Hisane Masaki

For Hisane Masaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Business Jul 24, 2002

Algeria may lure Japan ODA

A recent resurgence of terrorist attacks by suspected Islamic radicals in Algeria and its surrounding areas has dealt a blow to resource-poor Japan's efforts to lubricate long-creaky relations with the oil-and-gas rich North African country. Since taking office nearly three years ago, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ...

Business Jul 23, 2002

Report to call for FTA negotiations with Mexico

Japan and Mexico should begin formal negotiations as soon as possible on concluding a comprehensive pact aimed at shoring up a bilateral economic partnership, including a free-trade agreement. This will be a conclusion of a long-awaited study report to be released later this week, which ...

Business Jul 12, 2002

FTA with Chile just isn't in the cards

Widely known as a feverish operagoer, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi may politely but disappointingly tell an exasperated Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, "Please wait patiently until the fat lady sings." The two wouldn't be talking about an opera, of course, but about a free-trade agreement that ...

National Jul 7, 2002

Koizumi facing pressure over ODA

To go or not to go -- that may be the question for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Earlier this year, Koizumi declared his intention to join other world leaders at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. But concerns within the government about Koizumi's planned trip ...

Business Jun 29, 2002

Japan, EU in no hurry to ratify nuclear energy treaty

In what may be somewhat disappointing news for the domestic power industry, Japan will not be able to sign a long-awaited nuclear energy treaty with the European Union at a regular summit next month. When the landmark treaty, which is aimed at promoting cooperation in ...

Business Jun 28, 2002

Japan-Myanmar panel set to hold final meeting

Amid a rapid easing of political tension in Myanmar, a key joint economic panel of Japanese and Myanmar government officials and private-sector experts will hold what is supposed to be its last meeting next month. According to government sources, the joint panel will meet in ...

National Jun 15, 2002

Japan, U.S. may hold own meetings on water, energy

Japan and the United States are considering convening separate international environmental meetings on water and energy problems in the leadup to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, government sources said Friday. The sources said the meetings will be held in the summer either in Japan ...

Business Jun 15, 2002

Ecuador minister to explore family history in Japan

Ecuador trade chief Richard Moss' eight-day visit to Japan beginning June 23 will be a sentimental journey. Moss, who last visited Japan in March with President Gustavo Noboa, will make the trip to hold talks with government and business leaders on ways to boost bilateral ...