Categories for Japan

30,029. 10/29/2019

EU/FEDERAL RESERVE/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘Over in Europe and Japan they have NEGATIVE RATES. They get paid to borrow money. Don’t we have to follow our competitors?’ @Varneyco Yes we do. The Fed doesn’t have a clue! We have unlimited potential, only held back by the Federal Reserve. But we are winning anyway!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 29, 2019 10:13 am

29,234. 10/7/2019

AGRICULTURE/JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump just signed two new trade agreements with Japan, changing the game for American farmers and ranc…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 7, 2019 11:23 pm

29,233. 10/7/2019

JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: WATCH: President @realDonaldTrump discusses signing two early outcomes from trade negotiations with Japan! 1️⃣ Will allow b…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 7, 2019 11:23 pm

29,208. 10/7/2019

AGRICULTURE/IVANKA/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @IvankaTrump: Today the USA and Japan signed 2 new trade agreements 🇺🇸 🇯🇵 1) Agricultural Agt: +90% of US ag imports into Japan will be…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 7, 2019 10:40 pm

28,615. 9/23/2019

JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States and Japan may fall short of signing a trade deal this week, as negotiators from both countries grapple with how to resolve President Trump’s threat to place tariffs on cars from Japan. The two countries had been working toward signing a limited trade deal this week, as Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan prepare to appear side by side at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. Instead, the two sides may issue a joint statement, and keep working toward completing an agreement in the coming weeks, several people familiar with the negotiations said. A main sticking point is Mr. Trump’s threat to put a tax on cars that are imported into the United States from Japan. The levies would be similar to those he has already placed on steel and aluminum imported from Japan, Europe and other nations. Mr. Trump has long seen his threat to tax cars, which make up more than one-third of the goods Japan shipped to the United States last year, as a source of leverage that has brought Japan to the trade negotiating table.”

Ana Swanson, “U.S.-Japan Trade Deal May Be Delayed Over Car Tariffs,” The New York Times online, September 23, 2019

28,462. 9/16/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Monday [9-16-19] that his administration had reached an initial trade agreement with Japan and would announce a deal in the coming weeks. The trade pact, while limited, is expected to increase access for American agricultural products like beef and chicken to the Japanese market. That would provide some relief to farmers who have been hurt by Mr. Trump’s trade war with China. Exact details of the deal have not been released. But people briefed on the negotiations said the pact would lower Japanese tariffs on beef and other American farm products in return for cutting American tariffs on industrial goods like machinery. Unlike most trade deals, the pact is expected to be limited to a few industries. It is not clear how much protection the deal would offer Japan against Mr. Trump’s threats to place tariffs on its cars, a penalty Japan is eager to avoid.”

Ana Swanson and Ben Dooley, “Trump Says U.S. and Japan Have Reached Initial Trade Agreement,” The New York Times online, September 16, 2019

27,900. 8/28/2019

G7/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GOP: ‘Look what [@realDonaldTrump] did with Japan at the G7. This is a huge trade agreement he secured with them— agriculture, beef, bu…” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 28, 2019 9:33 pm

27,845. 8/25/2019

JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: ‘Our relationship with Prime Minister @AbeShinzo and Japan has been, I think, the best it’s ever been.’ —President @realDon…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 1:30 pm

27,802. 8/25/2019

AGRICULTURE/JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Big Trade Deal just agreed to with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. Will be great for our Farmers, Ranchers and more. Really big Corn purchase!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 11:38 am

27,797. 8/25/2019

JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: JUST NOW: President @realDonaldTrump and Prime Minister @AbeShinzo announced a trade deal. ‘This is a tremendous deal for…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 25, 2019 10:25 am

27,368. 8/12/2019

JAPAN/SOUTH KOREA/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “South Korea retaliated against Japan on Monday [8-12-19] in a diplomatic and trade dispute between the two key American allies, deciding to remove its neighbor from its list of countries entitled to preferential treatment in trade. South Korea’s tit-for-tat action had been expected since Japan took a similar action against South Korea on Aug. 2. Still, the move provided Washington with fresh evidence that neither South Korea nor Japan would back down anytime soon, even though President Trump has urged them both to ‘sit down and get along with each other.’ The removal of Japan from South Korea’s ‘white list’ of 29 most-trusted trading partners will take effect in September, said Sung Yun-mo, South Korea’s minister of trade, industry and energy. It was not immediately clear how the tightened export controls South Korea and Japan have introduced against each other would affect bilateral trade, because the measures do not ban certain kinds of trade outright. Rather, they simply give the countries a tool to slow down or stop shipments of sensitive goods.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “South Korea Retaliates Against Japan in Trade and Diplomatic Rift,” The New York Times online, August 12, 2019

