Abe, Trump agree to meet on Feb. 10 9:06 pm, January 29, 2017

  • Abe, Trump agree to meet on Feb. 10

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday agreed to hold a meeting in Washington on Feb. 10. In their telephone talks, which lasted more than 40 mi…

  • Japan, U.S. set to confirm treaty covers Senkaku isles

    U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to confirm with Defense Minister Tomomi Inada the view that the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are within the scope of Article 5 of the Japan-U.S…

  • Chiyoda Ward mayoral election campaigns start in Tokyo

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Chiyoda Ward mayoral election campaigns started in Tokyo on Sunday, opening what is widely viewed as a proxy battle between Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the Liberal Democrat…

  • U.S. to refuse refugee for 4 months

    President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred visitors from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves…

  • Lower house passes 3rd extra budget

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The House of Representatives on Friday passed the government’s third supplementary budget for fiscal 2016 through March with spending of ¥622.5 billion. The lower house app…

  • Curriculum guidelines to specify Japan’s ‘inherent territory’

    The education ministry is planning to clearly state for the first time that the Takeshima islands in Shimane Prefecture and the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are an “inherent part of the te…

  • Trump, May reaffirm special U.S.-Britain relationship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared chummy as they faced a curious world together for the first time Friday, pledging allegiance to the special r…

  • Average monthly overtime likely to be capped at 60 hrs / 100 hrs to be monthly limit for busy periods

    The government has begun making arrangements to set the upper limit for overtime working hours at 720 hours per year, or 60 hours on average per month, as part of measures to correct the problem of lo…

  • Japan prepares for trade talks

    TOKYO (Reuters) — Japan is preparing for all possible contingencies regarding trade talks with the United States, chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Friday, after U.S. President Dona…

  • Mattis visit to strengthen ties

    WASHINGTON — An upcoming visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to Japan and South Korea is aimed at strengthening ties with the two countries and not placing a list of demands on them, Penta…

  • Cautious voices remain over acquiring the ability to strike enemy bases

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday indicated his intention to consider acquiring the ability to strike enemy bases before a missile attack is initiated against Japan, but apprehension about taking …

  • Trump to seek TPP replacement with Abe

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Donald Trump will seek quick progress toward a bilateral trade agreement with Japan in place of a broader Asia-Pacific deal he abandoned this week, when Prime Minist…

  • Trump issues dominate debate in Diet

    The ruling and opposition parties launched their full-scale debate on Thursday at the House of Representatives Budget Committee, and a series of questions were posed by both blocs about how to deal w…

  • Succession to be studied apart from abdication

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his government will consider the issue of Imperial succession separately from ongoing discussions on the Emperor’s wish to abdicate. “S…

  • Govt to cut public pension payouts by 0.1% for FY17

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday it will cut the amount of public pension payouts for fiscal 2017 by 0.1 percent from the previous year. The first reduction …

  • Govt wary of call to boost base funds

    The government is waiting for the upcoming visit by new U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension. Mattis is expected to hold talks with Defense Minister Tom…

  • Russia negotiations diplomats reshuffled

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government has reshuffled Foreign Ministry personnel in charge of negotiations with Russia on resolving a decades-old territorial issue and concluding a World War II peace …

  • Enemy-strike ability to be mulled

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday made clear his intention to consider acquiring the ability to strike enemy bases before a missile attack is initiated against Japan and in anticipation of other …

  • U.S. defense head to visit Japan, S. Korea on Feb. 1-4

    WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — The U.S. Defense Department said Wednesday that Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Japan and South Korea on Feb. 1-4. Mattis will meet with Defense Minister Tom…

  • Abe, Trump meeting being arranged for Feb. 10

  • TPP headquarters faces govt reordering after U.S. pullout

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government is considering reorganizing its headquarters for the Trans-Pacific Partnership into a new body to lead trade negotiations with other economies, in the wake of U….

  • Tokyo assembly poll set for July 2

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo metropolitan assembly election will be held on July 2, the metropolitan government’s election board said Wednesday. The focus of the election will be whether supp…

  • S. Korean gov. visits Takeshima

    SEOUL (Jiji Press) — The governor of South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province visited Seoul-controlled Takeshima islands in Shimane Prefecture on Wednesday morning, according to the province’s a…

  • ROK prof. acquitted over defamation of comfort women

    SEOUL (Jiji Press) — A Seoul district court acquitted on Wednesday a South Korean author on charges of defaming former comfort women during World War II in an academic book. Seoul Eastern Distric…

  • Defense Ministry’s 1st satellite launched

    TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima (Jiji Press) — An H-2A rocket carrying an X-band communications satellite for use by the Self-Defense Forces was successfully launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Ka…

  • Free higher education emerges in constitutional revision debate

    Making it free to attend school up through university and graduate school has emerged as one of the items subject to constitutional revision in the debate among ruling and opposition parties in the cu…

