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JAPAN / Politics
Jun 6, 2014
Abe drops SDF combat mission proposal
Japan's security talks take a twist as Prime Minister Abe's team says the SDF won't take missions in combat zones, after trying earlier to scrap the term 'non-combat zone.'
May 30, 2014
Abe taking gamble by trusting North Korea
Prime Minister Abe is taking a big gamble by trusting notorious North Korea because disappointing results from the abduction probe could have a high political price.
May 21, 2014
TPP talks progress, no completion
A broad Pacific trade accord appears nowhere in sight after ministers from 12 countries failed to specify a timeline for striking a deal, despite the efforts of Japan and the United States to inject impetus by highlighting the progress they made on tariffs in bilateral talks last month.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 20, 2014
TPP ministers fail to set timeline for striking deal
Ministers from the 12 countries trying to hammer out the Trans-Pacific Partnership fell short of setting a clear timeline for ending the negotiations as they wrapped up a two-day meeting Tuesday in Singapore, although they stressed that progress was made on tariff issues.
Japan Times
May 19, 2014
Japan, U.S. resume talks over TPP
Japan and the United States resumed discussions over outstanding bilateral issues related to Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement Monday in Singapore, where trade ministers from the 12 negotiating members were gathering to seek further progress.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 27, 2014
Next Japan-North Korea talks likely in May, unless nuclear test is held
The next round of talks between Japan and North Korea will likely be held in late May at the earliest as Tokyo waits to see how Pyongyang reacts to a court decision on the de facto North Korean Embassy building in Tokyo, government sources said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 19, 2014
Japan, U.S. to meet again on remaining TPP gaps
Japanese and American officials are gearing up for a fresh round of talks in Tokyo this week over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2014
Ishihara cool to merger overture by Yui no To
Kenji Eda, president of minor opposition party Yui no To, met Friday with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Shintaro Ishihara to explore ways for a possible merger but was told such talks should not be held until June 22, when the Diet closes, participants in the meeting said.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2014
Japan, U.S. fail to move closer over TPP before Obama visit
Japan and the U.S. fail to move closer over outstanding issues in their bilateral talks related to a Pacific regional trade pact, providing little hope of a breakthrough before U.S. President Barack Obama's Tokyo visit in two weeks.
Apr 7, 2014
Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks
Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up.
Apr 6, 2014
Japan, N.K. envoys may hold secret talks soon
Japanese and North Korean diplomats are exploring the possibility of secretly meeting in the not-so-distant future to capitalize on their first formal talks since November 2012, a source familiar with the situation said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 30, 2014
Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties
At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling "outstanding issues" impeding bilateral ties.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 13, 2014
Japan-North Korea Red Cross talks slated for next week
The Red Cross societies of Japan and North Korea will hold a two-day meeting starting March 19 in Shenyang, northeastern China, with the government participation from both sides, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 12, 2014
Key firms agree to hike pay scales
Many major firms notified their labor unions Wednesday that they will raise pay scales to conclude this year's spring wage negotiations, responding to strong calls from the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help end long-standing deflation.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 29, 2014
Biden tried to talk Abe out of Yasukuni visit
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to visit Yasukuni Shrine just two weeks before his pilgrimage to the war-linked memorial sparked a furor.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 19, 2014
Japan plans to open talks with Syrian opposition
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday will unveil plans at the Syria peace talks in Switzerland to open a dialogue with the Syrian opposition on bringing the civil war, now in its third year, to a quick conclusion, sources in the Japanese government said Sunday.
Jan 17, 2014
U.S. wants TPP ministerial talks in late February
The United States has proposed convening a four-day ministerial meeting for the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks starting Feb. 22 in Singapore, a Japanese official said Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 13, 2013
Abe rubs elbows with ASEAN chiefs
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with the top leaders from Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Singapore, expressing concerns about China's setting of a new air defense zone over the East China Sea.
Nov 14, 2013
Japan, France eye arms export notice
Japan and France plan to hold their first security talks early next year, possibly in the first half of January, to discuss establishing an arrangement under which Tokyo would be notified of exports from France of equipment that could be diverted to military use, Japanese government sources said.
Nov 8, 2013
Japan, S. Korea, China to make joint effort for trilateral summit
South Korea, Japan and China have agreed to try to arrange a trilateral summit despite their frosty relations over contrasting perceptions of wartime history and territorial disputes.


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