26,209. 7/2/2019

IVANKA/JAPAN/TRUMP FAMILY: “RT @IvankaTrump: Thank you Prime Minster Abe for inviting me to address heads of State on the economic + national security imperative of ec…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 4:52 pm

26,205. 7/2/2019

CHINA/ECONOMY/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “A top Chinese leader made an unusually public effort on Tuesday [7-2-19] to ease trade tensions somewhat with the United States, woo foreign investors and reassure his own country’s citizens that their economy remained on track. In meetings during the World Economic Forum in the Chinese port city of Dalian, Premier Li Keqiang, China’s No. 2 official, promised to cut tariffs, loosen limits on foreign investment, protect intellectual property and allow foreign companies to apply for China’s generous subsidies for research and development. He made many of those comments in a rare question-and-answer session in the afternoon with executives from Japan, the United States and other countries. He also said that China would allow foreign financial services companies into its market a year earlier than previously promised, and that it would rewrite many rules on foreign investment.”

Keith Bradsher, “Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier, Reaches Out to Trump and Business,” The New York Times online, July 2, 2019

26,163. 7/1/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan for hosting such a fantastic and well run G-20. There wasn’t a thing that was missing or a mistake that was made. PERFECT! The people of Japan must be very proud of their Prime Minister.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 1, 2019 10:02 am

26,139. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 28, 2019 5:51 pm

26,122. 6/28/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump and China’s leader, Xi Jinping, are expected to try again to resolve their tariff war when they meet in Japan on Saturday [6-29-19]. First, they will need to figure out what to do about Huawei. The Trump administration has squeezed the Chinese technology giant with nearly the full might of the United States government, choking off the firm’s access to vital American suppliers, barring it from the country’s telecom market and filing sweeping criminal charges against it. Though Washington officials say those moves arose from national security concerns and are separate from the trade fight, few expect China to accept a deal to lift punishing tariffs that does not include relief for its biggest, most internationally successful tech firm…Beijing on Thursday [6-27-19] again called on Washington to end its restrictions on Huawei, and Chinese officials have complained about the harm they said the administration’s moves against Chinese firms had done.”

Raymond Zhong, “As Trump and Xi Talk Trade, Huawei Will Loom Large,” The New York Times online, June 28, 2019

26,116. 6/28/2019

DEMS/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 28, 2019 4:26 am

26,113. 6/27/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great to be back in Japan for the #G20OsakaSummit https://t.co/ZUwla1UMAQ

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 27, 2019 7:46 pm

26,102. 6/27/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trump says he expects ‘productive’ talks with Xi Jinping. President Trump voiced optimism on Friday [6-28-19] afternoon about upcoming trade talks with China, saying that his planned meeting on Saturday morning with China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, would be productive. Taking questions during a joint news conference with President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Mr. Trump talked repeatedly about the Xi meeting, while avoiding specific predictions. ‘At a minimum, it will be productive — we’ll see what happens and what comes out of it,’ Mr. Trump said. He denied recent news reports that he had promised not to impose any new tariffs on China in order to arrange his meeting with Mr. Xi on Saturday [6-29-19]. ‘No, I didn’t promise,’ he said. Mr. Trump’s senior aides have just gone through the necessary legal steps for him to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on $300 billion a year worth of American imports from China. But they have not given any timetable for when he might actually do so.”

NYT Staff, “Day 1 of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan,” The New York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,097. 6/27/2019

CHINA/JAPAN/TRADE DEALS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The fate of a yearlong trade war will reach a pivotal moment this weekend as President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China meet in Japan. But while both leaders appear open to a truce, they have hardened their positions ahead of the talks, leaving it unclear how the United States and China will resolve the tensions that have thrust the world’s two largest economies into conflict. Both leaders have an incentive to avoid a further escalation of a trade war that has battered companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific. The global economy is weakening as a result of the trade war, with China and America feeling the effects, putting Mr. Trump’s re-election and Mr. Xi’s popularity at risk. But neither leader wants to be seen as capitulating or agreeing to concessions that could give them less leverage once trade talks resume…The United States and China appeared to be on the cusp of a trade agreement in April, only to have negotiations collapse in early May after the Chinese government rejected some of the Trump administration’s demands. Tensions have only escalated since, with both sides ratcheting up tit-for-tat punishment, creating even more issues to resolve.”

