South China Sea rows not your affair, U.S., Japan told

National / 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. "China and ASEAN have agreed that ...

National / Politics Oct 8, 2013

Abe looking to boost ties at ASEAN

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the East Asia Summit and other ASEAN-related meetings in Brunei on Wednesday and Thursday, aiming to reaffirm cooperation with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the success of a special summit they plan to ...

National / 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. Abe departed Kansai International Airport after attending a conference in Kyoto. He will later visit ...

Editorials 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.

National Oct 1, 2013

More Japanese teachers needed in ASEAN, Abe is told

by Masaaki Kameda

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. The proposal, submitted to Abe on Monday, calls for boosting the dispatch ...

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. At the meeting in Brunei, ministers of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

Editorials 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.

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

National / Politics Jul 31, 2013

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

by Daisuke Yamamoto

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. Deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is ...

Abe finds an ally on Chinese claims

National / 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. During a summit Thursday in Putrajaya, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...