Tag: Abe, Shinzo

A Filmmaker Explored Japan’s Wartime Enslavement of Women. Now He’s Being Sued.

TOKYO — When Miki Dezaki decided to make a documentary for his graduate thesis, he examined a question that reverberates through Japanese politics: Why, 75 years later, does a small but vocal group of politically influential conservatives still fervently dispute internationally accepted accounts of Japan’s wartime atrocities? Specifically, Mr. Dezaki focused on what historians call […]

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Trump Races for Trade Deals With Japan and India as China Fight Persists

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is racing to announce limited trade deals with Japan and India before the end of the month, as President Trump tries to score some wins amid a protracted trade fight with China. The “minideals” are aimed at helping Mr. Trump overcome concerns about his trade approach before the 2020 election […]

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Trump Says U.S. and Japan Have Reached Initial Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that his administration had reached an initial trade agreement with Japan and planned to announce a deal in the coming weeks. The trade pact is expected to increase access for American agricultural products like beef and chicken to the Japanese market, providing some relief to farmers who have […]

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Embattled at Home, South Korea’s Leader Turns on Japan, Stoking Old Hostilities

SEOUL, South Korea — Midway through his five-year term, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea appears more embattled than ever. His policy of improving ties with North Korea has stalled. His economy has slowed, and antigovernment protests in Seoul have grown. Amid such setbacks, it might seem unwise for Mr. Moon to take on another […]

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Japan and South Korea Stop Playing Nice

On Wednesday in Beijing, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan convened like feuding officemates compelled to make amends. The air around them vibrated with resentment, which had built up over months of verbal slights and legal and economic assaults, and was rooted in old histories of colonization as much as recent jockeying for […]

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Japan, South Korea and a Rupture on the Pacific Rim

A fast-escalating trade war between South Korea and Japan took a dangerous turn this week when the Koreans abandoned a military intelligence-sharing agreement with the Japanese, weakening an important source of information on North Korea and China. South Korea said it was responding to Japan’s restrictions on trade with South Korea, including on the export […]

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South Korea Retaliates Against Japan in Trade and Diplomatic Rift

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea retaliated against Japan on Monday in a diplomatic and trade dispute between the two key American allies, deciding to remove its neighbor from its list of countries entitled to preferential treatment in trade. South Korea’s tit-for-tat action had been expected since Japan took a similar action against South Korea […]

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As Japan and South Korea Feud Intensifies, U.S. Seems Unwilling, or Unable, to Help

TOKYO — North Korea had launched its third barrage of short-range missiles in just over a week, parading its growing ability to strike its neighbors with devastating firepower. But instead of banding together against a common adversary, the two American allies in the path of the missiles — Japan and South Korea — were locked […]

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Japan’s Leader Wants to Empower Women. Just Not in His Party.

ImageCreditKazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images TOKYO — The main issue at stake in last Sunday’s election of the upper house of Parliament was whether the ruling coalition and its allies would win the super majority they needed to amend Japan’s pacifist Constitution. They didn’t. Less noted was another failure of the prime minister’s camp: […]

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As Japan Heads to the Polls, Shinzo Abe Could Clinch His Place in History

TOKYO — A dozen years ago, Shinzo Abe was a disgraced politician who was forced to resign after just one year as Japan’s prime minister, following a humiliating defeat of his party in a parliamentary election over the summer. On Sunday, voters head to the polls in a different parliamentary election, but this time Mr. […]

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Japan, Taking a Page From Trump, Uses Trade Against South Korea

Last month, before an audience of world leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan forcefully defended the global trade order that President Trump has so dramatically fractured. “A free and open economy,” he told leaders of the Group of 20 nations in Osaka, Japan, “is the foundation of global peace and prosperity.” Two days later, […]

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Ivanka Trump Tests Her Diplomatic Chops and Riles a Legion of Critics

Set against a tense, eerie silence in the landmine-riddled mountains separating South and North Korea, the Demilitarized Zone may be the highest-stakes negotiation site on earth. It’s not the sort of place for mistakes. It is the latest spot where Ivanka Trump has tried her hand at statecraft. On Sunday, Ms. Trump, the president’s elder […]

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5 Takeaways From the G20 Summit: Easing Off the Trade War, for Now

ImageThe American and Chinese delegations on Saturday.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times The trade war with China has shifted. After meeting China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on the side lines of the G20 summit, Mr. Trump told reporters on Saturday: “We discussed a lot of things, and we’re right back on track” with trade talks. Mr. Trump […]

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Heading to G20, Trump Once Again Assails America’s Friends

OSAKA, Japan — President Trump, arriving in Japan on Thursday, opened his latest foreign trip much as he did his last one, lashing out at America’s allies, including his hosts, just before sitting down with them to talk through differences on issues like security and trade. In the hours before and after leaving for an […]

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U.S. Versus China: A New Era of Great Power Competition, but Without Boundaries

WASHINGTON — When President Trump meets President Xi Jinping of China this week to discuss contentious trade issues, they will face each other in another nation that was once the United States’ main commercial rival, seen as a threat to American dominance. But the competition between the United States and Japan, which hosts the Group […]

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Trump Might Not Want War With Iran. Without Diplomacy He Will Get One.

The United States was quick to blame Iran for last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has denied involvement, and there is considerable skepticism around the world about American claims. We don’t yet know what really happened, and may not for some time. But what the attacks and subsequent fallout […]

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Distrusting Both Iran and U.S., Europe Urges ‘Maximum Restraint’

BRUSSELS — Speaking of the attacks this week on fuel tankers in the Gulf of Oman, President Trump said flatly on Friday that “Iran did do it.” European governments may also think that Iran is probably to blame, but their distrust of the Trump administration and its hawkish policy toward Tehran have led them to […]

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Modern Monetary Theory’s Reluctant Poster Child: Japan

TOKYO — Spend big and never mind the deficit. That’s what proponents of modern monetary theory, the unorthodox set of economic ideas that has inspired politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, see as the winning formula for American prosperity. For proof, its admirers point to Japan. Despite the highest debt in the developed world, […]

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