Aussie official backpedals on foreign subs

Nov 26, 2014

Aussie official backpedals on foreign subs

Australia’s defense minister apologized on Wednesday after saying he would not trust the government-owned submarine firm “to build a canoe,” comments that fueled expectations that most work in a program costing 40 billion Australian dollars ($34 billion) will go offshore. Reuters reported in September ...

Oct 29, 2014

Australia expects EPA with Japan to take effect early next year

Australia’s economic partnership agreement with Japan is expected to enter into force early next year, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said. Robb unveiled the prospect in a statement Tuesday that welcomed an Australian parliamentary committee’s endorsement of the EPA. Japan is Australia’s second-biggest ...

Sep 9, 2014

Australia urges Japan to further lower beef tariffs in TPP

Australia is urging Japan to further lower its tariffs on beef under the Trans-Pacific Partnership after Tokyo agreed to substantially cut them under a two-way free trade deal struck in April, negotiation sources said Tuesday. Australia, which became the first major farming country to ...

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Jul 9, 2014

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Japanese restaurant operators, butchers and wine merchants are welcoming the economic partnership agreement signed with Australia on Tuesday, predicting lower prices for imported foodstuffs such as beef and booze. “We may use more Australian beef if tariffs fall,” said an official at Zensho Holdings ...

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

| Jul 8, 2014

Aussie envoy a student of Japan

by Mami Maruko

Bruce Miller, Australia’s ambassador to Japan since August 2011, has been interested in Japan since he was a boy of 11. At an early age, Miller said, his father, though an accountant who rarely traveled abroad, advised him to learn an Asian language instead ...

Abe signs condolence book for former envoy Baker

Jun 30, 2014

Abe signs condolence book for former envoy Baker

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. Embassy on Monday to sign the condolence book for Howard Baker, the former ambassador who passed away Thursday. Abe bowed to a photograph of Baker, who during his career had also been the Senate majority leader, and ...