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New PostFrance requests talk with Nissan-Renault merger

France has asked Japan to hold a ministerial meeting to discuss the future of the alliance between Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. following the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, but Tokyo is likely to refuse the request, sources close to the matter said Monday.   While the French government is apparently aiming to retain its

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January 23, 2019

New PostJapan claims SoKor radar lock is baseless

The Defense Ministry concluded Monday that South Korea’s denial of an alleged radar lock on a Japanese patrol plane is “baseless” saying it cannot continue bilateral defense talks on the incident.   As the two nations have clashed over whether the said fire-control radar was directed by a South Korean Navy destroyer at a Japanese

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January 23, 2019

New PostJapan is at a diplomatic crossroad

Democracy is in the midst of a change across the globe. At the same time, the world order is crumbling. This contour will become even clearer and it may one day influence Japan. I would like to focus on its course this year.   Ever since the U.S. presidential election and the British national referendum

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January 22, 2019

New PostWill Japan allow a Nissan-Renault merger?

The French government has asked Japan to accept a merger between Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. and Carlos Ghosn was subsequently arrested. He had managed the alliance of the carmakers, sources close to the matter said Sunday.   The request, made at talks between French and Japanese officials in Tokyo, reflects President Emmanuel Macron’s

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January 21, 2019

New PostJapan-U.S. alliance looks gloomy

With Sunday marking the second anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States’ alliance with Japan has generally strengthened but his “America First” agenda — ranging from trade to North Korea — has sometimes generated uncertainty in otherwise firm bilateral relations. Personal rapport between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as shared

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January 21, 2019

New PostHitachi hit’s Japanese government by denying British Nuclear Power access

Hitachi Ltd. said Thursday it has suspended a 3 trillion yen ($27.5 billion) nuclear plant project in Britain and may abandon it completely unless a new financing scheme is introduced, in a serious blow to the growth strategy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.   Hitachi will book a special loss of 300 billion yen

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January 18, 2019

New PostNoKor makes effort for Second US-NoKor Summit

A close aide to Kim Jong Un arrived in Washington on Thursday to lay the groundwork for a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and  the North Korean leader, with negotiations over how to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula stalled.   An unspecified emissary is expected to meet with the U.S. Secretary of State Mike

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January 18, 2019

New PostJapan wants better space and cyber defense. And they seek US aid

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya called on Wednesday for increased cooperation with the United States in new domains of warfare like outer space and cyberspace in a veiled response to China’ quest for military supremacy in such areas on top of conventional ground, sea and air domains.   In a speech in Washington, Iwaya sought

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January 18, 2019

AKB48 Official Removed Over Physical Assault

The operator of the popular all-girl band AKB48 and its spinoffs said Monday it has removed one of its officials from a key post amid criticism of its tepid handling of a case of physical aggression against a member of one of them.   The company AKS announced the change in personnel and made an

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January 16, 2019

Data Errors in Salary Make Japanese Government Look Like Fools

Nearly 80 percent of people have lost trust in the Japanese government’s economic indicators in the wake of a recent revelation that years of faulty wage data have been released, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.   In a nationwide opinion poll conducted Saturday and Sunday, the support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet

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January 15, 2019