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Oct 31, 2015

Ex-U.N. refugee agency chief urges Japan to do more to help

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, which accepted less than a dozen asylum seekers last year, should show more leadership on refugees and craft an immigration policy given its need for foreign workers, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Thursday.

Sadako Ogata, 88, whose great-grandfather, then-premier Tsuyoshi Inukai, was assassinated by radical naval officers in 1932, also said that while Japan’s military had a global role to play, it should not be one that involved fighting overseas.

Aug 1, 2015

Pacific Rim free trade talks unlikely to end in deal -sources

LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31 (Reuters) – Talks on a Pacific Rim
free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources
involved in the talks said on Friday, with a dispute between
Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in
over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly
periods for next-generation drugs.

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to
Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4
p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET/0200 GMT) a news conference
originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of
Maui.

Jul 31, 2015

Pacific Rim free trade talks go down to the wire

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact faced a fast-approaching deadline on Friday as trading partners aimed to wrap up a deal within hours, with New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and ministers tussling over monopoly periods for next-generation drugs.

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Jul 31, 2015

Pacific trade pact bittersweet for cane growers

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Japan and the United States have been at odds over many things during Pacific free trade talks but they are united in concern over the deal’s potential impact on their domestic sugar producers.

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may allow more sugar imports into the United States and Japan. That has brought warnings from U.S. growers about economic devastation and some in Japan go so far as to see a threat to national security.

Jul 31, 2015

Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final deal.

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would cut trade barriers and set common standards for 40 percent of the world economy, are meeting in Hawaii to try to hammer out a deal.

Jul 30, 2015

Pacific trading partners stuck on medical monopoly periods

LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 29 (Reuters) – Pacific trading
partners are deadlocked over intellectual property protections,
including monopoly periods for next-generation drugs, Japanese
Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Wednesday.

Amari said he saw no sign of the United States backing down
on a demand to protect for 12 years data used to develop
biologic drugs, which are made from living cells.

Jul 28, 2015

Pacific Rim ministers cautiously optimistic on trade deal

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Ministers from Pacific Rim nations hoping to finalize an ambitious free trade deal this week warned on Monday that hurdles remained including intellectual property and dairy.

The United States and Japan, the two biggest economies in the talks, are both keen for strong intellectual property protections, such as long copyright periods and data protection for next-generation drugs.

Apr 17, 2015

Japan and U.S. ministers to meet for trade talks before summit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the United States will hold cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will discuss farm and car trade when he meets Amari in Tokyo on Sunday and Monday, Amari told reporters.

Jul 31, 2014

Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport

INAZAWA Japan (Reuters) – Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell.

“This sport is about two elephants pushing each other,” he recalls thinking. “I’m a body builder, man. It’s so ugly for me, I will never do it.”

Jul 12, 2011

Baseball’s new chant: Get your wine here!

By Leslie Gevirtz and Ami Miyazaki

NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Beer, long the preferred beverage at baseball games, is seeing some competition from wine as North American stadiums go up market and increase their beverage offerings.

Wine has been seen as the beverage of choice by the upper classes, while beer and hotdogs have been staple fare at baseball games across the United States.