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Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago

Jul 28, 2014

Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Mexico Sunday, having struck a series of energy deals, and headed for Trinidad and Tobago, his next stop on a tour of Latin America. The Japanese leader and his wife received a red-carpet sendoff flanked by soldiers at the ...

Jul 27, 2014

Hokkaido Electric seeks approval for second hike in energy rates

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is considering filing for government approval next month for plans to implement an additional hike in its electricity rates for households, it was learned Sunday. Seven Japanese power suppliers — including Hokkaido Electric — have raised their rates following the ...

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

Jul 27, 2014

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

by Eric Johnston

On March 18, 1975, in a show of defiance against Japan-U.S. military policy, the Kobe Municipal Assembly passed a resolution that became known as the “Kobe Formula.” From that day forward, the resolution said, any ship carrying nuclear weapons would not be allowed to ...

Self-defense less collective at local level

| Jul 27, 2014

Self-defense less collective at local level

by Eric Johnston

After the Shiga gubernatorial election earlier this month, in which Taizo Mikazuki, the hand-picked successor to former Gov. Yukiko Kada, defeated the ruling coalition’s candidate, certain media agencies and pundits suggested that collective self-defense had no impact on the race. Such arguments were factually ...

Jul 27, 2014

Japan, Brazil to repeat refrain on rule of law

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are expected to stress in a joint statement this week that they share basic values including respecting the rule of law, a Japanese delegation source said Saturday. Their statement, to be released following their meeting ...

Jul 27, 2014

Eel demand robust despite higher prices

Demand for grilled eel has been robust toward the midsummer Day of the Ox despite lingering high prices. The Day of the Ox, which falls on Tuesday this year, is thought to be the hottest day of the year. Japanese traditionally eat grilled eel ...