Category Archives: Current Affairs

Abe to keep putting highest priority on economy in 2017

2020 goal for fixing Japan’s finances a tall order

2020 goal for fixing Japan’s finances a tall order Japan’s goal to restore its fiscal health, the worst among developed countries, is still far off amid prospects for tepid economic…

Japan, U.S. eye Abe-Trump talks around Feb 10

Japan, U.S. eye Abe-Trump talks around Feb 10

Japan, U.S. eye Abe-Trump talks around Feb 10 TOKYO — The Japanese and U.S. governments are arranging a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump in Washington…

Think tank expert says Japan should lead in TPP renegotiations without U.S. participation

Japan left talking to wall after Trump dumps TPP

Japan left talking to wall after Trump dumps TPP TOKYO — Japan, the largest economy signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the United States, could only repeat its platitudes…

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe U.S. auto industry

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe U.S. auto industry

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe U.S. auto industry The threat from President Donald Trump to tax Mexican-made cars sold in the U.S. would throw the auto industry into disarray,…

Trump's stance on TPP complicates Japan's trade, growth options

Trump’s stance on TPP complicates Japan’s trade, growth options

Trump’s stance on TPP complicates Japan’s trade, growth options TOKYO — U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolve to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has knocked out a pillar of Japan’s…

Tokyo bus operator adds free-to-use USB chargers for tech-loving passengers

Tokyo bus operator adds free-to-use USB chargers for tech-loving passengers TOKYO — Trains in Japan get plenty of media attention, whether for their high-speed convenience, luxurious appointments, or kindhearted strangers….

Abe's Asia-Pacific trip aimed at drawing Trump engagement in region

Abe’s Asia-Pacific trip aimed at drawing Trump engagement in region

Abe’s Asia-Pacific trip aimed at drawing Trump engagement in region HANOI — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to cement ties with key Pacific-Rim countries during his trip through Tuesday, apparently…

JR Kyushu runs 'Kiss My Nagasaki' campaign

JR Kyushu runs ‘Kiss My Nagasaki’ campaign

JR Kyushu runs ‘Kiss My Nagasaki’ campaign An American friend recently posted a poster he spotted in Kyushu on social media with the comment, “Someone at the Nagasaki tourism board…

Japan's elderly inmates prefer jail

Japan’s elderly inmates prefer jail

Japan’s elderly inmates prefer jail Every day is the same. He wakes at 6:45 a.m., eats breakfast 20 minutes later and reports for work at 8 a.m. sharp. But this…

Tokyo office boom fades with more space, fewer workers

Tokyo office boom fades with more space, fewer workers

Tokyo office boom fades with more space, fewer workers TOKYO — Commercial property prices in Tokyo, a bellwether for Japan’s market, look to have peaked as the capital faces a…