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Japan wants frictionless UK-EU trade after Brexit: ambassador

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Japan wants Britain to have frictionless trade with the European Union after Brexit, its ambassador said Thursday, insisting a damaging no-deal scenario should be avoided. Japanese companies are looking to expand their investment in Britain but are holding back due to uncertainty over Brexit, Koji Tsuruoka said during a talk… Read

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Gov't leaves economy view unchanged as data weakens on China

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Japan's government kept its assessment of the economy unchanged in February, but a series of weak data on corporate sentiment, capital expenditure and exports shows the U.S.-China trade war is hurting the outlook for the world's third-largest economy. The Cabinet Office, which helps coordinate government policy, said the economy is… Read

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Trump likely to visit Japan in May, return for G20 in June

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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan in May to meet with the country's new emperor and then return in June for a G20 gathering, a White House official said on Wednesday after a phone call between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump's first visit will… Read

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Abe urged to ensure Trump-Kim talks help resolve N Korean abductions

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Family members of Japanese victims of kidnappings by North Korea urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to convey their hope to resolve the decades-old issue to U.S. President Donald Trump, who will meet with the North's leader Kim Jong Un later this month. Abe told the family members he… Read

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Japan voices clear support for Venezuela opposition leader Guaido

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Japan expressed support Tuesday for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, joining the United States and other nations that have already endorsed him as president amid a power struggle in the South American country. The decision was made as the Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, has failed to address… Read

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Trump visit to Japan eyed for May 26; may be 1st guest to meet new emperor

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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to be invited to Japan for around three days from May 26, possibly making him the first foreign state guest to meet Crown Prince Naruhito after his planned accession to the throne, Japanese government sources said Monday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is apparently… Read

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No need for Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. During a White House news conference on Friday, Trump said… Read

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Japan keen to do post-Brexit trade deal quickly: UK trade minister

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British trade minister Liam Fox said on Monday that Japan was keen to agree a post-Brexit trade deal and believed it could be done "quite quickly". The Financial Times earlier reported Japan had reacted with dismay to a letter from Fox and Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt encouraging it to agree… Read

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Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept quiet Monday over President Donald Trump's claim that he had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, but praised him and emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump's assertion Friday that Abe had nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy… Read

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S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief'

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The South Korean National Assembly speaker has added fuel to a simmering controversy over his call for the Japanese emperor to apologize to Korean women forced into Japan's wartime brothels, comparing Japan to a "brazen thief" for demanding he retract his comments. In interviews with several South Korean media organizations… Read

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