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. ...

Jan 1, 2010

Year to see U.S. ties tested, Tokyo trying to woo Asia

Japan’s ties with the United States are expected to be put to the test in 2010 as Tokyo struggles to settle a row over the Futenma military airfield in Okinawa, possibly as a step toward reshaping the decades-old bilateral alliance. In contrast, the Hatoyama ...

Okada's inconclusive visit irks Okinawans

Dec 7, 2009

Okada's inconclusive visit irks Okinawans

NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Following a weekend visit to Okinawa by Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada that succeeded in upsetting local residents, it remains far from clear how the central government will settle the thorny issue of where to relocate Futenma air base. While Okada ...