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Japan PM tells Putin no U.S. bases on disputed isles if handed over: Asahi

Nov 15 2018

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, eager to resolve a row that has haunted ties with Moscow since World War Two, has told Russian President Vladimir Putin the United States would not put troops on disputed islands if they are handed over to Japan, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Vice President Pence pushes Japan for bilateral free trade agreement

Nov 13 2018

TOKYO U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, keeping up pressure on Japan to cut its trade surplus with the United States, said on Tuesday American goods and services too often faced barriers in Japan and a bilateral trade agreement offered the best way forward. | Video

Japan aims to open door wider to blue-collar workers

Nov 02 2018

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labor shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan. | Video

Public opinion, legal hurdles cloud outlook for Japan-South Korea forced labor row

Oct 31 2018

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan and South Korea will try to keep a row over World War Two forced laborers from spiraling into a crisis, after a court ruling forced the U.S. allies to confront hardening public opinion and divergent views of history.

Japan's Abe pursues China thaw as U.S-Beijing ties in deep freeze

Oct 12 2018

TOKYO While U.S. President Donald Trump appears to wage a trade "Cold War" on China, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will promote a thaw with Beijing at a summit this month where business ties will be in the spotlight.

Japan PM Abe keeps allies in key posts, just one woman in cabinet

Oct 02 2018

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept key ministers in their posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, including finance, trade and foreign affairs, while appointing just one woman to the new lineup.

In blow to Japan PM, son of U.S. Marine wins Okinawa governor vote

Sep 30 2018

TOKYO The son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother won an election for governor of Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday on an anti-U.S military presence platform, defeating a candidate backed by the ruling bloc in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan-U.S. trade talks: temporary relief but no panacea for imbalance

Sep 27 2018

TOKYO A U.S.-Japan agreement to start new trade talks avoids a bust-up over the allies' bilateral trade gap for now, but any deal would probably do little to narrow the U.S. trade deficit that infuriates U.S. President Donald Trump.

Japan PM Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge

Sep 20 2018

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and to try to cement his legacy, including by revision of the country's pacifist, post-war constitution. | Video

Japan's Abe to face Trump trade challenge after likely win in party vote

Sep 19 2018

TOKYO, Sept 20 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to win a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution.

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