U.S. urged to soften stance on farm tariffs

Nov 12, 2013

U.S. urged to soften stance on farm tariffs

Akira Amari, the minister for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, told U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday that Washington needs to recognize the importance to Tokyo of retaining tariffs on key agricultural products. Amari told reporters he explained to Lew in their ...

Sep 30, 2013

Japan, U.S. to OK deal on transfer of marines

Japan and the United States plan to give the go-ahead at a high-level meeting this week to revise the bilateral accord on realigning U.S. Marine Corps personnel in Okinawa, as well as defense cooperation guidelines in response to China’s military buildup. The planned revision ...

JET alumni advocates for Japan

Sep 3, 2013

JET alumni advocates for Japan

by Ayako Mie

Clifton Strickler never thought of coming to Japan until he met his boss at the University of Texas while engaged in an undergraduate work-study. His boss lived in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, teaching English with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. For Strickler, the JET ...

First talks with U.S. on TPP wrap up

Aug 9, 2013

First talks with U.S. on TPP wrap up

by Kazuaki Nagata

The first Japan-U.S. talks held in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade initiative ended Friday in Tokyo, setting the stage for further discussions on more specific issues. Since this was the inaugural round, the two sides basically stated their positions and tried to establish ...

Jul 18, 2013

Defense firms to get OK to help build F-35s

The government will allow domestic defense-related manufacturers to participate in production of F-35 stealth fighters for the Air Self-Defense Force, according to sources. The government, which will sign contracts with the manufacturers in August, is aiming to solidify Japan-U.S. security relations while nurturing the ...

Kikkoman aims to make global soy sauce splash

Jun 12, 2013

Kikkoman aims to make global soy sauce splash

Seasoning maker Kikkoman Corp. aims to achieve global soy sauce sales of 1 million kiloliters by 2020, a 2.5-fold jump from the current output of 420,000 kiloliters, officials said. Kikkoman this month marked the 40th anniversary of overseas soy sauce production, which began at ...

Jun 1, 2013

Japanese art gets new space in U.S.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will open a new exhibition room for its Japanese art on June 16 as part of a $350 million renovation and expansion project. “We regard it as one of the most important Japanese collections in North America,” museum President ...

May 17, 2013

U.S. Reps. Honda, Israel call remarks 'repulsive'

Two U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged Japan to distance itself clearly from an outspoken politician who said the “comfort women” forced to provide sex during the war were a military necessity. In comments that prompted outrage in South Korea and China, Osaka Mayor Toru ...