Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

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The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

Apr 3, 2014

U.S. hails easing of arms exports

A U.S. government spokeswoman on Wednesday welcomed Japan’s decision to ease a decades-old self-imposed ban on arms exports under the war-renouncing Constitution. “We believe this is a good step. We welcome this step,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, referring to the decision ...

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

Feb 16, 2014

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

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Japan and the United States failed to make progress on resolving their Trans-Pacific Partnership differences in ministerial talks Saturday as the thorny farm produce and auto trade issues kept the trade pact in limbo. Both will “continue to work” on narrowing the gaps ahead ...

Jan 27, 2014

Return arms-grade plutonium: U.S.

Washington is pressuring a reluctant Tokyo to return over 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium it let Japan experiment with during the Cold War.

Jan 16, 2014

Japan, U.S. share ADIZ concerns

Top Japanese and U.S. government officials reaffirmed their commitment Wednesday to work closely to deal with China-related issues such as Beijing’s establishment of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea that encompasses disputed, Japan-controlled islets. Nobuo Kishi, senior vice foreign minister, ...

Jan 14, 2014

GOP lawmaker prods Kishi on South Korea relations

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi discussed the contentious visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his older brother, to Yasukuni Shrine with Republican Rep. Steve Chabot on Monday, the U.S. lawmaker said. At a meeting in Washington, Chabot, a member of the House of ...

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

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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 ...