Jul 31, 2014

Japan flirts with recession; planned tax hike in doubt

Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes. The severe contraction in output ...

Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

by Sentaku

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

Jul 29, 2014

Abe top globetrotter in Japan-is-back blitz

If it’s Monday, it must be Trinidad and Tobago. That’s what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have said as he woke up Monday in Port of Spain, the Caribbean country’s capital. By Monday next week Abe will have visited 47 nations since taking office ...

Jul 29, 2014

Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan’s official development assistance ends. At the first summit meeting between Japan and the ...

Japan, Trinidad and Tobago eye stronger ties

Jul 28, 2014

Japan, Trinidad and Tobago eye stronger ties

Japan and Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to bolster cooperation in areas ranging from the economy to disaster prevention as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the resource-rich Caribbean country Sunday on the second leg of his Latin America trip. During talks with Prime Minister ...

Jul 28, 2014

Japan, Colombia to cooperate on natural resource development

Japanese and Colombian leaders are expected to agree Tuesday that the countries will cooperate in promoting Japanese investment in developing the Latin American country’s natural resources, a Japanese delegation source said Sunday. In a joint statement to be released after talks in Bogota between ...

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 ...