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Japan calls for early solution to U.S.-China trade war

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Japanese policymakers on Tuesday called for an early solution to the escalating U.S.-China trade war and warned of the potential damage to global growth in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to slap new tariffs on China. Asian shares fell on Tuesday after Trump said he will impose tariffs… Read

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Abe gets middling marks on his economic performance from analysts: poll

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Economists are giving Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe middling marks on his economic accomplishments, a Reuters poll showed, crediting him with boosting female worker participation but giving him a poor score for production revolution. Asked to grade Abe on a scale from zero to 100, 29 analysts gave him an… Read

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Abe says isle dispute with Russia must be settled before peace treaty can be signed

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday repeated Japan's stance that a row over islands seized by Russian troops in the final days of World War Two must be settled before a peace treaty can be signed to formally end hostilities between their countries. Putin appeared to catch Abe off guard… Read

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Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked

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Japan's determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Friday in a tense vote that left the 72-year old organization at a crossroads. Japan's vice-minister for fisheries Masaaki Taniai said he "regretted" the vote's outcome, and threatened Tokyo's withdrawal from the 89-member… Read

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Kono says Japan will accept more foreign workers

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Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday. Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains "value added" by accepting foreigners, especially since its aging population and… Read

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Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

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Japan and Vietnam on Thursday urged the United States to rejoin a sprawling Pacific trade deal, almost two years after President Donald Trump's withdrawal dealt a major blow to what would have been the world's largest free trade pact. Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal in one… Read

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Putin tells Abe he hopes for peace treaty this year

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Russian President Vladimir Putin turned to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a conference stage on Wednesday and offered to sign a peace treaty by the end of this year to formally end World War Two hostilities between their countries. But soon after Putin made the dramatic offer, a Japanese… Read

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French president hosts Japanese crown prince

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, made a toast to continued friendship between their nations Wednesday in the sumptuous surroundings of the Chateau of Versailles. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, hosted an official dinner for Naruhito, who began a nine-day goodwill visit to France over… Read

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Japanese opposition leader says Abe too close to Trump

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Japan's main opposition leader said Wednesday that the nation's prime minister is papering over differences on trade and other issues with President Donald Trump, and that could ultimately hurt the U.S.-Japan alliance. Yukio Edano, who heads the Constitutional Democratic Party, said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is "trying to conform to… Read

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Abe expresses support for better Trump-Kim ties

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday voiced support for the rapprochement between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, a Japanese diplomat said, as Washington considers the possibility of a new summit with North Korea's leader. In a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon on the… Read

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