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US Shows Keen Interest in Starting FTA Talks with Japan (News)

Washington, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)—US Vice President Mike Pence expressed keen interest in starting talks on a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan during the second round of the two countries' economic dialogue here on Monday, according to Japanese government officials. It was the first time for Pence to show such an intention during the dialogue with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō…
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Trump Mulling First Visit to Japan as President in November (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is considering visiting Japan in early November to hold talks with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, informed sources said Wednesday. Tokyo and Washington are arranging Trump's visit to Japan, a Japanese government source said. It would be the first time for Trump to visit the Asian country since he took office in January. In their envisaged ta…
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Japan Alarmed by Increasing US–North Korea Tensions (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has been alarmed by increasing tensions amid a bitter war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea over the reclusive state's missile development program. Tokyo will discuss with Washington how to deal with the crisis while strengthening its vigilance and surveillance activities, informed sources said. "We are on full aler…
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Japan Likely to Trigger Beef Import Safeguard for First Time in 14 Years (News)

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is poised to impose a safeguard measure to protect domestic cattle farmers against foreign beef for the first time in 14 years, in response to a surge in imports of frozen products from the United States, informed sources said Wednesday. The government is considering invoking the safeguard by raising the tariff rate from 38.5% to 50% on Tuesda…
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How Trump Policies Affect the Japanese EconomyItoh Motoshige

Since Donald Trump’s election as US president, expectations of his economic policies have pushed up stock prices, interest rates, and the dollar. Economic expert Itoh Motoshige examines the significance of these policies for Japan.
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Abe Seeks Trump’s Leadership Role in World (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Tuesday that he urged US President Donald Trump to play a leadership role in the international community during their latest summit. "The world will be in confusion and uncertainty will grow further unless the US president fulfills a role as a leader of the free world," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeti…
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When Trumpism Met the East Asian WallTeshima Ryūichi

In his summit with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, President Donald Trump shifted his East Asian security and diplomatic policy back toward the standard course set by his predecessors. Journalist Teshima Ryūichi takes a look at what Trump’s promises to defend the Senkakus and adhere to the “one China” policy mean for the East Asian diplomatic scene.
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Abe, Trump Play 27 Holes of Golf Together (News)

Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō played golf with US President Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday, in another round of diplomacy intended to build a personal relationship of trust following their first summit in Washington on Friday. Abe and Trump played 18 holes at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter in the morning near Trump's Mar-a-Lago …
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Japan, United States to Launch New Economic Dialogue (News)

Washington, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and US President Donald Trump agreed Friday to launch a new dialogue scheme to discuss ways to expand investment and employment in the United States, as well as trade between the two countries. The agreement came in line with the new president's "America first" policy with emphasis on boosting infrastructure development and cre…
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Japan Continues Work at US Base Relocation Site in Okinawa (News)

Nago, Okinawa Pref., Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Defense Ministry on Tuesday went ahead with work in preparation for the construction of a replacement facility for the US Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The ministry's Okinawa Defense Bureau dropped large concrete blocks into the sea off the Henoko district in Nago, also in the southernmost prefecture, even thou…
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