Japan government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Japan government The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z The Latest: New S. Korean president hints at trip to NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's presidential election (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, saying he looks forward to working together to develop their relationship and tackle North Korean threats. Ab... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:59:00Z The Latest: EU says UK blocking progress on budget review BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the European Union summit dealing with the Brexit negotiations (all times local) 5:05 p.m. Even before the European Union and Britain kick off their divorce negotiations, there is already a fight between the two that could affect the talks. EU Commission President Jea... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-04-29T15:03:00Z UK's May to Japan's Abe: investors will like post-Brexit UK LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May has told Japan's leader that she is determined to keep Britain "the best place in Europe" to run a business once the country leaves the European Union. May met Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Chequers, the British leader's country retreat outside London. May hailed Japan as "our... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:00 GMT 2017-04-28T15:55:00Z Putin, Japan's Abe discuss economy on disputed islands MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II. Japan and Russia both claim four islands north of Japan's island of Hokkaido that came under Russian control a... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:50:00 GMT 2017-04-27T15:50:00Z Japan PM to visit Russia, Britain amid North Korean tension TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute. Japanese officials said Wednesday that North Korea is also likely to be discussed given the timing of Abe's trip, though th... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:39:00 GMT 2017-04-26T13:39:00Z The Latest: Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 1:05 p.m. A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the "point of no return." In an editorial Tuesday, the Global ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:35:00 GMT 2017-04-25T04:35:00Z Japan says Pacific Rim pact offers best trade deals TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials are indicating Tokyo intends to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact despite the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement. In comments reported by the national broadcaster NHK on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said he believed the TPP trade talks would offer greater advantages to Japan than bilateral negotiations with the U.S. ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:05:00 GMT 2017-04-20T11:05:00Z The Latest: Italy assures Japan of broad unity on N. Korea LUCCA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on Group of Seven meeting of foreign ministers from industrialized nations (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting that the international community was united in its will to pressure North Korea to halt its ballistic miss... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:35:00 GMT 2017-04-10T18:35:00Z G-7 ministers seek unity in bid to press Russia over Assad LUCCA, Italy (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations met Monday to try to forge a common response to the deadly chemical attack in Syria, with new sanctions against Russian backers of President Bashar Assad one of the options on the table. G-7 diplomats sitting down for talks in the centuries-old Ducal Palace in Lucca, Ital... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:19:00 GMT 2017-04-10T17:19:00Z Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo on Monday, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dispute preventing them from forging a peace treaty. The talks are the first "two-plus-two" meeting ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:27:00 GMT 2017-03-20T04:27:00Z Asian markets mostly higher after Fed hike BEIJING (AP) — Japanese stocks were steady while other Asian markets gained Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates and a Eurosceptic party lost Dutch elections. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index was flat at 19,578.06 while the Shanghai Composite gained 0.6 percent to 3,262.90. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.2 percent to 24,084.14 and Seoul's Kospi... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:03:00 GMT 2017-03-16T04:03:00Z Saudi king visits Japan, seeks help on diversifying economy TOKYO (AP) — King Salman and hundreds of business leaders from Saudi Arabia are in Japan for talks Monday mainly expected to focus on economic ties. The visit is the first by a Saudi king in 46 years, though Salman visited more recently as crown prince. Saudi Arabia is one of Japan's biggest suppliers of crude oil, accounting for about ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:25:00 GMT 2017-03-13T04:25:00Z Rule change could make Abe longest-serving leader in Japan TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party approved a change in party rules Sunday that could pave the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become the country's longest-serving leader in the post-World War II era. It is a remarkable turnaround for Abe, who lasted only a year during an earlier stint as prime minister, and in a country that had six prime ministers i... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 05:31:00 GMT 2017-03-05T05:31:00Z US, Asian allies condemn NKorea after diplomats meet BONN, Germany (AP) — The United States, South Korea and Japan on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest missile test and said they will enhance security cooperation in response. A joint statement by the nations' three top diplomats said the U.S. "remains steadfast" in its defense commitments to the two Asian allies, "backed by the full range of its nuclear and conventional ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:18:00 GMT 2017-02-16T18:18:00Z Memorial ceremony marks fall of Singapore to Japanese troops SINGAPORE (AP) — It was 75 years ago that Singapore, the island at the tip of the Malay Peninsula that had been key strategic outpost of Britain's colonial empire, fell to invading Japanese troops. The events live on in history books more than in memories. But for Margaret Menz, the passage of years has not dulled the pain. Menz, 84, was among hundreds of... