Japan’s Osaka to host 2025 World Expo, beating Russian city
PARIS (AP) — The Japanese city of Osaka will host the World Expo in 2025, after beating out cities in Russia and Azerbaijan in the race to host an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.
Japan’s PM reshuffles Cabinet; foreign, trade ministers stay
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday, retaining key diplomatic and economy posts as Japan tackles tough trade talks with the U.S.
Abe was re-elected in September to head the Liberal Democratic Party for a third term, paving the way to serve as Japan's leader for up to three more years.
AP Interview: Japan official says Trump misunderstands trade
TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump's tariff policies reflect a serious misunderstanding of the importance of free trade and Japanese companies' contributions to the U.S. economy, Japan's trade minister said.
Hiroshige Seko, the minister of economy, trade and industry, warned in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that Tokyo might take action if the U.S. fulfills threats to levy a 25 percent tariff on Japanese auto imports. He gave no details but didn't rule out retaliatory tariffs.
TOKYO (AP) — Trade ministers and officials from 16 Asian countries agreed Sunday to speed up negotiations on outstanding issues and reach a basic agreement on a regional trade pact by the end of this year.
During weekend meetings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged fellow leaders to work for an early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in the face of an increasingly protectionist U.S.
BEIJING (AP) — China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.
President Donald Trump invoked a provision authorizing the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds.
The Latest: No steel tariff exemption for EU granted yet
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on international reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's push for steel tariffs (all times local):
The EU's trade chief says talks with U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy failed to secure an exemption for EU steel from upcoming tariffs that have sparked fears of a new trade war.
Japan trade minister returns salary over shady loan scandal
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister is voluntarily returning two months of his salary after a government-backed lender reported $2.3 billion in shady loans based on faked documents that enabled companies to take advantage of government-funded low interest loans.
Hiroshige Seko, who heads the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, mentioned the action at a conference Thursday while discussing problems with corporate governance at Japanese companies.
Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened.
Company officials told reporters that Japan Quality Assurance inspectors were conducting investigations at a copper plant in Hadano, outside Tokyo.
US looking to Japan for help in boosting LNG exports to Asia
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. is keen to work with Japan in expanding exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas in Asia, and hopes for more Japanese investment in American natural gas infrastructure, a senior Department of Energy official said Wednesday.
Japan's trade and industry minister announced Wednesday plans for a $10 billion public-private effort to build LNG terminals, power plants and other facilities to help meet rising energy demand in Asia.
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he hopes China will step forward to be a "real leader" on climate issues, while rejecting criticism that the United States is backing down.
President Donald Trump's decision last week to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement has sparked speculation that he is creating a leadership void that China could fill.
TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. energy secretary reassured Japan on Monday that his country is committed to tackling environmental issues and to promoting clean energy even though the country is leaving the Paris climate accord.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry told his Japanese counterpart, Hiroshige Seko, during their talks in Tokyo that the U.S. commitment to environment is unchanged, according to Kazushige Tanaka, a Japanese industry ministry official who was at the talks.