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Outgoing US Ambassador Kennedy Thanks Okinawa People (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy expressed her gratitude on Monday to the people of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, as part of a farewell video message. "I'm grateful to the people of Okinawa for helping me to better understand their struggle and our shared history," Kennedy said in the message released the same day. "I hope we continue to …
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Trump’s Defense Pick Intends to Keep Military Posture in Asia-Pacific (News)

Washington, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's defense chief pick, underscored on Thursday the need to maintain the US military posture in the Asia-Pacific region. "As this is a primarily maritime theater, our naval forces, supported by other elements of the military, should be the centerpiece of the Department of Defense's integrated strategy for th…
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Trump’s Secretary of State Pick Reaffirms Protection of Japan’s Senkakus (News)

Washington, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson expressed intention Wednesday to defend the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands against Chinese aggression, if any, based on the Japan-US security treaty. "We have longstanding ally commitments with Japan and South Korea in the area, and I think we would respond in accordance with those (security) accords," Tillerson…
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Trump Frustrated with US Trade Deficits with Japan, Others (News)

New York, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—US President-elect Donald Trump expressed his discontent with his country's trade deficits with Japan and other countries, during his first press conference since the November 8 presidential election, held in New York on Wednesday. "We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis, hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, wi…
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Toyota to Invest $10 Billion in US over Five Years (News)

Detroit, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)—Toyota Motor Corp. will invest 10 billion dollars in the United States over the next five years, President Toyoda Akio said Monday. "We will be investing another 10 billion here...in just the next five years alone" after spending 22 billion dollars over the past 60 years, Toyoda said during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened Monday. …
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Trump Raps Toyota’s Plan to Build Factory in Mexico (News)

Washington, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—Incoming US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized a plan by leading Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. to build a new factory in Mexico. "Toyota Motor said will build a new plant" in Baja California, Mexico, to make Corolla cars for exports to the United States, Trump said on his Twitter account. "No Way!," he said, adding, "Build plant in U.S. or p…
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Caroline Kennedy: A Fresh Face at the US EmbassyNakayama Toshihiro

Caroline Kennedy looks set to become the next US ambassador to Japan. While her name is widely recognized, there are concerns over her political and diplomatic skills, since both are unknown. Japan, however, should focus on making the most of her name recognition in America. Specialist on US politics and foreign policy Nakayama Toshihiro gives his take on the situation.
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