Acting US trade representative Demetrios Marantis lauded the unanimous decision from the 11 member countries to let Japan participate in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks. He says that this will create a bigger market for American exports and generate domestic employment as well.
Government sources revealed that a number of highly confidential files have been stolen through a cyber attack on the computers of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Ministry, including documents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact negotiations. Investigations revealed that the attack came from overseas, possibly from South Korea, according to sources.
A source from the Japanese government has revealed that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has decided not to visit Russia in December after being informed that the trip could not be accommodated into Russian President Vladimir Putin's busy schedule. Japan and Russia have held meetings in the past in preparation for a joint statement regarding a long-running territorial dispute that the two leaders are supposed to agree on in the postponed meeting.
By attempting to nationalize the Diaoyu Islands, Chinese President Hu Jintao feels that Japan is making a wrong decision and that Beijing will not recognize the "purchase" of the islands. These were Jintao’s remarks when he held a brief exchange of words with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vladivostok, Russia.
After a sideline meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit this weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Sunday that he wanted the two countries to finally put an end to their territorial dispute brought on from World War II. Putin said that Japan was Russia's key partner in the region, and in order to further develop relations, they need to bring an end to all of their inherited problems from the past.
The spat between Japan and South Korea was getting too childish, with letters being returned and loads of pouting and frowning. Luckily the setting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vladivostok, Russia, is proving to be a great setting for the Japan and South Korea to approach tense topics like the island dispute in a more mature fashion.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to put aside their nations' territorial dispute and agreed to cooperate on a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the two leaders signed a memorandum for the $13 billion project that will see Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy working with Gazprom, Russia's largest oil and gas corporation.
A brief meeting occurred on Sunday between Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and China's President Hu Jintao, the first between the two Asian leaders since tensions erupted several weeks ago over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. As attendees, the pair met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, currently being hosted in Vladivostok, Russia. While nationalist activism on both sides has made diplomacy difficult, Prime Minister Noda is said to have stated that the two countries should work to deepen their mutually beneficial relations.
Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, spoke at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit this weekend, urging for cooler heads from South Korea and Japan when trying to work out their territorial island dispute. Hosted in the Russian city of Vladivostok, Clinton says she used the APEC Summit to speak with both Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to bring up the issue that it was in both their interests to work in a calm, restrained manner.