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Nov 25, 2011

Noda seeks to appease party foes to TPP talks

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting Thursday with lawmakers from his Democratic Party of Japan in an effort to ease their opposition to Japan taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. It was the first time Noda met with DPJ Diet members since returning ...

TPP commitment hinged to interests

Nov 19, 2011

TPP commitment hinged to interests

Despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's recent declaration that Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, heated debate continues over the pros and cons of participating in the free-trade initiative. One question that has surfaced repeatedly since Noda's announcement is whether Japan can opt out of ...

Noda — between rock, hard place

Nov 12, 2011

Noda — between rock, hard place

Following Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's announcement Friday that Japan will join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade talks, the focus of attention has now shifted to this weekend's summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Honolulu. Despite fierce opposition from lawmakers in his ruling Democratic ...

Timing may be everything in TPP

Nov 3, 2011

Timing may be everything in TPP

As emerging Asian economies facilitate growth in the region and increasingly stand out as important players in global trade, the United States appears intent on getting its own share of the pie in the form of taking a leadership role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...

Nov 3, 2011

Karen refugees snub farm, try luck in Tokyo

The first two ethnic Karen families who arrived from Myanmar under a third-country resettlement program have rejected an offer to continue working on a farm in Chiba Prefecture where they were training, and are currently residing in Tokyo, one of their lawyers said Wednesday. The ...

Nov 1, 2011

Vietnam reactor deal advances; Japan looks to accept caregivers

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Hanoi counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, agreed Monday to move ahead with plans to construct atomic reactors in Vietnam using Japanese technology, despite the rethink of the national energy policy amid the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Noda met with Dung at ...

Nuclear fears reawaken mass anger

| Oct 12, 2011

Nuclear fears reawaken mass anger

Compared with the West, and recently the Middle East, which has been swept by civil uprisings, Japan is not commonly known for having large-scale demonstrations or violent antigovernment protests. But since March 11, when the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region and triggered ...

Sep 28, 2011

Noda, Aquino agree to counter China sea claims

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Philippines President Benigno Aquino III agreed Tuesday in Tokyo to forge closer maritime security ties to resolve disputes with China in the South China Sea. China and the Philippines have experienced heightened tensions over the Spratly Islands, which are ...