Japan warns G20 protectionism will disrupt markets

By Leika Kihara WASHINGTON, Apr 20 : Japan has warned its G20 counterparts that protectionism and exchange of retaliatory measures will disrupt financial markets and heighten volatility. “I told my G20 counterparts that no country would benefit from inward-looking policies based on protectionism,” Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters after a dinner gathering of […]

Japanese immigration detainees launch hunger strike over death

By Thomas Wilson TOKYO, Apr 17 : Foreigners held in a Japanese immigration detention centre have launched a hunger strike over the death of a detainee, drawing fresh attention to conditions under which they are held. An Indian man died in an apparent suicide on Friday at the East Japan Immigration Centre, northwest of Tokyo. […]

Trump, Japan’s Abe seek consensus on North Korea amid strains

By Steve Holland WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Apr 17 : US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek common ground on how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear challenge on Tuesday amid fears in Tokyo that Trump might be prone to make too many concessions. Abe is due to arrive at […]

Japan PM Abe’s woes deepen as ratings drop, predecessor predicts resignation

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, April 16 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political crisis deepened on Monday after polls showed that suspected cronyism scandals have pushed his support to record lows and a popular predecessor said Abe would probably resign in June. In another headache for the conservative premier, the finance ministry’s top bureaucrat has […]

Tokyo fears Trump could link security with trade at summit with Abe

By Linda Sieg and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO, Apr 16 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could find his oft-touted close ties with Donald Trump sorely tested at a summit this week in which Tokyo fears the U.S. leader will to try to link vital security matters with touchy trade topics. It is a fraught time […]

Japan PM Abe to sack top finance official accused of sexual harassment -paper

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO, Apr 16 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided that a top finance ministry official accused of sexually harassing several female reporters must be fired, the daily Sankei newspaper reported on Monday, without citing a source. The weekly Shincho magazine said in an issue published last Thursday that Administrative Vice […]