.S. beef report shows food safety perception gap

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has concluded that veal containing banned backbone material was shipped to Japan last month due to “inadequate familiarity” on the part of exporters and inspectors about the requirements. But the findings and additional preventive measures in the ...

Former U.S. official voices concerns over East Asia security

Oct 20, 2005

Former U.S. official voices concerns over East Asia security

A former ranking U.S. official expressed concerns in a recent interview over the current situation surrounding the U.S.-Japan security alliance, including China’s emergence. Kurt Campbell, a former defense deputy assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific affairs, said the administration of President George W. ...

Mar 16, 2005

U.S. worried Japan would unload dollars amid '90s friction

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) The U.S. government was worried during a spate of high-profile trade disputes with Japan in the late 1990s that escalating friction might lead Tokyo to unload its dollar assets and hurt security ties, according to a former top U.S. trade negotiator. Charlene ...