Business Apr 16, 2002

Debate brews over easing trade with poor countries

A tug-of-war is brewing behind the scenes within the government over whether Japan should do more to help the world's poorest countries by granting their products, especially seafood, greater access to its lucrative market. According to government sources, Japan is considering revising its preferential trade ...

Business Apr 5, 2002

Visa-free travel for APEC business people slated for '03

In a long-awaited move, Japan plans to introduce the APEC Business Travel Card program early next year to facilitate visa-free travel for business people from Japan and other APEC member economies, government sources said Thursday. The sources said the government will make a formal decision ...

Business Apr 5, 2002

Myanmar meeting to discuss blueprint for future ASEAN partnership

Japan and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations will hold their highest-level talks ever in Myanmar next week to discuss Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's recent proposal to forge a "comprehensive economic partnership." But the talks are expected to expose sharp differences between Japan and ...

Commentary / World Mar 29, 2002

Fresh irritants may still derail Sino-Japan ties

Like Tokyo's cherry-blossoms-dotted landscape at this time of year, relations between Japan and China appear to have sprung back to life -- and in bloom again after a winter of chill and frost. But below the surface of the increasingly amicable atmosphere of bilateral ties ...

Business Mar 23, 2002

Peru no longer a favored destination of Japanese ODA

Japanese official development assistance for Peru has plunged sharply amid a chill in diplomatic ties over the fate of Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian president of Japanese descent. The steep fall comes after a decade-long spree that began soon after Fujimori took office in 1990 ...

Business Mar 22, 2002

Culture clash arises out of FTA deliberations

Japan and Mexico have made it halfway through what for Japan remains an unexplored tunnel and are beginning to see a glimmer of light. But both remain unsure how much brighter that flicker will grow. Under an agreement reached between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President ...

Business Mar 9, 2002

Fund to fight AIDS set to debut

In an effort to bring the spread of infectious diseases under control, the multibillion-dollar Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will make its official debut at a ceremony in New York next month. The three-day ceremony, which will open April 22, will be ...

Business Mar 8, 2002

Myanmar aid stalled but not finished

Although nearly a year has passed since Japan announced its controversial multibillion-yen aid plan for Myanmar, not a single penny has been disbursed to the cash-strapped, military-ruled Southeast Asian country. Did Japan drop the aid plan due to a barrage of criticism from home and ...

Business Feb 23, 2002

Japan to listen as it decides on crucial WTO stance

Japan will begin work on formulating its negotiating position on an issue that is likely to sharply pit industrialized countries against developing economies in the recently launched round of global trade liberalization talks -- the environment. The process starts rolling at the end of March ...

National Feb 23, 2002

Tokyo mulls donation to WTO trust fund

Japan may contribute 1.5 million Swiss francs -- about 117 million yen -- to a new trust fund established within the World Trade Organization to increase trade-related technical assistance for developing countries, government sources said Friday. The funding plan for the Doha Development Agenda Global ...