Japan PM visits Cambodia, Laos to top off ASEAN tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he leaves from Tokyo International Airport for Turkey on a government plane on October 28, 2013

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left on a two-day tour of Cambodia and Laos Saturday, completing a round of visits to Southeast Asian countries within a year since taking office. With the tour, Abe will have visited all 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations since assuming power last December, marking the 40th anniversary of ties between Japan and the regional grouping. Abe was scheduled to hold talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Saturday … [Read more...]

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Positive signs for Vietnam-Japan supporting industries


(VEN) - The "Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2013" will officially take place from September 4-6 in the Hanoi International Center of Exhibition (Hanoi Cultural Friendship Palace). This is a unique exhibition that consists of three relevant exhibitions in order to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan (1973-2013). Joint press conference and contract signing ceremony on May 9 The "Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2013" consists of three exhibitions, including the 5th … [Read more...]

Abe’s visit to the US: Opportunities and challenges

President Obama (R) shakes hands with PM Abe in Washington on Feb. 22nd (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 21 began a three-day visit to the US to strengthen ties with its strategic ally. The visit is likely to influence the complicated situation in Northeast Asia. During his visit to the US, Abe will discuss Tokyo's possibility of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the future of Japan-US security and economic cooperation, and the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. He is scheduled to meet with President B. Obama and Japanese … [Read more...]

Sex scandals, IPOs, succession shaped Asia’s 2012


Few people are happier to see 2012 end than Hu Jintao, Yoshihiko Noda or Lee Myung Bak. It was a rocky year for the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea, who leave office with legacies in tatters. Gripes about President Hu doing little about China's biggest challenges outnumbered the accolades. Noda's premiership ended as ingloriously as those of the other five leaders Japan has had in the past six years. Lee's time as president will be remembered for South Korea's widening rich-poor divide … [Read more...]

Can Japan make light of latest new dawn?


by Mai Phuong Three years after a crushing defeat, the landslide victory of the Liberal Democrat Party in the recent election has pushed Japan - the third-largest economy in the world - into a new era that will decide the future of both national development and regional security. Sunday's victory marked a return to power for the party's leader Shinzo Abe, along with a re-energized conservative administration and the departure of Yoshihiko Noda. … [Read more...]

DPJ opposes Lower House dissolution


Executives of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) remain opposed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's intention of dissolving the Lower House. Chairman of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee Yoshikatsu Nakayama called Noda to step down from office if he's still keen on a snap general election. Nakayama said if the Lower House is dissolved, the DPJ is likely to loose its administration as support for the Cabinet has continued to fall. He pointed out the ultimate solution as Noda's power … [Read more...]

India PM to get $15 bn investment on Japan visit


India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is set to sign deals for infrastructure projects worth US$15 billion on a visit to Japan this week, a report said Wednesday. Indian labourers do repair work outside a building in the Nariman Point area of Mumbai in August 2012. India, Asia's third largest economy, desperately needs infrastructure development to keep pace with an expanding economy, exploding population and urbanisation. Photo: AFP … [Read more...]

Japan’s shrinking GDP points to recession, PM under pressure


Japan's economy shrank an annualized 3.5 percent from the previous quarter, according to government data released Monday, signaling the world's third-largest economy is slipping back into recession. While in-line with median economists' forecasts, Japan's economy shrank the most since the earthquake and tsunami struck in March last year, battering exports and stifling consumer spending, and the government said that it is anticipating the nation will fall into its third recession since … [Read more...]

China and Japan try to ease tensions

JCG is trying to force the Taiwanese ships to change their route

​- On 25/9, Deputy Foreign Minister - Zhang Zhijunand and his Japanese counterpart Chikao Kawai had a meeting in Beijing aiming to find out a solution to ease tensions between the two parties which are related to the dispute over Diaoyu Islands, also known as Senkaku in Tokyo in the East China Sea. The meeting took place within the framework of the two-day visit to Beijing of Deputy Foreign Minister - Kawai in the context of no sign showing the tension in the dispute over Sekaku/Diaoyu … [Read more...]

