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Trump threatens Canada over dairy trade, slaps tariff on lumber

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Softwood lumber is stacked at Murray Brothers Lumber Company woodlot in Madawaska, Ontario, on Tuesday. The upper Midwest timber industry is welcoming the Trump administration's announcement that it's imposing tariffs averaging 20 percent on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. | SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS / VIA AP

Trade tensions spiked between Washington and Ottawa Tuesday as President Donald Trump accused Canada of being “very rough” on its southern neighbor and threatened to retaliate against n...

Ivanka Trump calls audience groans ‘politics’ as she defends dad at Berlin women-in-business confab

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser of U.S. President Donald Trump, gestures as she chats with German Chacellor Angela Merkel during a dinner after she participated in the W20 Summit in Berlin Tuesday. | MICHAEL SOHN, POOL / VIA AP

Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses Tuesday from an audience in Berlin while defending her father’s attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as “politics” during her first ...

Hitachi may team up with U.K. fund to buy Toshiba unit

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Hitachi may work with a British investment fund to acquire Swiss power-meter maker Landis+Gyr, a Toshiba unit being considered for sale, sources said. The acquisition is expected to cost more than ...

Facebook again draws fire after Thai man broadcasts baby daughter’s murder

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Jiranuch Trirat, mother of an 11-month-old infant who was killed by her father — who broadcast the murder on Facebook — stands next to a picture of her daughter at a temple in Phuket, Thailand, on Tuesday. | REUTERS

Police in Thailand on Wednesday said they would discuss how to expedite taking down “inappropriate online content” after a man broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a l...

Deputy foreign minister named as Japan’s chief TPP negotiator

via The Japan Times    Apr 25, 2017

The government announced Tuesday that it has appointed a deputy foreign minister as chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, with an eye ...

Sakuragawa CEO: Pumped up to take on the U.S. market

By Jan Onghanseng
-    Apr 24, 2017

With its recently appointed president, Sakuragawa Pumps in Osaka acquired a refreshed determination to grow its markets abroad, particularly the United States.

Aso pushes back on U.S. call for scrutiny of currency moves

via The Japan Times    Apr 23, 2017

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen talks with Finance Minister Taro Aso as they gather for the 'family photo' at the World Bank Group Spring Meeting in Washington on Friday. | AP

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Saturday trade imbalances cannot be fixed through exchange-rate adjustments alone, pushing back against Washington’s calls to have more rigorous IMF scrutiny of...

Global finance officials argue benefits of free trade at IMF/World Bank meet in Washington

via The Japan Times    Apr 22, 2017

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso speaks during a news conference in Washington on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

The world’s major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be ...

Aso wary of inking bilateral trade deal with U.S.

via The Japan Times    Apr 22, 2017

Finance Minister Taro Aso holds a news conference in Washington on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday sounded a cautious note about the potential benefits of striking a bilateral trade deal with the United States, saying ...

GM exits Venezuela after government seizes its factory

via The Japan Times    Apr 21, 2017

Workers of General Motors listen during a meeting with government officials at the company's plant in Valencia, Venezuela, Thursday. General Motors announced that it was shuttering operations in the country after authorities seized the factory on Wednesday. | AP

General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering its operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its factory in the country, a move that could draw the Trump administration into the es...

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