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:06:00 GMT 2017-02-15T15:06:00Z The Latest: US assesses N. Korea missile was not ICMB SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The U.S. Strategic Command says it detected and tracked what it assessed was a medium- or intermediate-range ballistic missile test-fired by North Korea. It says it did not pose a threat to North America. The command said... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 04:59:00 GMT 2017-02-12T04:59:00Z Mexico gets Trump's trade ire. Japan and Germany, a pass WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump rages about unfair trading practices, he usually directs his ire at China and Mexico. By comparison, Japan and Germany get off easy. The focus on China is understandable: The U.S. trade deficit in goods with China ($347 billion last year) is five times bigger than any other. ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:30:00 GMT 2017-02-11T19:30:00Z World stocks extend gains sparked by Trump tax cut vow HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly kept rising on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump promised he would soon cut taxes for businesses. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.3 percent to 11,678 and France's CAC 40 was flat at 4,825. Britain's FTSE 100 climbed 0.3 percent to 7,252. Greece's stock market was up 2.5 percent as its creditors met to find a way to ease... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-02-10T13:27:00Z Japan's Nikkei underperforms amid mounting political risks LONDON (AP) — Japan's main stock index underperformed Thursday ahead of meetings between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump. Other worries, such as renewed concerns over Greece, kept a lid on markets elsewhere. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 inched 0.2 percent higher to 7,206 while Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 11,618. ... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:59:00 GMT 2017-02-09T12:59:00Z Chance and challenge: Japan Inc worried but hopeful on Trump TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump's salvos on trade and currency are rattling Japan Inc., but many here hope Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can sell him a "win-win" package of job creation and investment when they meet this week, averting a return of the Japan-bashing of the 1980s. Abe moved early to build a personal rapport with Trump, meeting him in New Yo... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:03:00 GMT 2017-02-09T08:03:00Z Japan broad trade surplus at 9-year high on weaker yen TOKYO (AP) — Japan's current account surplus hit a 9-year high in 2016, helped by lower costs for imported oil and a recovery in exports that could add to friction with Washington. The data announced Wednesday came just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing for summit meetings later in the week with President Donald Trump, who has complained Japanese don't buy enough U.... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:29:00 GMT 2017-02-08T09:29:00Z Trump comments on Japan, China currencies rattle markets TOKYO (AP) — Japan is not deliberately weakening the yen to boost its exports, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday when asked in parliament about President Donald Trump's accusations of currency manipulation. Abe is expected to meet with Trump in Washington on Feb. 10. He said Japan would again explain to the U.S. side its unprecedented monetary easi... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:21:00 GMT 2017-02-01T09:21:00Z The Latest: Trump reaffirms NATO commitment to France WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 7 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed to France the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance, including that all members share the burden on defense spending. Speaking by telephone with French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND')... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-01-29T00:01:00Z Japan's military launches first communications satellite TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile threat. The Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite was on an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima (tah-neh-GAH-shee-mah)... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:24:00 GMT 2017-01-24T13:24:00Z Push to save Pacific Rim trade deal after US exits TPP pact SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as promised, is prompting other member countries to seek ways to salvage the trade pact. Leaders of some of the 11 other nations involved in the initiative said they hope to push ahead with the agreement in some form, with or without the U.S. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:41:00 GMT 2017-01-24T10:41:00Z Japan's defense minister visits Yasukuni after Pearl Harbor TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, just back from Pearl Harbor, on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals. The visit, and one by another Cabinet minister the day before, drew rebukes from neighboring South Korea and China. Inada accompanied Prime Minister Shinzo A... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:30:00 GMT 2016-12-29T14:30:00Z Japan, Russia agree on economic ties; stalemate on territory TOKYO (AP) — Russia and Japan agreed Friday to hold talks on joint economic development of four islands at the center of a decades-old territorial dispute between the countries. It was a small step forward that fell far short of breaking the stalemate in a dispute that has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty formally ending their World War II hostilities. ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:59:00 GMT 2016-12-16T13:59:00Z Putin-Abe summit brings big Japan-Russia economic projects TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Russia are stepping up cooperation as Russian President Vladimir Putin pursues opportunities in fast growing Asian markets for his country's vast Far East. Many of the dozens of deals finalized during his visit to Japan this week involve the energy sector, and most are projects linked to some of both countries' largest corporations. ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:30:00 GMT 2016-12-16T10:30:00Z The Latest: Putin visits judo center in downtown Tokyo TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Japan (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the Kodokan Judo Institute, a judoists' mecca in downtown Tokyo, as he wrapped up his two-day visit to Japan. Putin studied judo when he was young and holds the black belt... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:09:00 GMT 2016-12-16T10:09:00Z