Japan welcomes Trump with a charm campaign, golf and sumo

World 05/25/19, 03:31

Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes him on a state visit. Offering high honors, golf, and the chance to present a "Trump Cup" at a sumo wrestling ...

Japan wrestling with Trump going to sumo during state visit

Politics 05/21/19, 03:11

Plans for U.S. President Donald Trump to check out the ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling during a state visit are raising security issues for organizers. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to have Trump and his wife Melania attend a tournament May 26 and hand over a trophy to ...

Japan’s economy expanded for 2nd straight quarter

Business 05/19/19, 19:51

The Japanese government says the economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in the first quarter, marking the second straight quarter of expansion. The Cabinet Office said Monday seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, the total value of a nation's goods and services, grew 0.5% in the January-March period from ...

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

World 05/17/19, 06:03

Japan and China have agreed to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013.China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that the timing is appropriate for the two ...

Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more US beef

Business 05/13/19, 02:49

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef. Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he hoped President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Trump, Japanese leader cap visit with golf outing

Politics 04/27/19, 10:07

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared their love of golf on a sunny, windy Saturday at the president's northern Virginia course. Trump said on the eve of their outing they'd play a quick round at a "beautiful" place before he goes to Wisconsin for a rally. Meantime Melania ...

President Trump upbeat on potential for US-Japan trade deal

Politics 04/26/19, 23:34

President Donald Trump expressed confidence Friday that a bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and Japan can be reached quickly despite ongoing differences over tariffs as he opened talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House. Abe is the rare world leader who has managed to develop a personal ...

Japan’s Abe talks trade with EU chiefs ahead of US visit

Europe 04/25/19, 11:13

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top European Union officials are discussing trade, bilateral ties and North Korea, on the latest leg of Abe's international tour to prepare for the G-20 summit in June.The Japanese premier, EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are likely Thursday ...

Japan’s PM asks for support in abduction dispute with NKorea

Europe 04/25/19, 06:27

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has asked the leaders of four Central European countries for help in a long dispute with North Korea over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago.Abe says he has asked for "understanding and support" on an issue that is "very important" for Japan.Japan ...

Japan’s PM vows to help France in rebuilding Notre Dame

Europe 04/23/19, 05:40

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to help France rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.Abe stopped in France Tuesday as part of his tour of Europe and North America.Speaking alongside French president Emmanuel Macron, Abe said through a translator he "was deeply saddened by the damage inflicted to the ...

Japan using emperor, first lady’s birthday to court Trump

Politics 04/19/19, 08:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and celebrate first lady Melania Trump's birthday, and then is inviting him to be first foreign leader to meet Japan's new emperor, the two countries announced Friday. Without close friends in Asia, Abe ...

President Trump to visit Japan in late May, meet new emperor

Politics 04/18/19, 21:56

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to Japan at the end of May to meet the newly enthroned emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his abdicating father, current Emperor Akihito, on May 1. Trump will also hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the ...

Japan’s PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

World 04/14/19, 05:11

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant ...

Japan gov’t says era name translates as ‘beautiful harmony’

World 04/02/19, 05:26

Japan's government said Tuesday that the official translation of the era name for the new emperor will be "Beautiful Harmony," setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes before Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne.The era of "Reiwa" begins May 1, a day after 85-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates and ...

Q&A: What’s in a name for Japan emperor’s new era?

World 04/01/19, 03:48

Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihito, is abdicating, with his "Heisei" era coming to an end the day before. A selection of the name was a top secret ...

Update: Name for new era of Naruhito to be ‘Reiwa’

World 03/31/19, 21:59

The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):11:50 a.m.Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."Cameramen stand by for a planned press conference by Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, ...

Japan to name new era for soon-to-be emperor Naruhito

World 03/31/19, 19:46

Japan's government is holding top-secret meetings to decide a new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito, the crown prince who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne from his father May 1.Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government later Monday ...

Okinawa referendum rejects relocation for US military base

World 02/24/19, 21:52

The residents of Japan's southwestern island region of Okinawa have rejected a relocation plan for a U.S. military base that was put to a referendum, dealing a blow to a bilateral security deal stalled for years.The results of Sunday's vote showed 72 percent opposed the plan for a Marines air ...

Trump says he’s in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

Politics 02/19/19, 16:04

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his second meeting with ...

Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Politics 02/18/19, 01:16

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman declined Monday to say if Abe had nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, though they praised Trump for dealings with North Korea. Questioned in parliament about reports he had done so, Abe said: "In light of the Nobel Committee's ...

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