National May 7, 2014

JAXA to give U.S. space debris data

Japan has agreed to provide the U.S. with information related to space debris under a deal aimed at bolstering security cooperation, according to sources familiar with the matter. The U.S. government has been providing space debris information to Japan since the two countries reached an ...

National / Politics Apr 25, 2014

Cabinet's new energy plan praised by pro-nuclear U.S.

The United States on Friday welcomed Japan's new energy policy, which favors the use of nuclear power despite the three core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant that tainted much of the prefecture with radiation in 2011. In a joint statement released after ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

National / Politics | ANALYSIS Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

by Reiji Yoshida

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday's summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Business Apr 9, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs aim for TPP progress before Obama visit

Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs met Wednesday to discuss outstanding bilateral issues related to the ongoing Pacific trade talks — striving to break the stalemate in negotiations ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo in just two weeks. Akira Amari, Japan's minister in ...

National Feb 26, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium U.S. provided during Cold War

Japan plans to return, at the request of Washington, plutonium provided by the United States for research purposes during the Cold War, government sources said Tuesday. The government wants to be seen contributing to nuclear nonproliferation, the sources said. The Obama administration asked for the plutonium ...