Policy & Politics

The Asian Development Bank will work with Japan to promote cutting-edge environmental technologies in Asia.

Japan to push green tech in Asia via fund

TOKYO -- Japan is working with the Asian Development Bank to create a fund that will help get the nation's environmentally friendly technologies adopted in Asian infrastructure development. The Environment Ministry will contribute 1.8 billion yen...

  • Ground broken to build GSDF facility on Yonaguni Island near Senkakus

    YONAGUNI (Kyodo) -- The Defense Ministry broke ground Saturday on a facility for a coastal surveillance unit to be deployed on Yonaguni Island, the westernmost Japanese island not far from a group of islands whose ownership is contested by China. ...

  • Japan to fund cancer-screening ventures in Asia, South America

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will provide funding and other support for domestic companies looking to sell preventive health care equipment and services in emerging markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will select seven projec...

  • Japan aiming to grow nuclear plant exports with new pacts

    TOKYO -- Japan is discussing nuclear energy agreements with five more countries, making progress on a key component of the government's plan to boost exports of infrastructure, including nuclear power plants. It has already signed such deals with...

  • China readying subsidy for hybrid cars

    BEIJING -- The Chinese government is weighing financial aid for buyers of hybrid cars as a weapon against the country's chronic air pollution. Plug-in hybrids and electric cars already qualify for subsidies in China. The expansion of government s...

  • Japan mulls easing interest rules for nonbank lenders

    TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is thinking about loosening restrictions on moneylenders to make it easier for smaller businesses shunned by banks to procure funds. The relevant law was revised in 2006 to lower the interest rate ...

  • Japan to continue whaling in Pacific this year

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan has decided to continue whaling in the Pacific Ocean, despite a U.N. court ordering Tokyo last month to halt its program in the Antarctic, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. But the government plans to reduce the...

  • Turnout high as Indians vote for change

    NEW DELHI-- Voters in 12 Indian states went to the polls Thursday on the biggest day of the country's general election, with 121 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Indians fed up with lackluster economic growth and rampant corruption are looking f...

  • Indian parties out in force on social media stump

    With 200 million of India's 800-million-strong electorate online, political parties are turning eagerly to the Internet to get out the vote in an election of epic proportions. Parties have high hopes for social media's ability to help them connec...

  • Japan seeking foreign consultants to lure overseas businesses

    TOKYO -- The Japan External Trade Organization said Thursday that it will recruit several dozen specialists from businesses and consultancies throughout the world to bring foreign investment to Japan. Jetro plans to employ 60 industry specialists...

  • 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...

  • BOJ Gov Kuroda: Will Adjust Policy if Needed, Looking at Upside, Downside Risks

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday emphasized his willingness to take additional easing steps if needed in his opening address to a meeting of the central bank's branch managers. "We will make necessary policy adj...

  • Japanese-made missile part set for takeoff to US

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is expected to approve the sale of a domestically made missile component to the U.S., which would mark the first export of military equipment under new, looser rules. The part in question is a sensor that goes into Pat...

  • China's media control spreads to Taiwan, Hong Kong

    TOKYO -- Recent incidents in Taiwan and Hong Kong suggest that China's sway over the media is not limited to the mainland. Student protesters left Taiwan's parliament on April 10 after occupying the legislature for some three weeks to protes...

  • When lunch carries a deeper meaning

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thought a 50-minute lunch meeting with Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda would stoke enough excitement to jolt the stock market out of its torpor. The carefully choreographed meeting took place at the prime min...

  • US sounds alarm on possible North Korean nuclear test

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is holding a flurry of talks with Asian allies over a possible nuclear test by North Korea amid growing concern ahead of President Barack Obama's tour of the region later this month. North Korea launched ballistic missiles...

  • Indonesia poll upset triggers fresh jockeying

    SOLO, Indonesia -- To the surprise of many observers, Indonesia's main opposition party won only half the votes it had expected in the country's April 9 legislative elections. A setback for "Indonesia's Obama," front-runner Joko Widodo, the result is...

  • North Korean missile launches highlight Japan's weaknesses

    TOKYO -- North Korea's recent provocation is a wake-up call for Japan to review its U.S.-dependent defense strategy and better safeguard its populace. On March 26, North Korea test-fired two Rodong medium- range ballistic missiles into the Sea of...

  • Japanese defense contractors' new challenge: battling for business

    TOKYO -- Everyone seems to want a piece of Japan's defense industry these days. Now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has adopted a less-restrictive set of principles on arms exports -- effectively ending a decades-old, self-imposed ban on such sales --...

  • Former Chinese leader honors 1980s reform advocate

    BEIJING -- Chinese ex-President Hu Jintao paid his respects Friday to a Communist Party chief who embraced reforms in the 1980s only to be accused of being soft on a pro-democracy movement. Hu Yaobang remains a delicate subject in Chinese politic...