Japan has protested to Russia over its plan to boost troop strength on disputed islands, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday, the latest move in a territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.
Japan's Sojitz Corporation — the country's sixth largest trading enterprise — has signed a preliminary agreement to study the production of steel sheets in Iran's southeastern port of Chabahar in Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
Japan's economy expanded 1.0 percent in 2016 as a bump in exports and capital investment offset weak spending at home, data showed on Monday, although it was unlikely to erase concerns about Tokyo's faltering war on deflation.
Japan's prime minister says Tokyo wants to build a “relationship of trust” with Washington, highlighting that the economic and trade ties between the two countries are “win-win” under the administration of President Donald Trump.
Japan's current account surplus increased 25.8 percent from the previous year to 20.65 trillion yen ($183.86 billion) in 2016, marking a nine-year high, the finance ministry said in a preliminary report on Wednesday.
The Government of Japan expressed readiness to allocate $6.9 billion to fund five projects in Iran in a bid to continue expand bilateral relations between the two countries as well as humanitarian issues.
Despite the central government’s initiatives to reinvigorate regional economies and advance decentralization, municipalities across Japan are struggling to stem a population outflow, most prominently to Tokyo.