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Japan opens door wider to foreign blue-collar workers despite criticism

08 Dec 2018

TOKYO Japan, in a major policy shift, enacted on Saturday a law to let in more foreign, blue-collar workers to ease a labour shortage, despite criticism it was too hastily crafted and risked exposing the workers to exploitation.

As Japan considers allowing more foreigners, tiny rural town wants to go further

06 Dec 2018

AKITAKATA, Japan Brazilian Luan Dartora Taniuti settled in the remote municipality of Akitakata in southwest Japan when he was nine. Leonel Maia of East Timor has been there nearly seven years. Filipina Gladys Gayeta is a newly arrived trainee factory worker, but must leave in less than three years.

Japan PM tells Putin no U.S. bases on disputed isles if handed over - Asahi

16 Nov 2018

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, eager to resolve a row that has haunted ties with Moscow since World War Two, has told Russian President Vladimir Putin the United States would not put troops on disputed islands if they are handed over to Japan, a newspaper reported on Friday.

U.S. VP Pence pushes Japan for bilateral free trade agreement

13 Nov 2018

TOKYO U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, keeping up pressure on Japan to cut its trade surplus with the United States, said on Tuesday American goods and services too often faced barriers in Japan and a bilateral trade agreement offered the best way forward. | Video

Japan aims to open door wider to blue-collar workers

02 Nov 2018

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labour shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan. | Video

Public opinion, legal hurdles cloud outlook for Japan-S.Korea forced labour row

31 Oct 2018

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan and South Korea will try to keep a row over World War Two forced labourers from spiralling into a crisis, after a court ruling forced the U.S. allies to confront hardening public opinion and divergent views of history.

Japan's Abe pursues China thaw as U.S-Beijing ties in deep freeze

12 Oct 2018

TOKYO While U.S. President Donald Trump appears to wage a trade "Cold War" on China, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will promote a thaw with Beijing at a summit this month where business ties will be in the spotlight.

Japan PM Abe keeps allies in key posts, just one woman in cabinet

02 Oct 2018

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept key ministers in their posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, including finance, trade and foreign affairs, while appointing just one woman to the new lineup.

In blow to Japan PM, son of U.S. Marine wins Okinawa governor vote

01 Oct 2018

TOKYO The son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother won an election for governor of Japan's Okinawa island on Sunday on an anti-U.S military presence platform, defeating a candidate backed by the ruling bloc in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan-U.S. trade talks - temporary relief but no panacea for imbalance

27 Sep 2018

TOKYO A U.S.-Japan agreement to start new trade talks avoids a bust-up over the allies' bilateral trade gap for now, but any deal would probably do little to narrow the U.S. trade deficit that infuriates U.S. President Donald Trump.

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