More underwater pings heard in hunt for Flight MH370

Apr 9, 2014

More underwater pings heard in hunt for Flight MH370

A ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more signals that are consistent with a plane’s black boxes, the Australian official in charge of the search said Wednesday. Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search for the ...

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

Apr 8, 2014

TPP more ambitious than Japan-Australia deal: U.S. trade chief

The U.S. trade chief said Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative aims at a higher level of trade liberalization than the accord reached by Japan and Australia, playing down the impact of the bilateral agreement on the broader TPP negotiations. “I don’t think it ...

Apr 8, 2014

Costs skyrocket in search for Flight MH370

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites to the international effort. A month into the search ...

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

| Apr 8, 2014

Australian FTA limits Obama's TPP options

by Eric Johnston

The Japan-Australia free trade deal that lowers or ends tariffs on Australian beef and dairy exports to Japan and on Japanese exports of machinery, consumer electronics, auto parts and food products to Australia, now puts pressure on the United States — and President Barack ...

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Apr 7, 2014

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

by Mizuho Aoki and Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed on a free trade pact Monday in Tokyo, ending seven years of negotiations. “Today’s general agreement has a historic significance for the two nation’s efforts to establish closer ties,” Abe said during a ...

Apr 4, 2014

Opportunity to rethink whaling

The government should take the International Court of Justice's ruling against Japan's Antarctic whaling activities as a cue to work out ways to balance declining consumer demand for whale meat with the desire of some to preserve the nation's whaling tradition.