Abe listening to Krugman after Tokyo limo ride on Abenomics fate

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Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman plays down his role, saying the Nov. 6 meeting with Abe "was very straightforward." … [Read more...]

Memories of Okinawa battle hang over Abe bid to boost U.S. ties

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An U.S. aircraft MV-22 Osprey lands the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan, on Oct. 1, 2012. … [Read more...]

Japan’s Abe to postpone tax hike, call December election

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in the country for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, gestures as he talks to the media at a news conference in Beijing November 11, 2014. Photo: AFP … [Read more...]

Japan PM visits Cambodia, Laos to top off ASEAN tour

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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 and Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong in Vientiane on Sunday. "I wish to strengthen political and security dialogue while promoting investment and expanding cooperation in the health and medical field on the economic front, aside from official development assistance," Abe told reporters before his departure from Tokyo's Haneda airport. "I wish to strengthen relations in wide-ranging areas" with Cambodia and Laos, he added. While in Phnom Penh and Vientiane, Abe is expected to express … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Japan: Deepening Strategic Partnership and Friendship

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Mr Yasuaki Tanizaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam, Head of Organising Committee of "Japan-Vietnam Friendship Year", emphasized that 2013 is a most important year for Japan and Vietnam as the two countries have organized a series of activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations (September 21, 1973 - September 21, 2013) and made joint efforts to elevate the strategic partnership and friendship to new heights. Nam Pham reports. Excellency, how do you evaluate the development of Japan-Vietnam cooperation in the past 40 years? All of us are happy to witness the vigorous development of Japan-Vietnam relations in the past years, especially the high growth of the Vietnamese economy. In the past 40 years, Japan and Vietnam have overcome difficulties and challenges to develop stable and far-reaching bilateral relations in the interests of the two countries, namely peace, prosperity and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Two decades … [Read more...]

Positive signs for Vietnam-Japan supporting industries

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(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 Vietnam-Japan Exhibition on Supporting Industries in Hanoi (SIE 2013), the Japanese Monozukuri Technology Exhibition (JME) and the Industrial Components & Subcontracting (ICS) Vietnam 2013. All exhibitions have contents and themes in the drive towards the growth and potential for Vietnamese supporting industries. Hanoi Representative Office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will coordinate with the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) to organize SIE 2013. The exhibition … [Read more...]

The Only One Exclusive Technology Exhibitions to Mark 40 Years of Vietnam – Japan Diplomatic Ties

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A large-scale event will be set out to discover a new world of business opportunities from three specialised exhibitions which will get together to create a force for Supporting Industries (SI) and Cool Japan Technology during September 4 - 6, 2013 at International Centre for Exhibition (I.C.E) Hanoi. They include the 5th Vietnam-Japan Exhibition on Supporting Industries in Hanoi (SIE 2013), Japanese Monozukuri Technology Exhibition, and Vietnam Manufacturing Expo 2013. The combination of three Expos will create an all-under-one-roof meeting centre for the manufacturing community and is considered the only one exclusive technology exhibitions to mark the 40 years of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations in 2013. Buyers and sellers would meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, discover technologies, and develop their business networks. This widely opens doors for Vietnamese manufacturers to make network with Japanese industrialists for machinery import and industrial production, and to … [Read more...]

Japan supports Vietnam stance on East Sea

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Japan supports Vietnam's stance on the need to maintain peace, stability, and marine freedom and safety in the East Sea, Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda told Vietnamese Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a meeting in Tokyo Sunday. Vietnam Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets with Japanese PM Noda Yoshihiko in Tokyo Sunday Also at the meeting, he pledged his country would continue to support Vietnam by providing official development assistance (ODA), and study Vietnam's proposals for enhancing cooperation. Phuc, who has led a high-ranking delegation to Japan, hailed Japan for providing its highest-ever ODA to the country, and promised the loans would be used effectively. While bilateral cooperation and investment relations are developing well, with two-way trade reaching US$21 billion last year, the potential has yet to be fully exploited, he said. He called on Noda to take steps to strengthen economic cooperation and trade. Japan pledged more than 208 billion yen ($2.5 billion) to … [Read more...]

Abe’s visit to the US: Opportunities and challenges

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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 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet his US counterpart John Kerry. Abe will deliver a speech in WashingtonDC on Japan's economic policy to restore its growth and deal with prolonged deflation. Speaking prior to Abe's departure, Obama's press secretary said the US President expected that his discussions with Prime Minister Abe will go deep into bilateral, regional and global issues including the US-Japan security treaty, economic and trade issues. However, analysts said that Pyongyang's … [Read more...]

National Assembly with external imprints in 2012

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At the invitation of the President of Thailand's National Assembly Somsak Kiatsuranont and the President of Japan's House of Councillors Hirata Kenji, Politburo member, Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation paid official visits to Thailand and Japan on December 3-8, 2012. These visits were remarkable imprints in the Vietnamese National Assembly's external relations in 2012. Vietnam and Thailand are members of ASEAN and now move toward building an ASEAN Community in 2015. Vietnam is an active member with a great contribution to the development of ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and ASEAN. For this reason, the visit to Thailand by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung aimed to create greater confidence and serve as a basis to enhance exchange, coordination and consensus between the two countries' parliaments in particular and AIPA in general towards the common goal of building an ASEAN Community. The … [Read more...]

