EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

Jan 20, 2015

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday welcomed Japan’s desire to play a greater role in regional and global security, calling the nation a “key” ally of the EU. Last week, the Cabinet requested the nation’s largest-ever defense budget, reflecting Prime Minister ...

Dec 8, 2014

Japan, EU kick off eighth round of EPA talks

Japan and the European Union on Monday began five days of talks aimed at wrapping up an economic partnership agreement. Negotiators are expected to discuss issues including goods trade liberalization and the easing of nontariff trade barriers during the Tokyo talks, the eighth of ...

Optimize the troubled eurozone

Nov 4, 2014

Optimize the troubled eurozone

by Koichi Hamada

Europe's leaders must recognize that the eurozone, as currently constituted, is larger than Europe's optimal currency area. Some member countries — certainly Greece, and probably Italy and Spain — need an independent monetary policy.

Oct 28, 2014

The Cold War and the cold shoulder

by Ghia Nodia

From the current Russian regime's perspective, declarations that EU and NATO expansion is about spreading values, accountable institutions and good governance — not military or economic competition — is beyond hypocritical.