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Japan, U.S., S Korea to exert greater pressure on N Korea

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Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Tuesday to pile greater pressure on North Korea, urging it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs amid heightened regional tensions. They also agreed to closely coordinate moves in the event of further provocations by the reclusive state and… Read

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Trump's currency, trade pressure tolerance test for Japan

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U.S. President Donald Trump's recent warning against a strong dollar and his push for a bilateral trade deal could become a tolerance test as Japan seeks to strengthen the countries' alliance. Japan did not face fresh pressure on the occasion of meetings by financial chiefs from major economies over the… Read

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U.S. carrier group heads for Korean waters; Trump talks with Abe, Xi

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump, as a nervous South Korea and Japan sought to join drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters. Reclusive North Korea said at the weekend… Read

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Abe vows to resolve N Korea abduction issue

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reiterated his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals, with concerns lingering over the safety of the abductees amid tension on the Korean Peninsula. "My mission will not end until the day comes when the abductees and their… Read

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Trump speaks with Abe, Xi

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he and U.S. President Donald Trump had agreed to maintain close contact over North Korea, while demanding Pyongyang show restraint as tensions in the region rise. Abe told reporters after a telephone call with Trump that he appreciated the U.S. leader's stance… Read

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Cabinet approval rate rises to 58.7%

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The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has risen 6.3 percentage points to 58.7% despite recent verbal gaffes by ministers and an infidelity scandal involving a parliamentary vice trade minister, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday. Some 73.2% of the respondents said they acknowledged the gaffes and the… Read

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Japan, U.S., S Korea foreign ministers to discuss N Korea

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Japan, the United States and South Korea will bring together their foreign ministers by the end of the month to facilitate the smooth coordination of efforts to pressure North Korea over its weapons testing activities, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson… Read

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Finance leaders play down differences with Trump over trade

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Global finance leaders are playing down differences over free trade with President Donald Trump, saying there is wide agreement that globalization delivers stronger economic growth. But officials at the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund warned that too many people have been left behind at a… Read

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Aso pushes back on U.S. call for scrutiny of currency moves

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Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday trade imbalances cannot be fixed through exchange-rate adjustments alone, pushing back against Washington's calls to have more rigorous IMF scrutiny of currency moves. Earlier, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called on the International Monetary Fund to enhance surveillance of its members' exchange… Read

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U.S. naval armada to be in Sea of Japan in days

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The U.S. supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on Saturday amid high tensions with North Korea. The Trump administration has been trying to clear the waters after sending out confusing messages concerning the whereabouts of the Vinson… Read