Tag - asean



Japan Times
Nov 7, 2013
ASEAN chief says integration offers potential for Japanese businesses
Japan's continued support for economic integration among the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is vital and will pay off for Japanese companies in the region, according to ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.
Oct 22, 2013
Asia's (re)invitation to Obama
Mr. President, congratulations on handling the domestic crisis of the government shutdown and debt ceiling. The problem will recur, but most see you as a winner for holding your ground. Now, about that trip you canceled to Asia.
Oct 17, 2013
Making do without Obama
More attention has been given to U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to cancel his trip to Asia because of Beltway politics than to what the regional ministers did without him.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 11, 2013
South China Sea rows not your affair, U.S., Japan told
China traded barbs Thursday with the United States and Japan regarding the territorial disputes it is having with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the South China Sea, telling the nonclaimants to mind their own business.
Japan Times
Oct 10, 2013
China, South, ASEAN asked to ease food ban
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asks the leaders of China, South Korea and ASEAN to relax or eliminate import restrictions on Japanese produce, touting its safety more than two years after the start of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Oct 10, 2013
Japan P.M. tells ASEAN he wants to engage China but is still concerned
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conveyed to his ASEAN counterparts Wednesday in Brunei that Tokyo is ready to improve ties with Beijing through dialogue while at the same time expressing concern over China's behavior by referring to attempts to change the status quo by force.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 8, 2013
Abe looking to boost ties at ASEAN
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 6, 2013
Abe off to Bali for APEC, TPP meetings
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Indonesia on Sunday to join key defense and trade meetings with Asia-Pacific leaders, where cooperation on creating free trade areas will top the agenda.
Oct 5, 2013
Japanese language diplomacy
An expert panel has proposed increasing the number of Japanese teachers sent abroad to teach the Japanese language as a way of improving relations with Southeast Asian nations.
Oct 1, 2013
More Japanese teachers needed in ASEAN, Abe is told
An expert panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed bolstering support for Japanese-language education in ASEAN countries by increasing the number of teachers, as more people in the region are learning Japanese.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 19, 2013
Ministers meet to strike 16-nation free trade deal
Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations, including Japan and China, were Monday set to begin their first ministerial-level negotiations toward the creation of one of the world's largest free trade blocs.
Aug 15, 2013
China, ASEAN at crossroads
Rising tensions in the South China Sea have roiled ASEAN-China relations. Yet there is now agreement to begin consultations on a Code of Conduct.
Aug 14, 2013
Conduct in territorial disputes
Although waves are forecast for talks between China and ASEAN on a code of conduct covering the South China Sea, both sides must persevere to reduce tension.
Aug 6, 2013
'Abenomics' stirring optimism in Southeast Asia
Even if Abenomics succeeds, there is no return to the days when Japanese invested in ASEAN for cheap land and labor, and dominated the region with little competition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 31, 2013
Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visits to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines last week underscores his government's eagerness to forge closer ties with the fast-growing Southeast Asia region as part of efforts to revive Japan's economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 26, 2013
Abe finds an ally on Chinese claims
Japan and Malaysia have agreed on the importance of abiding by international law in addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China is claiming islands in direct competition with Southeast Asian countries.
Jul 22, 2013
Indonesia's cautious confidence
How does Indonesia leverage its newly acquired strength to confront the challenges facing it and its regional partners, while avoiding foreign policy recklessness
Jul 3, 2013
China turns on charm at ASEAN talks
China turned on the charm at a regional security meeting this week, signaling a change in tone as President Xi Jinping seeks to counter a U.S. push for more influence in Asia.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 3, 2013
Japan mum on North envoy chat in Brunei
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he had a short conversation with North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun Monday afternoon as they gathered for ASEAN-related meetings in Brunei.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 1, 2013
Japan, South Korea agree to work on improving relations
The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea agree to work on improving relations strained by Japan's perception of the war and the sovereignty of two tiny islets.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
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