Business Jun 14, 2002

Will new responsibility make farm ministry act responsibly?

Will too many cooks spoil the broth? According to government sources, Japan and South Korea have selected members of a joint study panel that will look into the possibility of tying the two countries via a bilateral free-trade agreement, or FTA. The panel is scheduled to ...

Business Jun 1, 2002

Japan, China need cooling-off period before launching cooling-off forum

When they met during an international business conference on the southern Chinese island of Hainan in March, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Chinese counterpart, Zhu Rongji, agreed to inaugurate a high-level comprehensive forum for dialogue on economic topics. But more than two months later, ...

Business May 31, 2002

Aid-policy coordination to help fight terror

Japan and the United States will expand cooperation in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism to include closer aid-policy coordination for Afghanistan and other strategically important countries, government sources said Thursday. Top-level aid officials from the two countries — by far the world's largest aid donors ...

Business May 22, 2002

Caribbean may end up top banana in paper manufacturing

Banana paper may provide cash-strapped Caribbean countries with the best hope for a brighter future. Nine youths from Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent and Suriname are now visiting Japan at the invitation of the government to receive training in the utilization of banana fiber for making ...

Business May 21, 2002

Controversial food-aid fund study gets under way

Officials from six international organizations are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work on a low-profile -- but nevertheless significant -- mission that could affect the course of future farm trade liberalization negotiations. The mission, mandated by the Geneva-based World Trade Organization's ministers in ...

National May 19, 2002

Japan rethinks plan for permanent U.N. Security Council seat

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Japan has been forced to review its diplomatic strategy for gaining a long-coveted permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The first obvious result of this review has been Japan's ...

Business May 4, 2002

Japan, France to start full-scale pension talks

Japan and France will launch full-scale negotiations as early as the fall on the conclusion of a social welfare pact, government sources said Friday. The countries have already held several rounds of preparatory talks on the agreement, which would seek to prevent the double collection ...

Business May 3, 2002

Donors working on IDA deal

With the clock ticking on the end-of-June deadline for a final agreement, the world's major industrialized countries appear to be nearing a compromise on fresh funding for the International Development Association. According to international financial sources, Japan, the United States and major European countries are ...

Business Apr 17, 2002

JICA mission to look into Havana Bay cleanup project

After nearly three years of preliminary research, Japan will dispatch a mission of aid experts to Cuba as early as this summer to begin full-scale work on the development of a project to clean up heavily polluted Havana Bay, government sources said Tuesday. The mission ...