TOKYO (Reuters) – Former Toyota Motor Corp executive Julie Hamp was freed from police custody on Wednesday after Tokyo prosecutors said they would not indict her for suspected illegal importing of the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan.
Hamp, a U.S. citizen who became Toyota’s chief communications officer and first female managing officer in April, had been held since her June 18 arrest. She resigned from the world’s largest automaker last week.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington.
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters of railway systems, power plants and other infrastructure.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died on Tuesday after one doused himself in oil and set it ablaze, police said, but there was no immediate indication of a motive for the action that left 26 others injured.
The train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, made an emergency stop on its way from Tokyo, the capital, to the western city of Osaka, after smoke started to fill at least one carriage.
SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – East Asian neighbors South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained for years by feuds over the legacy of Japan’s wartime past.
The key U.S. allies are also working towards their first leaders’ meeting in three years, hoping to move past tension that has complicated efforts to improve security cooperation in the face of an unpredictable North Korea and an assertive China.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers agreed on Sunday to aim for a three-way summit with China by the end of the year, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said, paving the way for the first one-on-one meeting between Tokyo and Seoul’s leaders.
Japan’s Fumio Kishida met his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, to try to mend ties strained by a territorial dispute and a feud over “comfort women” forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s head of public relations, an American and its first female executive, was arrested on Thursday on a suspected violation of Japan’s drug laws for sending a painkiller through the mail, Tokyo police said.
Toyota Managing Officer and Chief Communications Officer Julie Hamp, who was appointed to her post at Japan’s biggest automaker in April, told police she did not think she had imported an illegal substance, a spokesman for Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department said.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines agreed to strengthen security ties and discussed transferring military equipment and technology on Thursday in Tokyo’s latest move to strengthen cooperation with Southeast Asian countries to counter China’s maritime ambitions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Philippine President Benigno Aquino also agreed to expand joint training and exercises between their militaries and to co-operate in building up the Philippines Coast Guard.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a veiled comparison on Wednesday between China’s activities in the South China Sea and Nazi Germany’s expansionism before World War Two, echoing similar remarks he made last year that outraged Beijing.
Aquino, who is expected to agree beefed up defense ties with Japan when he meets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, also urged Beijing to rethink its land reclamation projects in the disputed waters.
TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck
off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in
Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no reports of
damage since the quake was extremely deep.
There were no reports of further irregularities at the
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, damaged four years ago in a
massive 9.0 magnitude quake, or any other nuclear facilities.
TOKYO/MANILA (Reuters) – Japan and the Philippines are set to bolster security ties when President Benigno Aquino visits Tokyo next week, the latest move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to beef up cooperation with Southeast Asian nations facing China’s growing naval ambitions.
The two sides will likely agree to start talks on a framework for the transfer of defense equipment and technology and to discuss a possible pact on the status of Japanese military personnel visiting the Philippines to facilitate joint training and exercises, officials involved in the talks said.