Sex scandals, IPOs, succession shaped Asia’s 2012

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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 and North Korea's march toward nuclear-missile capability. Tensions over tiny islands meant East Asia's three biggest economies barely spoke to one another. Hu, Noda and Lee are but a few of the notable personalities that shaped a chaotic year in Asia. As 2012 draws to a close, some awards are in order for the people, countries and trends that mattered most, for better or worse. Man Behind the Curtain Award: To Thein Sein, the unsung hero of Myanmar's embrace of democracy, market economics and … [Read more...]

President sends birthday congrats to Japanese Emperor

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President Truong Tan Sang on December 23 cabled a message of congratulations to Japanese Emperor Akihito on his 79th birth anniversary, which coincides with the National Day of Japan. On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent greetings to their Japanese counterparts, Noda Yoshihiko and Gemba Koichiro. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Can Japan make light of latest new dawn?

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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...]

Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) wins decisively

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In Japan's House of Representatives election this week, the LDP won 294 out of 480 seats to become the majority party in the House. The Komei Party, an ally of LDP gained 31 seats. The Democratic Party won only 57 seats, a dismal showing compared to the 308 seats they won three years ago. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, leader of the Democratic Party resigned as soon as the election result was released. Ifaruling coalition of the LDP and Komei parties is formed, it will hold two thirds of the seats in the House of Representatives enabling it to override Senate votes. The President of LDP, Shinzo Abe, will be elected Japan's new prime minister at a special session of Japan's Parliament on December 26. … [Read more...]

Japan vote ‘harsh verdict’ on ousted ruling party: media

TOKYO- The landslide election victory for Japan's conservative opposition marked a "harsh verdict" by disgruntled voters on the ousted Democratic Party of Japan, media said on Monday. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) win in Sunday's polls gave its leader and one-time premier Shinzo Abe a chance to push his hawkish security agenda and reflate the world's third-largest economy, but it was "a landslide victory without zeal," the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun said in an editorial. "Voters handed down a harsh verdict on the government of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)," the mass-circulation daily said. … [Read more...]

Japan’s next PM Abe must deliver on economy, cope with China

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Conservative ex-premier Shinzo Abe will get a second chance to lead Japan after his Liberal Democratic Party surged back to power in Sunday's election, but he must move swiftly to bolster a sagging economy and manage strained ties with China to avoid the fate of his short-lived predecessors. The victory by the LDP, which had ruled Japan for most of the past 50 years before it was ousted in 2009, will usher in a government pledged to a tough stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear energy policy despite the 2011 Fukushima disaster and a potentially risky recipe for hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending to boost growth. … [Read more...]

Incoming Japan PM pledges no compromise on islands

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Japan's premier-in-waiting Shinzo Abe came out fighting Monday after his sweeping election victory, saying there can be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the centre of a dispute with China. China reacted with alarm to Abe's victory, after his conservative Liberal Democratic Party crushed opponents in national polls and he immediately restated Tokyo's claims. … [Read more...]

Japan’s right wing in lead ahead of general election

Japan goes to the polls on Sunday to vote in a general election that the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is expected to win following a campaign marked by nationalistic rhetoric. The LDP has one of the longest records of electoral success in the democratic world, ruling from 1955 until its landslide defeat in 2009 by the centrist Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) amid widespread hopes for a new direction that would lift Japan out of a 20-year-long economic slump. Polls predict the LDP will oust Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s centrist DPJ and take a two-thirds majority in the lower house, although around 40% of Japanese voters remain undecided. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese National Assembly with External Imprints in 2012

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At the invitation of the President of Thailand's National Assembly Somsak Kiatsuranont and the President of Japan's House of Councillors Hirata Kenji, Politburo member, Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation paid official visits to Thailand and Japan on December 3-8, 2012. These visits were remarkable imprints in the Vietnamese National Assembly's external relations in 2012. Vietnam, Thailand move towards strategic partnership Vietnam and Thailand are members of ASEAN and now move toward building an ASEAN Community in 2015. Vietnam is an active member with a great contribution to the development of ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and ASEAN. For this reason, the visit to Thailand by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung aimed to create greater confidence and serve as a basis to enhance exchange, coordination and consensus between the two countries' parliaments in particular and AIPA in general towards the … [Read more...]

Japan protests after Chinese plane flies over disputed isles

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Japan protested to China on Thursday after a Chinese government plane entered what Japan considers its airspace over disputed islets in the East China Sea, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. An airplane belonging to China's state oceanic administration flies past about 15 km (9 miles) south of one of the disputed islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, in this handout released by 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard December 13, 2012. Photo: Reuters The incident prompted Japan's military to scramble eight F-15 fighter jets, the Defense Ministry said. Japanese officials later said the Chinese aircraft had left the area. Sino-Japanese relations took a tumble in September after Japan bought the tiny islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a private Japanese owner. "Despite our repeated warnings, Chinese government ships have entered out territorial waters for three days in an row," Japanese Chief … [Read more...]