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SoftBank’s Son explains ARM takeover to U.K. prime minister

SoftBank Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son met with British Prime Minister Theresa May on July 25 and explained that his company will double its employment in the U.K. through its recent acquisition of ARM Holdings and keep ARM’s head office in Cambridge intact.   Son and May met in the official residence of the British prime minister. According….Read more

  • July 27, 2016
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GOJ establishes taskforce on Brexit

Yomiuri reported that the Abe administration on Wednesday launched an inter-agency panel charged with examining Brexit’s effects on Japanese business operations in the UK and Europe. The taskforce will put together recommendations for minimizing the potential impact by late August and convey them to the British government and EU headquarters.    

  • July 28, 2016
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British prime minister vows to heed Japan’s concerns over Brexit

All papers reported on Prime Minister Abe’s first telephone conversation with new British Prime Minister May on July 26. In response to Abe’s call for the UK to take appropriate steps to prevent its departure from the EU from having adverse effects on Japanese firms operating in the country, May said she recognizes the importance of Japanese investment in Britain….Read more

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Japan-UK finance ministerial to be held today

Finance Minister Taro Aso announced on July 22 that he will hold a meeting with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, on July 23 in Chengdu, China, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors.   This will be the first meeting between Aso and Hammond since the UK decided to withdraw from the European….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
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Turkish envoy to Japan condemns Fethullah Gulen as instigator of coup attempt

Yomiuri and Nikkei reported on a news conference by Turkish Ambassador to Japan Ahmet Bulent Meric at the Japan National Press Club on July 20, during which he strongly condemned Fethullah Gulen, the cleric and opposition leader living in the U.S., as the instigator of the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The envoy said that there are groups connected to….Read more

  • July 21, 2016
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FM Kishida asks UK counterpart for consideration for Japanese-affiliated firms

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida spoke by telephone with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on July 20. Regarding Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union (EU), Kishida made a request, saying: “I would like you to take appropriate measures so that Japanese-affiliated companies operating in the UK will not suffer adverse effects.” Johnson promised to give consideration [to Japanese firms],….Read more

  • July 21, 206
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Japanese, Russian ministers agree to work on economic cooperation plans

Asahi reported briefly that Russian Minister of Economic Development Ulyukayev held separate meetings with Finance Minister Aso, METI Minister Hayashi, and Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko in Tokyo on July 19 and agreed with the Japanese side to hammer out details of the eight-point economic cooperation plan, including the development of the Russian Far East, that was proposed by the….Read more

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Editorial: Japan should focus on Japan-EU EPA, TPP

With Britain leaving the European Union, Japan should rework its trade policy priorities.   The government should first demonstrate its political leadership by accelerating talks on an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the EU, so that the pact can be finalized by the end of the year. The Diet should also endorse a bill on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free….Read more

  • July 18, 2016
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Abe congratulates new British Prime Minister May

Thursday evening’s Yomiuri and Nikkei wrote that Prime Minister Abe sent a message to British Prime Minister May on July 14 congratulating her on the assumption of her post and saying that Japan will further deepen its close relations with Britain and that he will work with the new UK leader to proactively contribute to global economic growth as well….Read more

  • July 14, 2016
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U.S., UK, China, ROK, Russia react to Japan’s Upper House election results

International media paid keen attention to Japan’s ruling parties’ victory in the House of Councillors election, many of them reporting this in newsflashes.   In light of the Japanese ruling bloc’s victory, the Obama administration plans to continue to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance based on the security laws authorizing Japan’s limited exercise of the right to collective self-defense. It is….Read more

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