Aug 20, 2015

Tokyo asks for ruling on Seoul import ban

The Japanese government on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to rule over South Korea’s import ban on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis that Tokyo says violates international trade rules. The move comes after the ...

Jun 25, 2015

Seoul, Tokyo still at odds over 3/11 fish import ban

Japan and South Korea held talks on Seoul’s import ban on Japanese fishery products in Geneva Wednesday under dispute settlement procedures of the World Trade Organization but failed to iron out their differences. The two sides, however, agreed to continue the talks on Thursday. ...

Tax agency may narrow definition of 'Japanese sake'

Jun 10, 2015

Tax agency may narrow definition of 'Japanese sake'

The National Tax Agency is considering defining “Japanese sake” as a home-brewed alcoholic drink made from Japanese-grown rice in order to differentiate it from foreign-brewed sake, according to sources. The agency is mulling the definition to improve the brand of Japanese sake and help ...

Dec 20, 2013

LDP eyes bill to probe land owners

The Liberal Democratic Party has drawn up a legislative outline to investigate people who own land related to defense facilities or on remote islands near Japan’s borders, officials said. The ruling party plans to submit the legislation as a lawmaker-initiated bill when the Diet ...

Dec 18, 2013

WTO breakthrough in Bali

Meeting with trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, the World Trade Organization has concluded its first trade reform agreement despite last-minute threats from Cuba and India. It is a moment to savor, but it is just a start.