G7 silently assents to intervention

Oct 11, 2010

G7 silently assents to intervention

WASHINGTON — Japan may have been the biggest beneficiary this weekend when the Group of Seven leading economies responded ambiguously about its currency intervention last month, which drew fire from U.S. and European lawmakers. It is almost impossible for Japan to step into the ...

| Aug 7, 2010

Obama runs risk with Roos in Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA/WASHINGTON — As U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on Friday became the first U.S. representative to attend the annual ceremony to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the move was fraught with both political gains and risks for U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama ...

| May 11, 2010

Dollar-swap pact needed to keep recovery on track

The Bank of Japan’s decision Monday for a dollar-swap accord with the U.S. Federal Reserve was welcomed by analysts, who said pumping liquidity into the banking system and helping businesses raise necessary funds are crucial to keeping Japan’s economic recovery on track. The BOJ ...

Feb 3, 2010

EU FTA quest to test political will

Japan goes into semiannual regulatory reform talks with the European Union this week, with some participants expecting to make headway on bilateral free trade. But others believe hurdles remain, saying the form of economic partnership the 27-member European economic bloc wants, based on wide-ranging ...

Finland to Japan: exploit strengths

Nov 18, 2009

Finland to Japan: exploit strengths

Finland, recently named the world’s “most prosperous” country, no longer sees economic growth as a reason to feel happy as the global crisis has changed how people value their lives, Finland foreign minister said in a recent interview in Tokyo. Alexander Stubb, in Japan ...

Nov 17, 2009

APEC offers Japan chance to display leadership

speak with a consultant about how to deal with the swine flu pandemic at its headquarters in Tokyo on Oct. 7. KYODO PHOTO The proposal, widely touted after Hatoyama took office in September, was generally welcomed when he showed up for the annual summit ...

Japan-Swiss FTA may offset lack of EU accord

Oct 15, 2009

Japan-Swiss FTA may offset lack of EU accord

The free-trade agreement that recently took effect between Japan and Switzerland is expected to help Tokyo ease any unfavorable impact from the lengthy time it has spent trying to conclude a similar accord with the European Union, Swiss Vice President Doris Leuthard said. Japan ...

Legal barriers loom for fuel-cell auto technology

Oct 15, 2009

Legal barriers loom for fuel-cell auto technology

The recent buzz over hybrids and electric cars has overshadowed the massive investments global auto giants are making in fuel-cell vehicles — another near-reality dream car that some believe promises an ultimate zero-emissions society. Japan plans to stay on the cutting edge of the ...