Chief negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries effectively ended their Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks on Friday, hailing progress on many issues.
The weeklong round in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, was "successful in identifying creative and pragmatic solutions to many issues and further narrowing the remaining work," the negotiators said in a joint statement.
They will next meet in Washington Sept. 18-21, according to Japanese chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka.
Japan can increase its female workforce by about one million if it takes steps to improve the working environment for women raising children, the government said in its annual economic and fiscal white paper on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health. (The Guardian)
The Supreme Court overturned on Thursday an earlier lower court ruling by lay judges in Japan that sentenced parents accused of abusing and killing their daughter in 2010 to a harsher punishment than demanded by prosecutors. (Kyodo)