Support for Japan's Abe Grows
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to join U.S.-led trade talks on Friday received majority support in three weekend opinion polls that also showed growing approval for his administration and his economic policies.
Japan's Abe Defends Trade-Talks Decision
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with an election four months off, defended his decision to enter negotiations on a free-trade pact fiercely opposed by the powerful farm lobby.
US To Deploy Ballistic Missile Interceptors In Response To North Korean Threats
New submitter dcmcilrath sends this quote from the NY Times: "The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to counter the growing reach of North Korea's weapons, a decision accelerated by Pyongyang's recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is resisting China's efforts to restrain him. ... The missiles have a mixed record in testing, hitting dummy targets just 50 percent of the time, but officials said Friday’s announcement was intended not merely to present a credible deterrence to the North’s limited intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal. They said it is also meant to show South Korea and Japan that the United States is willing to commit resources to deterring the North and, at the same time, warn Beijing that it must restrain its ally or face an expanding American military focus on Asia."
Found more than 1 month ago on channel Slashdot
Japan Looks to Trade Talks
Riding on a wave of strong public support, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to soon announce a decision to join U.S.-led free trade talks, a move favored by industry but fiercely opposed by the agriculture lobby.
Japan's Abe aims to polish reform credentials with TPP trade decision
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to raise the curtain on Act Three of his "Abenomics" drama with a decision to join talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, seen by some as a test of his appetite for vital economic reform.
Found more than 1 month ago on channel Reuters