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Hosted by Putin, Leaders of France, Japan Castigate Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The president of France spoke of an “erroneous decision.” Japan’s Prime Minister lamented disruptions to trade. The head of the International Monetary Fund said recent foreign policy positions were “not [...]
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China seeks tips from Japan for handling top U.S. trade haggler

Trade representative Robert Lighthizer played a pivotal role in American-Japanese trade relations decades ago. | Chris Kleponis – Pool/Getty Images [...]
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Japan Moves to Ease Aging Drivers Out of Their Cars

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GOTSU, Japan — Before Atsumu Yoshioka, 81, decided to give up driving, there were signs it might be time. During a visit to a shrine in rural Shimane Prefecture in western Japan, Mr. Yoshioka, a retired furniture maker, forgot to [...]
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Japan Worries It’ll Be Forgotten as Its Allies Talk to North Korea

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Last week, he traveled to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., to secure Mr. Trump’s agreement to seek the total abandonment of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs in his talks with Mr. Kim, and to press [...]
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Japan Fears Being Sidelined by Trump on Trade and North Korea

2 months ago | 0 comment
Mr. Abe hoped to secure Mr. Trump’s commitment on two issues: curtailing the North’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, and facilitating the return of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and ’80s. On Wednesday [...]
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Misreading Trump: Ally Japan Is Spurned on Tariff Exemptions

3 months ago | 0 comment
To be sure, Mr. Abe is not the first American ally to be so spurned. Theresa May of Britain, Justin Trudeau of Canada and Angela Merkel of Germany have all had turns at being Mr. Trump’s slighted friend. Japan could yet win an exemption [...]
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Japan Fears Being Left Behind by Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un

3 months ago | 0 comment
Meanwhile, a long-simmering scandal reared its head again on Monday, when Japan’s Finance Ministry released a report showing that officials had tampered with crucial documents related to a suspicious sweetheart land deal that may implicate [...]
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Tampered Documents Could Ensnare Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

3 months ago | 0 comment
But on Monday, the Finance Ministry submitted an 80-page report to the governing Liberal Democratic Party, admitting that ministry bureaucrats had deleted portions of 14 documents related to the land sale, including ones containing the [...]
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In Japan, Voters Are Wary of Mothers in Public Office

4 months ago | 0 comment
In September, Ms. Suzuki gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Family members take turns looking after the child while Ms. Suzuki juggles frequent business trips between Tokyo and Hokkaido, the electoral district she represents. Video Takako [...]
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In Japan, a Liberal Maverick Is Seeking to Lead a Conservative Party

4 months ago | 0 comment
In an interview at the Foreign Ministry last month, Mr. Kono smiled impishly when asked how soon he might make a bid to lead the Liberal Democratic Party. “You never know,” he said. “Who predicted President Trump two years ago?” Until [...]