Two countries, two red and white flags, one trade deal?
News On Japan via changinggears.info -- Mar 27
"I don't even know what street Canada is on," Al Capone once said. But Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, is determined to make sure he puts Canada on the map with one key global power: Japan.
If he accomplishes his goal, it could have ramifications for the automobile industry, agriculture and the Midwest in general.
Harper opened negotiations this weekend with Japan on a free trade agreement.
Negotiators were careful to caution against any quick resolution, because it can take years to negotiate such deals, and Japan isn't known for speedy decision making.
But, a Canada-Japan trade agreement would join one between Japan and Mexico - and leave the United States as the only North American country without one.
There are some big trade numbers involved. Canada ships $4.6 billion in goods each year to Japan, and imports $12.8 billion, largely in automobiles and auto parts.
Singaporean chef Li Kwok Wing has trumped nine other chefs from around the world to clinch the gold medal in the finals of the inaugural Washoku World Challenge held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Straits Times )
Tokyo Metropolitan Police in November announced the bust of a studio for allowing photography of school girls in seductive poses. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 19), the trade in illicit private photography is varied, with office ladies among those in the biz. (Tokyo Reporter)
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested four individuals in Ebina, in connection with a robbery case in which a pregnant woman on her way home was struck in the face and robbed of approximately 100,000 yen in cash. (Japan Today )