Japan will not hold early parliamentary election


Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned parliamentarians against a "political vacuum" which could lead to a legislative standstill. Noda's speech at an extraordinary parliamentary session on Monday responded to an opposition request that he dissolve the lower house and hold an early election. Noda called for cooperation among opposition parties to allow the government to issue bonds - a vital measure to avoid budget depletion by the end of November. The Prime Minister did not mention … [Read more...]

Japan’s new PM enjoys 60 percent support in polls


Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan, riding high on opinion poll ratings above 60 percent, was to unveil key posts in his centre-left party Monday, the eve of the formal launch of his government. Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan to open deputy minister defense dialogue


Vietnam and Japan will open a deputy ministerial level defense dialogue as part of a strategic partnership agreement signed Monday, Vietnam News Agency reported. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda sign a strategic partnership agreement Monday in Tokyo. … [Read more...]

Japan plans 1.0 trillion yen stimulus: reports


Japan's prime minister will instruct his ministers to plan for an economic stimulus of up to 1.0 trillion yen ($12.7 billion) on Wednesday, reports said, as an election hovers into view. Yoshihiko Noda will call an extraordinary cabinet meeting where he will order the stimulus, the daily newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported. … [Read more...]

Japan PM to reshuffle cabinet ‘to cool China row’

TOKYO – (VNS) Japan's unpopular prime minister will use a cabinet reshuffle Monday to try to mend fences with China and to boost his flagging popularity ahead of an expected general election, reports said. Yoshihiko Noda is expected to elevate Makiko Tanaka, a woman with pro-Beijing credentials, into the cabinet, a symbolic move to signal Tokyo's hope of moving past a damaging row over disputed islands, newspapers reported. Although a wholescale clear-out is not expected – several key … [Read more...]

Incumbent PM Noda re-elected as Prime Minister

Japan's incumbent Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has been re-elected as Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister of Japan. Noda is expected to reshuffle his Cabinet early next month. Noda won a majority of votes during his intra-party election in Tokyo on Friday. Running for Prime Minister were also three other candidates, namely two former Agriculture Ministers, Hirotaka Akamatsu and Michihiro Kano, and also an ex- Internal Affairs Minister, Kazuhiro Haraguchi. Noda's popularity ratings have … [Read more...]

Opportunity to send Vietnamese nurses and orderlies to Japan


On September 13th, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Department of Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) held a seminar providing information about the programme to send nurses and orderlies to work in Japan for between three and four years, with salaries ranging from VND34-40 million per month. … [Read more...]

Noda not ready to declare Japan’s participation in TPP at APEC

Japan will not make any announcement on joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to be held in Vladivostok on Sept 8-9.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters that Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda would not address the issue in talks with other leaders, TV Asahi reported. He said that there are still several points of contention that have to be addressed. Noda first signaled his support for Japan to join the TPP framework in talks with U.S. President Barack Obama at last year's APEC summit, but got into trouble back home and had to quickly backtrack, saying his remarks had been misreported. Obama … [Read more...]

ASEAN, Japan Businesses Dialogue to Maximise Cooperation

To realise ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, business dialogues continue to serve as part of ongoing efforts to further cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN and Japanese businesses in ASEAN Member States to create a more conducive investment environment for businesses operating in the region. This is the main message during the 5th Business Dialogue between Dr Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, and the Federation of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in ASEAN … [Read more...]

Japan to publish Fukushima disaster probe report 


A parliamentary probe into the nuclear disaster at Fukushima will publish its final report Thursday, and is expected to say Japan's last prime minister fanned chaos in the opening days of the crisis. The Diet's Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission will publish the dossier in the afternoon after having publicly interviewed top officials from the government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO). In interim statements, the commission has voiced criticism of … [Read more...]

Mekong-Japan Cooperation


Recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Tokyo, Japan to attend the 4th Mekong-Japan Summit at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (left) receives Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Photo: Duc Tam-VNA Story: Long Nguyen - Photos: VNA … [Read more...]