  • U.S. exit from TPP forces Japan to shift track

    With the signing on Monday of an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, which stipulates fair trade rules, U.S. President Donald Trump clear…

  • Abe asks Diet leaders to consider abdication issue

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked the leaders of the Diet on Tuesday to consider how to accommodate the Emperor’s wish to abdicate after gathering opinions from the ruling and …

  • Japan in Depth / Abdication panel shows consideration for Diet

    In its points of discussion released Monday, a government advisory panel of experts tasked with discussing measures to reduce the Emperor’s official duties and other related matters indicated its i…

  • Abe vows to strengthen Japan-U.S. relationship

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination on Monday to strengthen relations between Japan and the United States further after Donald Trump took office as U.S. presi…

  • S. Korea says time needed to solve issue of girl’s statue

    SEOUL (Jiji Press) — South Korea’s Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn said Monday that time is needed to resolve the problem of a girl’s statue symbolizing so-called comfort women in front of the J…

  • Pro-SDF deployment incumbent reelected as Miyakojima mayor

    MIYAKOJIMA, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — Incumbent Miyakojima Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji was reelected on Sunday, giving a tailwind to a government plan to deploy Ground Self-Defense Force troops on the Oki…

  • Abdication expected for only current Emperor

    A government advisory panel released Monday its points of discussion on the Emperor’s abdication, which indicated that it would be desirable to enable only the current Emperor to abdicate. Starti…

  • Early Feb. eyed for Trump meeting / Britain, Mexico take precedence

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s meetings with world leaders are set to begin with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, while a meeting with Prime Minister Shinz…

  • U.S. asks Aso to join Abe-Trump meeting

    Finance Minister Taro Aso, who is also deputy prime minister, is set to accompany Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States for a meeting with new U.S. President Donald Trump, possibly in early …

  • Japan protests U.S. chopper’s landing

    URUMA, Okinawa (Jiji Press) — The Japanese Defense Ministry lodged a protest Saturday against a U.S. military helicopter’s emergency landing on a farm road on Ikeijima, an island in the city of U…

  • Marriageable age to be 18 for both sexes

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government will set the legal age for marriage at 18 for both men and women, sources said Saturday. Currently, the minimum allowable marriage age in Japan is 18 for men a…

  • Parties concerned over ‘America first’

    Senior members of ruling and opposition parties expressed concern about U.S. President Donald Trump’s reiteration of “America first” in his inaugural address on Friday. The ruling parties plan…

  • Kishida seeks confirmation

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday Japan needs to have the new U.S. administration’s word on the defense of the Senkaku Islands under the Japan-U.S. security treaty. …

  • Abe to meet Trump as early as next month

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely visit the United States as early as next month to hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, in a move to accelerate efforts to build a relationsh…

  • Parties agree to plan for compiling views on abdication

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Leaders and deputy leaders of both chambers of the Diet unveiled Thursday a plan to compile in early or mid-March political parties’ views on a legal framework on the Emperor…

  • Kishida vows to build close ties to Trump admin

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) —Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed the government’s eagerness on Friday to build close relations with the new U.S. administration led by Donald Trump. “With protectio…

  • Return of envoys postponed over ROK inaction on statue / Abe, Kishida say timing hinges on removal efforts

    The government will carefully observe the South Korean government’s handling of the issue involving a girl statue symbolizing comfort women that has been installed in the South Korean city of Busan …

  • Education ministry systematically helped bureaucrats land jobs

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government’s Reemployment Surveillance Commission on Friday released a report determining that the education ministry has systematically helped retiring senior officials …

  • Abe: U.S. alliance unchanging policy

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday stressed the Japan-U.S. alliance as the foundation of Japan’s diplomacy and security policies, calling it an “unchanging principle.” In his policy speech de…

  • Free, low-cost equipment transfers eyed

    The government plans to submit a bill to the ordinary Diet session to be convened Friday that would allow secondhand defense equipment belonging to the Self-Defense Forces to be provided to other coun…

  • Talks held on N. territories flights

    MOSCOW (Jiji Press) — State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov have held talks in Moscow on ways to simplify procedures for visits to four Ru…

  • Caroline Kennedy departs from Japan

    NARITA (Jiji Press) — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy left Japan on Wednesday, after staying in the country for three years and two months. Kennedy arrived at Narita Airport in the eveni…

  • Govt protests ROK island statue plan

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government has protested attempts by South Korean local assembly members to put a statue of a girl symbolizing so-called wartime comfort women on the disputed islands of Ta…

  • Diet leaders plan to compile views on abdication issue by mid-March

    The leaders of the Diet intend to compile parliamentary groups’ views on legislation related to the Emperor’s abdication and report those views to the government by mid-March, it has been learned…

  • Abdication debate a delicate issue

    Leaders of both chambers of the Diet aim to transcend the confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties to build consensus over legislation for the Emperor’s abdication, but achieving this…

