Abe, Kennedy hitch maglev ride

Apr 12, 2014

Abe, Kennedy hitch maglev ride

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inspected a magnetically levitated train with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture on Saturday. Abe, who offered support for using the technology in the United States to President Barack Obama in February 2013, ...

Apr 12, 2014

Sun, sand, summit: Abe plans euro-tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries between April 29 and May 8, government officials said. During the tour, Abe will meet with European leaders to discuss mainly the situation in Ukraine and measures to bolster Japan’s cooperation with the region, the ...

| Apr 12, 2014

Weapons for peace and proactive pacifism

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has relaxed curbs on arms exports and sees great market potential in Asia. In the Pacific Century, Asia’s impressive economic growth is funding expanding defense budgets, making the region the most lucrative global arms market. Alas, it is also a ...

Apr 11, 2014

Kennedy to join Abe on maglev train inspection

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to inspect a magnetically levitated train system in Yamanashi Prefecture, the government said Friday. In November, Abe met with executives from a U.S. group that is pushing to build such ...

Apr 11, 2014

ISS chief in Japan-U.S. 'tweetup'

A rare “tweetup” — a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter — involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister, has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador ...

Apr 10, 2014

DPJ exec backs LDP's 'limited' collective defense plan

A Democratic Party of Japan official told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that the major opposition party should support the proposal on legalizing Japan’s “limited” use of the right to collective self-defense. DPJ Deputy Secretary-General Akihisa Nagashima was referring to the proposal made late ...

Apr 9, 2014

Japan's jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit record high

Japanese fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit a record high in the year that ended in March, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday, as Sino-Japanese ties were strained by disputes over territory and interpretations of history. Japan scrambled combat planes against Chinese aircraft 415 ...

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 ...