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. ...

Apr 26, 2016

Facts about the Australian submarine deal

Australia on Tuesday announced French naval shipbuilder DCNS as the winning bidder to design and build its next generation of submarines. Here are facts about the 56 billion Australian dollars ($43 billion) project: Why does Australia need new subs? The country’s current fleet of ...

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report

Apr 20, 2016

Canberra all but rules out Japan sub bid: report


Canberra has all but eliminated the much-hyped Japanese bid to build the country’s 50 billion Australian dollar fleet of new submarines, a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Wednesday. The Cabinet’s National Security Committee reportedly discussed the bids by France, Germany and Japan ...