International Relations

Biden welcomes Japan's sanctions on Russia in phone talks with Abe

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Kyodo) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Japan's latest sanctions on Russia in phone talks Thursday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the White House. "They agreed on the importance of continued G-7 coordinati...

  • WTO agreement on facilitating trade blocked by India

    GENEVA (Kyodo) -- The World Trade Organization failed to implement a deal on streamlining customs procedures and other reforms by a midnight Thursday deadline, after India blocked the accord due to its discontent on the issue of food security. If...

  • OECD to cast wide net for tax evaders with information sharing

    TOKYO -- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is working on new rules aimed at curbing international tax evasion among the wealthy by promoting the sharing of bank account information across borders. Financial institutions wo...

  • Japan, Chile to deepen mining ties: leaders

    SANTIAGO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chile's President Michelle Bachelet agreed here Thursday to seek stronger cooperation on developing the Andean nation's abundant mineral resources. Japan imports 48% of its copper and 87% of its ...

  • US tries to reset relations with India

    NEW DELHI -- The U.S. is making a serious effort to mend fences with India after an embarrassing diplomatic row and revelations of American spying on the now-ruling party. Secretary of State John Kerry joined Indian External Affairs Minister Sush...

  • Australia shows signs of warming up to Chinese investment

    In many ways, Australia and China are closely connected. When it comes to direct investment in Australia, however, China lags behind a number of other major countries. This is largely attributable to Canberra's screening process and cautiousness abou...

  • Vietnam helping foreign factory owners recover from May riots

    HANOI -- Since anti-China protests broke out in mid-May, Vietnam has tightened security at industrial parks to safeguard Chinese-run factories. In Vietnam's southern Binh Duong Province, about 100 factories at the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Par...

  • Japan to aid Mozambique in natural gas development

    TOKYO -- Japan and Mozambique are expected to agree Thursday on a comprehensive package of assistance aimed at helping the sub-Saharan African nation develop its natural gas fields, some of the world's largest. Japan's trade ministry will offer s...

  • Amid territorial row, Japan's sanctions on Russia lacking bite

    TOKYO -- While Europe and the U.S. dial up sanctions to punish Russia for its support of pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine, Japan is stepping more gingerly as it hopes to advance negotiations over disputed islands. Tokyo is eager to show that i...

  • Stepped-up sanctions seen hurting Russian economy

    MOSCOW -- Escalated sanctions introduced by the U.S. and the European Union are expected to debilitate Russia's key industries, including finance, oil and arms, possibly causing the country's economy to shrink next year. In light of the downing o...

  • U.S. announces additional sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States announced Tuesday that it will impose additional sanctions on Russian energy, arms and financial sectors to increase pressure on Moscow to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. "Today, and bui...

  • Europe sees rule of law as key in South China Sea disputes

    MANILA -- The European Union (EU) on Tuesday prodded countries with competing territorial claims in the South China Sea to resolve their disputes peacefully through the rule of law. In a joint briefing with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Al...

  • Japan, Colombia to agree on acceleration of free trade talks

    BOGOTA (Kyodo) -- Japan and Colombia are expected to agree to accelerate talks to conclude a bilateral free trade agreement when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Juan Manuel Santos meet Tuesday in Bogota. The two nations opened free trade ...

  • Middle East chaos - history of Intermixing ethnic groups, religions, states

    TOKYO -- It has been 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. Three powers -- Germany, the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires eventually were defeated -- and in the wake of the conflict, numerous nation-states were born. Syria, which is now gri...

  • Japan, France strengthen cooperation on defense equipment, exercises

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The defense ministers of Japan and France agreed Tuesday to bolster cooperation on defense equipment and increase joint exercises amid an ongoing push by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the country's expanded security role abr...

  • U.S. welcomes Japan's additional sanctions on Russia

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The United States on Tuesday thanked Japan for unveiling additional sanctions on Russia in the wake of the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area controlled by pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine, according to the Foreign Ministry....

  • Taiwan tentatively rejects China activist's entry request

    TAIPEI -- Taiwanese immigration officials on Tuesday turned down a request by Tiananmen protest leader Wang Dan, now an academic at a Taiwanese university who is on summer leave in Los Angeles, to return to the island to seek medical treatment on the...

  • Japan moves to counter China, Russia influence in Caribbean

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago -- Japan's prime minister met here Monday with leaders and top officials representing 14 Caribbean nations, in a bid to shore up ties in a region where Russia and China have recently made robust overtures of their o...

  • Japan, US must finish TPP talks by September: Mexico minister

    MEXICO CITY -- Japan and the U.S. must finish bilateral tariff negotiations by September if broad agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is to be reached at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in November, Mexico's Economy Minister Ildef...

  • Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan's offici...