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Apr 17, 2014

Japan’s Abe dubs China vital partner amid territorial disputes

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe criticised Beijing for trying to “change the status quo”
with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital
economic partner, as a series of visits suggested a possible
thaw in ties between the Asian rivals.

Sino-Japanese ties have been strained by a territorial row
over tiny disputed isles in the East China Sea and perceptions
in Beijing that Abe wants to rewrite Japan’s wartime history and
tone down past apologies.

Apr 17, 2014

Japan’s Abe dubs China vital economic partner amid territorial disputes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized Beijing for trying to “change the status quo” with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner, as a series of visits suggested a possible thaw in ties between the Asian rivals.

Sino-Japanese ties have been strained by a territorial row over tiny disputed isles in the East China Sea and perceptions in Beijing that Abe wants to rewrite Japan’s wartime history and tone down past apologies.

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, Australia said to clinch trade deal as U.S.-Tokyo talks heat up

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Australia clinched a basic trade deal to cut import tariffs, Australian media reported, as U.S. and Japanese officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that would re-energise stalled talks on a broader regional pact.

The agreement between Tokyo and Canberra comes as the U.S. and Japan push for their own two-way trade deal – a key component of a broader U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, before a visit later this month by President Barack Obama.

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, Australia near trade deal as U.S.-Tokyo talks heat up

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Australia are near to reaching a trade deal just as Tokyo’s parallel talks with the United States heat up, adding impetus to stalled negotiations over an ambitious Pacific trade pact.

A Tokyo-Canberra deal is “within our grasp,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told business leaders in Tokyo on Monday, hours before meeting his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. “Things are going very well indeed.”

Apr 1, 2014

Japan finds fraudulent steps in ‘breakthrough’ stem cell paper

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology of misconduct involving fabrication, but the scientist called the findings unacceptable.

Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature in January detailed simple ways to reprogram mature animal cells back to an embryonic-like state, allowing them to generate many types of tissues.

Mar 31, 2014

Japan relaxes arms export regime to fortify defense

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan eased its weapons export restrictions on Tuesday in the first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in nearly half a century, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to fortify ties with allies and bolster the domestic defense industry.

In a move likely to anger China, where bitter memories of Japan’s past militarism run deep, the government decided to allow arms exports and participation in joint weapons development and production when they serve international peace and Japan’s security.

Mar 14, 2014

Nobel laureate calls handing of stem cell research data ‘sloppy’

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Nobel Prize-winning head of a Japanese institute whose scientists’ work on stem cells was hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology called the lead researcher’s handling of the data “extremely sloppy” and “irresponsible”.

Two papers published in the journal Nature in January detailed a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue, offering hope for a simpler way to replace damaged cells or grow new organs in humans.

Mar 12, 2014

Japan seeks to ease arms export rules to bolster defence

TOKYO, March 12 (Reuters) – Japan plans to ease self-imposed
arms export curbs, ruling bloc lawmakers said on Wednesday, in
the first potential overhaul of arms export policy in half a
century likely to worry giant neighbour China.

The easing of export restrictions is part of Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe’s plan to bolster Japan’s military and strengthen
security ties with allies such as the United States.

Mar 10, 2014

Scientist urges withdrawal of his own ‘breakthrough’ stem cell research

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) – A Japanese scientist called on Monday for his own headline-grabbing study on stem cells to be withdrawn from publication, saying its findings had now been thrown into too much doubt.

The research – hailed when it came out in January as a breakthrough that could herald a new era of medical biology – was covered widely in Japan and across the world after it was published in the highly reputable science journal Nature.

Jan 28, 2014

Japan’s former PM questions Abe’s energy policy, diplomacy

TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s consumption of nuclear
power is “selfish” and unsustainable since the Japanese capital
hosts no nuclear reactors, former prime minister Morihiro
Hosokawa said on Tuesday, questioning the government’s energy
policy.

Hosokawa, who is running for Tokyo governor on a plank to
scrap nuclear power, is billing the Feb. 9 vote as a referendum
on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to restart reactors
halted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.