Japan struggles to avoid Trump’s tariff threat as deadline looms

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Higher tariffs on Japanese cars, the country’s biggest export to the US, are still being negotiated. US President Donald Trump has been adamant about reducing its trade deficit with other nations, while two-thirds of Japan’s trade surplus with the US … Read More

Trump Meets Japan’s Emperor Naruhito at Imperial Palace

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Left to right, first lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are seen at the the welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2019. TOKYO —  U.S. President Donald Trump … Read More

US reaffirms sanctions campaign on North Korea, keeps up pressure on Japan on trade

US Vice President Mike Pence (left) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan on 13 Nov, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE TOKYO – US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday (Nov 13) reaffirmed the need … Read More

Japan, U.S. plan military response to Chinese threat to Senkakus

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TOKYO Japan and the United States plan to draw up an operations plan for a combined response by their armed forces to Chinese threats to the Senkaku Islands, government sources said. The Japanese and U.S governments are already discussing how … Read More

How Japan Might Lose Out in the Korea Talks

President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the White House on June 7. Japan could be left vulnerable depending on the substance of Mr. Trump’s meeting with North Korea about denuclearization.CreditAndrew Harnik/Associated Press TOKYO — Even if … Read More

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

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THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  It’s an honor to have Prime Minister Abe with us.  The Japanese people greeted me so warmly when I was there, and actually even before becoming President.  It’s a very, very special … Read More

Obama: North Korea’s isolation gives U.S. less leverage in talks

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SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI   TOKYO — Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program are difficult in part because the country’s isolation minimizes possible leverage, such as trade and travel sanctions against Pyongyang. … Read More