Ana Swanson and Keith Bradsher, “U.S. and China Angle for Trade Truce, but Both Insist the Other Will Back Down,” The new York Times online, June 27, 2019

26,069. 6/26/2019

G20/JAPAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just departed for the #G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan!🇺🇸🇯🇵 https://t.co/IdAYUOiWqf 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 2:13 pm

26,055. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [6-26-19] played down the importance of securing a trade deal with China as he prepared to meet with its president, Xi Jinping, saying he was ready to proceed with additional tariffs if negotiations between the countries failed to get back on track. Mr. Trump said it was ‘possible’ that a deal could ultimately be reached and that China was eager for an agreement. But he said he was prepared to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese products, on top of the 25 percent tax already in place on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Mr. Trump also indicated he might limit the next round of tariffs to just 10 percent…Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi are scheduled to discuss the trade tensions on Saturday at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. But while both the United States and China are feeling the burden of a bruising trade war, there appears to be little chance of a quick resolution to an economic conflict that has beaten down companies and consumers on both sides of the Pacific.”

Ana Swanson and Adam Satariano, “‘My Plan B Is Maybe My Plan A’: Trump Threatens New Tariffs on China,” The New York Times online, June 26, 2019

26,053. 6/26/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trade wars — and the prospect of actual war — will dominate President Donald Trump’s agenda as he touches down here in Osaka, Japan, Thursday [6-27-19] for a highly consequential meeting of world leaders. It’s a sign of Trump’s continued capacity to mold the world agenda that this year’s G20 summit represents a confluence of global crises that are all, to some measure, manufactured by him. Markets are poised to react to the outcome of Trump’s long-awaited trade talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. A tense situation in the Middle East grows ever more so as Trump plans to huddle with peers from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Germany. And stalled diplomacy with North Korea will be tested as South Korean officials say they are preparing for the President to visit the Demilitarized Zone. All are matters unlikely to be brought to easy resolution when Trump meets with his fellow global leaders in Japan. Air Force One touched down at the Osaka International Airport around 5:40 a.m. ET (6:40 p.m. local) after a roughly 15-hour journey from Washington.”

Kevin Liptak, “Trump faces trade war negotiations during consequential G20 meetings,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 6:40 am

26,008. 6/25/2019

CHINA/G20/JAPAN/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are both facing intense domestic pressure to de-escalate the trade war between their countries as they prepare to meet on Saturday [6-29-19] in Japan. Trump needs China to make vast structural changes to its economy while also buying more U.S. farm and manufactured goods. Xi needs Trump to lift the tariffs he has put on Chinese imports. With the economic strain mounting on both sides, the two are widely expected to use the G-20 summit in Osaka as an opportunity to start talking again after negotiations broke off abruptly in May. In one sign of a thaw, Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone on Monday [6-24-19]. Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to meet with their Chinese counterparts in Osaka before Trump and Xi meet…In a briefing call with reporters on Monday, a senior administration official said Trump is ‘comfortable with any outcome’ of the meeting with Xi because the U.S. is in a strong position. But Trump’s trade war is facing mounting criticism at home. The U.S. government has collected billions of dollars of additional tariff revenue, but that barely has made a dent in the nation’s skyrocketing budget deficit as a result of Trump’s tax cuts and increased federal spending.” 

Doug Palmer, “Trump and Xi to meet as trade war damage grows,” Politico, June 25, 2019 11:15 am

25,997. 6/25/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/JAPAN/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The next Trump-Putin meeting in Osaka, Japan is only days away, but the White House is maintaining radio silence about what it hopes to achieve there. Meanwhile, three senior voices with experience of dealing with Russia, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and, reportedly, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, are all on their way out. These developments are not linked, but they tell us a lot about how Russia policy actually works in the Trump administration. The conventional wisdom has long held that Trump’s bizarre brand of Russian policy (which he invariably describes as ‘getting along with Russia’) doesn’t matter all that much because the rest of the U.S. government is taking a tougher line on the Kremlin’s misbehavior. When it comes to sanctions, military cooperation with Ukraine, or cyber operations against Russian critical infrastructure, this argument goes, largely sensible day-to-day decisions are being made.”

Andrew Weiss, “Trump’s Confused Russia Policy Is a Boon for Putin,” Politico, June 25, 2019