Most major firms expect to see economy grow by year-end

Aug 17, 2014

Most major firms expect to see economy grow by year-end

A domestic survey of 106 major companies has found that 100 expect the economy to expand toward year-end, and that 76 do not oppose the government’s plan to complete the doubling of the sales tax to 10 percent in 2015, a poll says. Although ...

| Aug 5, 2014

Abe's hollow Asia diplomacy

The Asia diplomacy — aka China-containment policy — of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is showing signs of falling apart amid irritation among Southeast Asian countries over the slow pace at which Abe's promises of assistance, equipment, and acceptance of foreign workers are being carried ...

Jul 28, 2014

Iran's Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He spoke with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional ...

Jul 15, 2014

Career diplomat to lead Tokyo's international outreach efforts

Akio Miyajima, deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Britain, will take up a new post leading the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s foreign affairs activities, the central government said Tuesday. With the new post, to be officially created and filled by the career ...

Jun 26, 2014

Kishida might postpone Vietnam visit

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida might delay visiting Vietnam during his trip to Southeast Asia later this month to deal with the July 1 talks with North Korea, government sources said. The possible cancellation could also be affected if the Cabinet ends up approving a ...

| Apr 26, 2014

Asian paradox: Closer but cooler

by Jeff Kingston

The mini-Cold War between Japan and South Korea has kept Washington busy as it tries to forge closer security ties between its allies to offset the rise of China. Policymakers confront the Asian paradox of deepening distrust and conflict in tandem with widening economic ...