  • Outgoing U.S. ambassador thanks people of Okinawa

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy expressed her gratitude on Monday to the people of Okinawa Prefecture in a farewell video message. “I’m grateful to the …

  • Abe offers patrol ships to Vietnam

    HANOI (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday offered to provide Vietnam with six newly built patrol ships in a bid to help the Southeast Asian country boost its maritime security capabi…

  • Lower house speaker: Build a consensus on abdication issue in Diet

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Diet should settle the issue of the Emperor’s abdication by the end of the ordinary session set to start on Friday, House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima said …

  • Pact narrows definition of SOFA coverage

    TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan and the United States signed a supplementary treaty on Monday to clarify the scope of the civilian component at U.S. military bases in Japan protected under the bilateral…

  • Abe, Vietnam PM hold talks to boost maritime security

    HANOI (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to inform Vietnam on Monday of a plan to provide new patrol ships to the Southeast Asian country in a bid to help it boost its maritime securit…

  • Govt eyes air travel to aid visits to northern territories / Partly aimed at promoting economic ties

    In addition to the chartered boats that are currently used, the government is considering using airplanes for visits to the northern territories by former residents and others without passports or vis…

  • Abe set to propose railway aid to Joko

  • Japan, Australia to strengthen ties

  • U.S. hoped to make Ogasawaras military reserve

  • Ban suggests returning funds

  • ROK minister stresses efforts on girl statue

  • Japan, Australia sign ammunition agreement

  • Duterte weighs China ties against Japan, U.S.

  • Japan to strengthen U.S. ties

  • Abe, Duterte hold talks on South China Sea

  • IIPS calls for upping defense spending to 1.2% of GDP

  • Inada inspects THAAD in Guam

  • Japan shelved Senkakus in 1980 China talks

  • Nakasone told Reagan of containment plans / Expressed readiness to box in Soviet submarines

  • Abe: R.P. to get ¥1 tril. for economic cooperation

  • Moscow suggests Abe visit Russia as early as April

  • Abe leaves on Asia-Pacific tour

  • Abe pledges measures for Itoigawa, hit by major fire

  • Imperial succession eyed for 2019

  • OUTLOOK 2017 / ‘Super kantei’ must produce real results

  • Koike tells Abe of resolve for reform

  • Abe debriefs ambassador to South Korea

  • Japanese envoys to ROK temporarily pulled

  • Govt to submit bill on gambling addiction

  • No compromise seen on Olympic costs

  • Koike, DP seek to cooperate in election / Aim to coordinate candidates in all Tokyo assembly districts

  • Koike school holds exams for Tokyo assembly poll

  • 3 Chinese ships sail near Senkakus

  • Guterres agrees on UNSC reform need

  • France vows help on Kurosaki case

  • Abe says he won’t think about election before passing budget

  • U.S. intel report blames Putin for hacks

  • Trump will ‘take aggressive action’

  • Japan fears annulment of comfort women deal

  • Defense spending at a crossroads

  • Govt to devise China defense strategy

  • Envoy to S. Korea to be temporarily pulled

  • Amano secures 3rd term as IAEA chief

  • Diet to commence hearings on abdication

  • Trump eyes Hagerty for envoy to Japan

  • Abe to make visit to Indonesia in Jan.

  • Limb bones of war dead to be tested

  • Aides agree on early Abe-Trump meeting

  • Futenma runway to be repaired

  • Ceremony held for renamed Japan-Taiwan exchange body

  • Abe to open ordinary Diet session on Jan. 20

  • Abe puts priority on economy in New Year’s message for ’17

  • ‘Switch OTC drug’ tax deduction starts in Jan.

  • China sought seafloor names near Japan

  • Putin eager to work with Abe to build partnership

  • Itoigawa fire victims to receive aid

  • Henoko work likely to start in February

  • Japan lodges protest over girl statue

  • 931 people prepping to run in next lower house election

  • Girl statue set up again Busan

  • U.S. fills gap in SDF to watch N. Korea

  • Yomiuri survey: 85% support Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor

  • My Japanology / Hooked for 40 years since a visit to Ryoanji temple

  • Valentine for ambassador?

  • India-Japan strategic partnership: Renewed focus on peace and security in Asia

    By Madhuchanda Ghosh India and Japan are redefining their relations in the backdrop of the changing security architecture in Asia. The post Cold War structural changes in Asia’s security environm…

  • Govt eager to learn Mattis’ Japan views

  • Japan in Depth / Trump statement casts pall over TPP prospects

  • Abe deems Trump ‘can be trusted’ / Informal N.Y. meeting held with future U.S. leader

  • Abe takes rare step meeting Trump

  • Abe ‘convinced’ by Trump after New York meeting

  • Abe departs for talks with Trump

  • Start with politics to break the glass ceiling

  • Lower house approves TPP

  • Abe, Trump to meet Nov. 17 in New York

  • Abe sends congratulations


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