TOKYO - Japan will set up a new amphibious military unit and deploy unarmed surveillance drones in its southwest, where it faces a row with China over disputed islands, according to drafts of the nation's latest defense plans seen on Wednesday.
TOKYO - A central bank survey out next week is expected to show Japanese business confidence improved in the three months to December as robust fiscal and household spending made up for soft exports -- thanks to Premier Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies.
Tue, Dec 10 2013
TOKYO - During the early days of "Abenomics," U.S. businesses were optimistic they could convince Japan's government to make a small change to the nation's tight immigration rules to let more household helpers into the country.
JAKARTA - General Motors Co , the world's second-biggest car maker, is trying to break the Japanese stranglehold on the popular family car market in Indonesia, where it sees the next auto boom after China, a senior executive said.
Mon, Dec 9 2013
TOKYO - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slid in opinion polls after his ruling coalition steamrolled through parliament a tough secrecy act that critics fear could muzzle media and allow officials to hide misdeeds.
VIENNA - Austrian energy company EVN is seeking to pursue legal action against Japan's Hitachi over delays to a German power plant, it said on Monday.
TOKYO - Japan aims to expand or restart bilateral currency swap agreements with five Southeast Asian nations and may announce the deals at a regional summit this weekend in Tokyo, government sources said on Monday.
Sat, Dec 7 2013
BEIJING - China's parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticize the establishment of a Chinese air defense zone which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday.
TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said central banks should avoid offering overly complicated forward guidance on their policies, warning that doing so could disrupt financial markets and prove to be counter-productive.
BEIJING - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop downplayed tensions over China's controversial air defense zone, which has also rankled the United States, Japan and South Korea, after meeting her Chinese counterpart on Saturday.
These days Washington is not known for bipartisanship, but every now and then a breakthrough is made. It is noteworthy that Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Senator John McCain, a Republican, are appearing together at a forum in Sedona, Arizona on Friday.