Mar 28, 2011

Nuclear policy called into question

As well as raising serious doubts about the safety of nuclear reactors, the Tohoku disaster has thrown into doubt the government’s policy of promoting nuclear power. But while public concern escalates over the use of atomic energy, it is uncertain how far the nation’s ...

Mar 11, 2011

Pitching TPP a tough nut to crack

The Kan administration is facing head winds in pushing the idea of joining negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership as concerns spread among the public that participation in the free-trade pact would adversely affect not only the farm sector but other, wide-reaching areas as well. ...

Feb 20, 2011

Young farmers brace for impact of trade liberalization

As Japan weighs the possibility of joining negotiations for a Pacific free-trade pact that could force it to drastically open up its agricultural market, it is not only pessimism that is hanging over the domestic farming industry. At least some in the younger generation ...

Temple turns to 'anime' to lure the young

Dec 25, 2010

Temple turns to 'anime' to lure the young

Ryohoji in Tokyo’s western suburb of Hachioji was just another temple that few passersby bothered to enter until it came up with the novel idea of using “anime” characters to attract visitors. The 420-year-old temple’s combination of Buddhism and geek culture, which has even ...

| Nov 8, 2010

Japan fudges stance on Pacific FTA plan

YOKOHAMA — With only a week left before the summit for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Yokohama, Japan has shown its eagerness to test the waters of a U.S.-backed multilateral Pacific free-trade agreement. But Tokyo has a number of hurdles to jump before ...

Japan-India pact may help exports

| Oct 26, 2010

Japan-India pact may help exports

Japan and India struck a bilateral economic partnership agreement Monday, taking a big step toward deepening economic ties. The accord is expected to encourage Japanese companies to boost investment and exports of auto parts to the rapidly emerging economy. Analysts also say the agreement ...

Jun 8, 2010

APEC chair Japan may toil to lead free-trade-zone talks

SAPPORO — Discussions by Pacific Rim economies about creating a regionwide free-trade zone are expected to accelerate this year after APEC trade ministers reaffirmed Sunday, the last day of a two-day meeting, the need for such action. But it remains to be seen if ...

May 17, 2010

Japan supports Seoul's patience in ship's sinking

GYEONGJU, South Korea — Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada offered support Sunday to his South Korean counterpart over the March sinking of the warship Cheonan and urged him to show “restraint” in dealing with Japan over a set of Korean-controlled islets that both sides claim. ...