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| Oct 9, 2013

TPP talks end upbeat but year-end deadline uncertain

The 12 Pacific Rim countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations declared they have made significant progress as they wrapped up a series of meetings Tuesday in Bali, Indonesia, but whether they can meet their target of concluding a deal by the end ...

Japan's inclusion in FTA talks 'changes balance'

Sep 10, 2013

Japan's inclusion in FTA talks 'changes balance'

As a major economy with considerable influence in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has a key role to play in setting the rules in multiple regional free trade agreements, the head of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation secretariat said. In a recent interview in Tokyo, APEC ...

More competitors urgently needed: iRobot tech chief

Jul 29, 2013

More competitors urgently needed: iRobot tech chief

The technology chief of major U.S. robotics firm iRobot Corp. wants Sony Corp. to resume its robot business and hopes more Japanese makers will turn out commercial units to encourage investment in the industry. In a recent interview, iRobot Chief Technology Officer Paolo Pirjanian, ...

Japan's entry seen giving TPP talks weight, dynamics

| Jul 26, 2013

Japan's entry seen giving TPP talks weight, dynamics

Japan’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations has significantly boosted the economic scale of the envisioned pact, but it has also brought new complexity to the multilateral talks that have been strongly influenced by the world’s leading economy, the United States. With Japan, ...

TPP entry green light marks start of tough trade talks

| Apr 23, 2013

TPP entry green light marks start of tough trade talks

As the two-day ministerial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum ended Sunday in Indonesia with calls to promote free-trade initiatives, Japan gained unanimous backing to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks from the 11 APEC economies involved. Yet, the green light obtained on ...

Tohoku car sector sees signs of growth

Mar 8, 2012

Tohoku car sector sees signs of growth

For Matsushita Toso, a small auto surface treatment company in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, the shiny black metal parts hanging at its newly introduced line are a sign of the auto industry’s growth and recovery from the March 11 disasters. The company, with less than ...

Jan 5, 2012

Ghosn expects growth in '12 but urges more work on yen

Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn expects Japan to grow in 2012 on recovery from last year’s devastating tsunami, although he cautioned that curbing the yen’s strength is crucial since it is already resulting in job losses and a hollowing out of industries. “In ...

Bunnies bounce in Year of Rabbit

Jan 1, 2011

Bunnies bounce in Year of Rabbit

A sunny weekend in Yokohama finds a small room packed with young visitors eager to get to the dozen metal cages lined up on a shelf. “Look, it’s getting all cozy and drowsy,” said a young woman to her husband as they sat on ...

Aug 4, 2010

Antiwar director, 98, still carries message

While it’s not uncommon for film directors to work into their senior years, not many have managed to maintain the will and physical strength to continue to age 98. But Kaneto Shindo is driven by his strong opposition to war and nuclear weapons, and ...

Mar 9, 2010

Aum victim keeps memory alive via film

Shizue Takahashi is painfully aware that for many people, 15 years is long enough for memories to fade and for a generation to grow up with little knowledge of the trauma she and thousands of others suffered in 1995. It was in March that ...