Oct 23, 2014

Defense guideline revamp faces delay until April, U.S. says

A senior U.S. government official has suggested that the U.S. and Japanese governments may postpone finalizing new defense cooperation guidelines until next April, months after the current year-end deadline. The official said the U.S. military sees the need for further consultation between Tokyo and ...

Jun 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. restart trade talks on auto industry

Japanese and United States trade officials began two-day talks on Monday in Washington, as the U.S. continues to press Japan to open its auto market to greater imports. The talks aim to narrow remaining gaps ahead of a meeting by chief negotiators on the ...

Apr 6, 2014

Obama visit chance to showcase robust alliance: Kishida

Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Tokyo, Kishida said he is looking ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

Apr 3, 2014

U.S. hails easing of arms exports

A U.S. government spokeswoman on Wednesday welcomed Japan’s decision to ease a decades-old self-imposed ban on arms exports under the war-renouncing Constitution. “We believe this is a good step. We welcome this step,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, referring to the decision ...

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

Feb 16, 2014

TPP talks hung up on farm produce, autos

by Kakumi Kobayashi

Japan and the United States failed to make progress on resolving their Trans-Pacific Partnership differences in ministerial talks Saturday as the thorny farm produce and auto trade issues kept the trade pact in limbo. Both will “continue to work” on narrowing the gaps ahead ...

Jan 27, 2014

Return arms-grade plutonium: U.S.

Washington is pressuring a reluctant Tokyo to return over 300 kg of mostly weapons-grade plutonium it let Japan experiment with during the Cold War.