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U.S. courts allies with free trade offers at G20, France resists

BUENOS AIRES The United States sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a G20 finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tensions. | Video

Recent Japan News

Japan beefs up child welfare measures after 'soul-crushing' abuse death

TOKYO Japan is taking emergency steps to boost the number of child welfare workers by 60 percent within five years, spurred by the death of a child whose handwritten notes seeking forgiveness from her abusive parents have shaken the nation.

World, Jul 20 2018

Hedge fund Elliott raises stake in Japan's Alpine

TOKYO U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management has raised its stake in Alpine Electronics Inc to 6.3 percent, a regulatory filing showed, in a move that could add pressure on the Japanese company to reward minority shareholders.

Jul 19 2018

'Medical check-ups': Japan firms tap banks for advice as activists circle

TOKYO Japanese companies are increasingly turning to investment banks and public relations firms for advice on dealing with potential approaches by activist investors who are targeting low valuations and cross-shareholdings in the nation.

Wealth Jul 19 2018

SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' to disallow ride-sharing

TOKYO SoftBank Group Corp Chief Executive Masayoshi Son blasted Japan on Thursday for not allowing ride-sharing services, calling it "stupid" and saying the country was lagging overseas rivals in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI).

Tech Jul 19 2018

Japan exports to U.S. fall, business mood sours amid fears of trade war

TOKYO Japan's exports to the United States fell for the first time in 17 months and Japanese business sentiment soured amid worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies.

China, Jul 19 2018