Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

Jan 28, 2015

Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers Tuesday that the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration’s trade agenda. In testimony to congressional committees, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration is looking ...

Keidanren aims to reinvigorate U.S. business ties in 2015

Jan 5, 2015

Keidanren aims to reinvigorate U.S. business ties in 2015

The nation’s leading business lobby plans to send a delegation to the United States this year, its first in six years, as well as to Indonesia and Brazil. The Japan Business Federation, better known as Keidanren, will also reopen a liaison office in Washington ...

Dec 19, 2014

Japan, U.S. put off revising defense guidelines until next year

Japan and the United States said Friday they won’t revise their defense cooperation guidelines until the first half of next year, keeping in step with Tokyo’s efforts to legalize its use of collective self-defense. The update, originally planned for the end of this year, ...

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

Dec 18, 2014

Japan, Australia to provide F-35 fighter maintenance

The United States Defense Department has chosen Japan and Australia to be its maintenance hubs for F-35 stealth fighter jets in the Asia-Pacific region, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Both nations will have some facilities operational by 2018, offering heavy airframe maintenance for Lockheed ...

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Dec 17, 2014

Japan-U.S. nuclear disaster drill held at Yokosuka base

Japan and the United States held a nuclear contamination exercise at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture on Wednesday. The drill centered on the scenario of a crew member aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington being exposed to radiation. About 170 ...

U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

by Koichi Ito

A baseball series played 70 years ago between two U.S. internment camps became a symbol of freedom for a group of Japanese-Americans rounded up during the war. The players, now octogenarians, are among the more than 120,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans who were forced ...

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

Dec 13, 2014

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month to improve ties with South Korea, sources familiar with U.S.-Japan relations said Friday, reflecting Washington’s dissatisfaction with the tepid progress in reconciliation. Obama made the call during talks with Abe on the sidelines of ...