Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

/ Apr 19, 2017

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

Facing China’s maritime assertiveness and the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to deepen security cooperation. The ministers met in Tokyo a day before “two-plus-two” security talks between the countries’ foreign and defense ...

Dec 13, 2016

Australia-Japan high-level defense talks postponed

A high-level security dialogue between Japan and Australia scheduled for later this month in Tokyo has been postponed until early next year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday, citing the ill health of Defense Minister Marise Payne. “We will need to defer the meeting ...

Jun 2, 2016

Japan suspends Australian cattle imports over infection

Japan has temporarily suspended live cattle imports from Australia after “some” cows were found to have a gastrointestinal disease, the agriculture ministry said Thursday. The infected animals arrived in Japan by air and tested positive for Johne’s disease, also known as paratuberculosis, while in ...

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...