The Senkakus: A tale of war, peace

January 25, 2013
OWNERSHIP claims to the Diaoyutai (Senkaku) islands have their roots in the Sino-Japanese war of  1894-5, the terms of the Japanese surrender in 1945, and a decision by the US in 1971 to hand administrative rights of the islands to Japan. Taiwan details the history of the dispute in a briefing paper which forms part of its proposal for a peaceful resolution of the dispute . . .

Protectionism back on radar as trade talks stall

Pascal Lamy - Financial services now at issue
November 23, 2011

PASCAL LAMY is resigned to the fact that global trade negotiations will continue to drift aimlessly, but he is also concerned about potential threats to rules that regulate world trade. Lamy says new issues, such as export restrictions, are emerging. “Export restrictions were not on the radar screen 10 years ago,” the Director-General of the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation, told ATI.

Shinkansen suppliers eye Australian HSR prospects

700 Series Shinkansen
February 1, 2012

SYDNEY — Leading Japanese heavy equipment companies, including Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi, are eyeing a mooted high speed railway for Australia.

"We understand the plan to build a Brisbane-Melbourne high speed rail is under discussion," says Toshihiro Yamakoshi, Director of the Office of Project Development at Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.