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MSDF exit elated al-Qaida, Taliban: Afghan ambassador

Dec 22, 2007

MSDF exit elated al-Qaida, Taliban: Afghan ambassador

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Afghanistan has been the battleground for the global war on terrorism. So when Afghan Ambassador to Japan Haron Amin learned Japan was withdrawing its Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels from the Indian Ocean on Nov. 1 and ...

Dec 8, 2007

U.S. official senses beef trade progress

Japan indicated its intention to ease import curbs on American beef during a two-day bilateral economic dialogue in Tokyo, a senior U.S. official said Friday. Japan currently only allows imported U.S. beef from cattle aged 20 months or younger, due to concerns over mad cow ...

Dec 7, 2007

U.S. official urges Japan to open up, sign FTA

Claiming benefits for both sides, a visiting senior U.S. official urged Japan on Thursday to liberalize its agricultural market and launch talks on a free-trade agreement with the United States. Speaking in Tokyo, Daniel Price, U.S. assistant to the president for international economic affairs, said ...

UNHCR chief pitches third-country resettlement

Nov 29, 2007

UNHCR chief pitches third-country resettlement

Japan is notorious for accepting very few refugees, despite making a significant financial contribution to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. But the visiting head of the U.N. organization said Tuesday that Japan is making steady progress in improving the situation facing ...

| Nov 27, 2007

Japan zeroes in on homegrown jetliner

On Sept. 30, 2006, Japan retired the last of its only domestically produced airliner, the YS-11. About 1,000 people turned out at Tokushima airport to bid adieu to the twin turboprop on its last scheduled flight. Only 182 YS-11s were built before production terminated in 1973 ...

Fukuda carries political baggage to Washington

Nov 15, 2007

Fukuda carries political baggage to Washington

With Tuesday's passage of a new special antiterrorism bill by the Lower House, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda can breathe a sigh of relief before he meets Friday with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington in their first bilateral summit. But with the two countries ...

Nov 15, 2007

Japan, China progress little on gas dispute

Japan and China failed Wednesday to resolve their dispute over gas fields in the East China Sea at senior working-level talks in Tokyo. The two countries have agreed to conduct joint exploitation but still remain apart on the details, including which areas to develop, and ...

Nov 9, 2007

Gates hears Komura vow to get MSDF bill passed

Japan will make "utmost efforts" to resume its logistic support for the U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates Thursday. Gates' visit to Tokyo comes a week after the special law on antiterrorism cooperation ...

Quick profits, yes, but merger mania has its share of failures

Nov 8, 2007

Quick profits, yes, but merger mania has its share of failures

Mergers and acquisitions are making headlines as companies increasingly seize on consolidations to generate quick profits to reward shareholders and cope with intensifying competition in a saturated domestic market. A record 2,775 M&A deals involving Japanese companies were announced in 2006, up 1.8 percent from ...

Nov 7, 2007

No fuel went to Iraq war, Defense says

The Defense Ministry released a report Tuesday saying fuel provided by Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels in the Indian Ocean was not used for the Iraq war and thus did not violate the special antiterrorism law. According to the report, an investigation team studied documents kept ...