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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Japanese envoy's secret Pyongyang trip more worrying than missile launches

    Posted May 18th 2013, 05:06pm by AGENCIES AND STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Agencies and Stephen Chen Missile tests by Pyongyang appear overshadowed by the unannounced trip to North Korea by an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Launches follow Japan overture ... Jong-un regime threatening nuclear strikes against the US and moving the medium-range Musudan missiles to North Korea's east coast. The warnings led the United States, South Korea and Japan ...

  2. Crisis offers a chance for closer ties with Japan

    Posted Mar 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode in Tokyo The three-way meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea at the weekend highlighted the potential for intensified ties in the wake ... Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his new Japanese counterpart Takeaki Matsumoto. Yang expressed deep sympathies and offered further aid to Japan following the 9.0-magnitude quake, tsunami ...

  3. Ties with Japan handled with care

    Posted Jan 19th 2008, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Tiankai, the new Chinese ambassador to Japan. Speaking in Tokyo yesterday, Mr Cui identified several areas in which improvements had been made, including discussions over natural resources beneath ... happy about that, but as between any countries, there are still problems,' he said in response to a question about the Yasukuni Shrine, where the souls of Japan's war dead are revered, ...

  4. Can Japan challenge China's regional power?

    Posted Apr 09th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson Japanese and Thai negotiators have been holding trade liberalisation talks this week. The outcome will indicate whether Japan can compete effectively with China ... is to lay the basis for a comprehensive Japan-Thailand free-trade agreement to be signed by the end of the year. The negotiations follow a breakthrough deal by Japan to finalise a free-trade ...

  5. We won't accept a whitewash on Japan's comfort women

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... stopped cracking down on neo-Nazism, and has made moves to criminalise denial of the Holocaust. Japan should not deny its crimes, even though it has successfully emerged from the shadow of the war ... or not those women were forcibly hauled in. In their joint statement restoring diplomatic relations in 1972, China abandoned any demand for compensation from Japan for the second world war. The Treaty ...

  6. Asean's dream date with China and Japan

    Posted Dec 05th 2003, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson When the leaders of Japan and Southeast Asia meet in Tokyo next Thursday and Friday, there will be an important subtext in their talks. The official purpose of the Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit is to mark 30 years of partnership between Japan and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations- Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, ...

  7. Unrequited love affair

    Posted Sep 11th 2003, 12:00am by Brad Glosserman

    ... The conventional wisdom on the other side of the Pacific is that US-Japan relations are the best they have ever been. The view is very different in Japan. Here, an increasing number of voices argue that the benefits of the relationship only flow one way. On a recent visit, I was continually challenged to explain just what Japan was getting out of these 'historically good ...

  8. Held to ransom

    Posted Mar 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Six months into his term as prime minister, Japan's Shinzo Abe has made demands that could hurt his relationships in the region, writes Greg Torode For an indication of the foreign ... the recreation of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula are considerable- yet Mr Abe has introduced extra demands, forcing the fate of Japanese abductees onto the nuclear agenda. Japan will not help provide ...


    Dialogue with China urged on maritime disputes

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Annual forum in Singapore hears worries about miscalculations arising from tensions over maritime rivalries, as Tokyo vows co-operation The United States and Japan called for increased dialogue with China to prevent miscalculations in waterways vital to world trade as territorial disputes raise tensions across Asia. Japan is seeking to create a National Security Council so it can ...

  10. Why Japan's rice prices go against the grain

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... going into it in detail until detail is available, here is a general observation that may put one perspective on things. Japan imposes a 490 per cent tariff on rice imports in order to protect ... the price of a bowl of rice in Japan with the price almost anywhere else. When one country removes a tariff barrier for any given product it may indeed happen that a multinational corporation ...




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