International Relations

Obama to back Abe's security push during summit

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will try to reinforce the Japan-U.S. alliance centering on China issues during the April 24 summit with President Barack Obama. Abe will also show a cooperative attitude toward the U.S. in the Ukrainian...

  • Japan-US deadlock leaves TPP in quagmire

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S., two key players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, have made little progress in talks on the agreement, leaving other participating countries waiting in vain. Chief negotiators from all 12 participating nati...

  • Japan, U.S. to meet again on remaining TPP gaps on Mon. in Tokyo

    WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and the United States will hold a fresh round of talks Monday in Tokyo to try to bridge their differences over a Pacific free trade pact following the latest ministerial talks in Washington, a Japanese official said ...

  • Abe, Obama to say will not tolerate bid to alter status quo by force

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama plan to declare in a summit Thursday the two allies will not tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force or coercion, a move aimed at keeping China and Russia in che...

  • Stricken S. Korean ship capsized, sank after sharp turn: official

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Authorities probing the sinking of a passenger ship that has left 302 people dead or missing have concluded the vessel capsized after a sharp turn, officials said Saturday. A senior prosecutor involved in the probe also said a 25...

  • First bodies found within sunken South Korea ferry

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Three bodies were found Saturday morning within the cabins of the South Korean ferry that sank earlier this week off the island of Jindo in southwestern South Korea, local marine police said. A diver spotted the bodies on the fou...

  • Australia's Abbott charms way to Japan trade deal

    SYDNEY -- Through a combination of Aussie charm and Japanese concessions, Autralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, managed to strike a deal on an economic partnership agreement during Abbott's official visit to T...

  • Japan, U.S. still 'in stalemate' on key TPP issues: Amari

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Japan and the United States are still "in stalemate" over key items in protracted negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during a fresh round of ministerial talks, Japanese TPP minister Akira Amari said T...

  • Japan Diet OKs civil nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Diet on Friday approved civil nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that will help Japan export atomic power reactors to the rapidly developing economies, in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth stra...

  • Japan cabinet members to visit South Korea later this month

    TOKYO -- Two members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet are planning to visit South Korea later this month. The visit is the first by Japanese ministers following that of Hakubun Shimomura, minister of education, last September and the first sinc...

  • Sino-American honeymoon holds lessons for Japan

    BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang used his address at the Boao Forum for Asia last week to tout plans to connect the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, a move that would effectively open up Chinese shares to foreign investment. One audience ...

  • In rare move, China, Japan, South Korea gang up on smog

    BEIJING -- Working-level environmental officers from Japan, China and South Korea met here recently to discuss cross-border air pollution, kicking off the first such talks among the three neighbors, which have long been mired in historical and territ...

  • Malaysia stands firm on TPP ahead of Obama visit

    KUALA LUMPUR -- U.S. President Barack Obama hopes to make headway on Trans-Pacific Partnership talks during his trip to Malaysia on April 26, but the country aims to use its deepening ties with China for extra leverage. Obama will be the first U....

  • U.S. offers to cut tariffs on 99.5% of goods under TPP

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on 99.5 percent of goods imported from Japan, as it presses Tokyo to scrap tariffs even on agricultural products to clinch a 12-nation Pacific free trade deal, a Japanese govern...

  • Rescue work resumes to search for missing in sunken ferry

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Rescue work resumed Thursday to search for more than 280 passengers still missing after a multi-deck ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday. Of the 475 passengers, most of whom were high school students, nine have ...

  • Crunch time for TPP as Japan, US hold crucial tariff talks

    WASHINGTON -- Japanese and U.S. officials are making a last-ditch effort in Washington this week to achieve meaningful progress in tariff negotiations. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama are scheduled to hold a sum...

  • Hundreds still missing after ferry sinks off South Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Six people were confirmed dead and 280 others listed as missing Wednesday night after a multi-story passenger ferry sank in waters off South Korea's southwest coast in the morning, according to South Korean antidisaster authorities. ...

  • Rescue workers search for 293 missing after South Korean ship sinks

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Rescue workers continue to search Wednesday for 293 missing passengers after a ship carrying about 460 people sank in waters off South Korea's southwest coast earlier in the day, leaving at least two dead, according to South Korean a...

  • Obama visits a troubled East Asia

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's state visit to Japan on April 23-25 comes at a fraught moment for the U.S.-Japan relationship. The cautious U.S. response first to China's declaration of an air defense identification zone in November and th...

  • Saudi's succession battle adds to Mideast turmoil

    DALIAN, China -- Saudi Arabia's "Ironman" has been busy lately. When the top echelon of the Saudi royal family travel, they are accompanied by a secretary, a doctor, a squad of bodyguards and a man who irons their keffiyeh. He is called the Ironman, ...