Joint Statement of the United States and Japan on New Trade Agreement   

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New York, NY…We, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, confirm and welcome final agreement on the United States-Japan Trade Agreement and the United States-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. We share the desire that these agreements will be signed at the earliest possible date and enter into force in the very near future, following […]

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2nd STREET USA   

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2nd STREET is the best place to find one of a kind second-hand clothing in premium condition in Japan and United States. Unique items that can’t be found just anywhere.
          

Donald Trump hails victory for American farmers as US and Japan sign limited trade deal   

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The United States and Japan signed a limited trade agreement Monday, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when US President Donald Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.US farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which had been negotiated by the Obama administration.The other 11 Pacific Rim countries, including big farm producers such as New Zealand and Canada…
          

How Chinese gangs are scamming Japan’s Olympics ticketing system for major profits   

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A loophole in security measures designed to prevent illegal reselling of tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games is allegedly being exploited by Chinese criminal gangs cashing in on sky-high demand among mainland residents.According to Japanese media, the gangs employ hundreds of Chinese living in Japan to buy tickets from registered ticket vendors then resell them at up to 10 times the price to rich Chinese desperate to see a slice of the action.They are easily able to get around measures…
          

Chanoyu Way of Tea by Merlin   

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The Way of the Tea, or Chanoyu, has been a tradition in Japan since the 15th Century. It is a cultural activity influenced by Zen Buddhism involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of powdered green tea. The tea is first prepared by the host in the mizuya or preparation room then presented to the guests in the tea room.

A traditional set for Poser and DAZ Studio, designed to compliment my Oriental Garden Sets, the tea house features a highly detailed interior and exterior with opaque sliding doors. The entire back wall is removable for access into the preparation room and the sliding doors can be opened for access into the tea room. DS Mats are also included.

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GOP Senators Unnerved and ‘Concerned’ About ‘Betrayal’ of Kurds in Syria   

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GOP Senators Unnerved and ‘Concerned’ About ‘Betrayal’ of Kurds in SyriaBRENDAN SMIALOWSKIPresident Donald Trump’s decision to pave the way for a Turkish invasion of northern Syria at the expense of Kurdish allies in the region has infuriated Republican allies in the Senate who have spent the last two weeks twisting themselves in knots to defend him from an impeachment inquiry. Late on Sunday, the White House released a one-paragraph statement declaring that a Turkish invasion of northern Syria was imminent, and the United States would “not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area.” For Kurds in the region—who have been fighting ISIS with U.S.-supplied weapons and are largely considered the strongest fighting force in Syria—the declaration amounts to an abrogration of agreements with the United States to defend them against Turkey, which considers them to be terrorists. In June, Trump himself warned that abandoning the alliance would allow Turkey to “wipe out the Kurds, who helped us with ISIS.”Trump’s Crazy Syria Move Will Wipe Out America’s Allies and Set Up a Big ISIS ComebackThe backlash from his Republican allies was swift.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), led the way on Monday morning, with the South Carolina senator calling the move “shortsighted and irresponsible” on Fox & Friends, a show that effectively serves as a televised presidential daily brief for Trump.“This impulsive decision by the president has undone all the gains we’ve made, thrown the region into further chaos, Iran is licking their chops, and if I’m an ISIS fighter, I’ve got a second lease on life,” Graham said. “I will do everything I can to sanction Turkey’s military and their economy if they step one foot into Syria. I hope I’m making myself clear how shortsighted and irresponsible this decision is.”Graham even referenced the House’s impeachment inquiry, unprompted, before adding that while “I’ve tried to help him,” the president’s behavior was “just unnerving to its core.”Graham, who has spent years trying to steer Trump closer to the hawkish foreign policy stances held by his Republican predecessors, opened the floodgates for Republicans who see Trump’s move as a threat to a critical U.S. ally in the region, and a potentially disastrous embrace of an autocratic regime.Indeed, Monday saw widespread pushback from around the Senate GOP, from lawmakers who’ve cozied up to Trump to those who have been more willing to call him out. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Trump ally who has nudged him toward more hawkish positions on Venezuela and Iran policy, called the decision “a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said that he was “deeply concerned” that the decision could leave Kurds who risked their lives to fight ISIS in harm’s way.And Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), probably Trump’s most vocal Senate GOP critic, characterized the pullout as “a betrayal” that “presages another humanitarian disaster” in Syria. Romney went so far as to join Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) to demand that administration officials explain their move to lawmakers and the public. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), meanwhile, has toned down his Trump criticism lately but warned that the retreat would “likely result in the slaughter of allies who fought with us, including women and children.” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) managed to subtweet the president, calling Trump’s move “a terribly unwise decision” moments after the president described his wisdom on the matter as “great and unmatched.”Even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a rare rebuke of the president whom he has pledged to protect from removal from office, pleaded with Trump to maintain an American presence in the region and to prevent Turkey from invading.“I urge the president to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners,” McConnell said in a statement. Major new conflict between Turkey and our partners in Syria, McConnell said, “would seriously risk damaging Turkey’s ties to the United States and causing greater isolation for Turkey on the world stage.”Among Trump’s allies seeking to thread the needle between opposing the withdrawal and ensuring that the president didn’t feel attacked was Sen. Ted Cruz, who tweeted that while Trump was “right to want to bring our soldiers home,” it would be “DISGRACEFUL” (capital letters Cruz’s) to allow Turkey to attack Kurdish allies in the region.“Our enemies and rivals (Iran, Russia, etc.) don’t abandon their allies,” Cruz said. “If we want allies to stand with America in the future, we shouldn’t either. Honorable nations stand by their friends.”Seemingly alone among Senate Republicans in supporting the withdrawal was Sen. Rand Paul, who is perhaps the biggest cheerleader of Trump’s isolationist instincts. The Kentucky senator told reporters that he stands with Trump “as he once again fulfills his promises to stop our endless wars and have a true America First foreign policy.”Other Senate Republicans have remained tight-lipped on the president’s decision, perhaps praying that Trump will reverse course on the withdrawal—as he did in December 2018, after sharp rebukes from within the party and the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis halted a hastily announced drawdown of U.S. troops from Syria.Asked during an event celebrating a trade agreement with Japan on Monday afternoon about whether he had consulted with the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the decision, Trump insisted that he had.“I consulted with everybody,” Trump said.Additional reporting: Sam Brodey Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals   

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U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won’t impose tariffs on auto imports.The accords on agriculture and digital trade cover about $55 billion worth of commerce between the world’s largest- and third-biggest economies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a ceremony in the Oval Office alongside Trump.The accord is a “game changer for our farmers” and ranchers, Trump said at the event.The goal is for the accord to take effect Jan. 1.Trump, who faces re-election next year, was eager to make a deal with Japan to appease U.S. farmers who have been largely shut out of the Chinese market as a result of his trade war with Beijing. American agricultural producers, also reeling from bad weather and low commodity prices, are a core component of Trump’s political base.Under the deal, Japan will lower or reduce tariffs on some $7.2 billion of American-grown farming products, including beef and pork.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priority was to win a pledge that the U.S. won’t slap tariffs on Japanese automobile exports, a sector valued at about $50 billion a year and a cornerstone of the country’s economy.Read more: Click here for the most recent research from Bloomberg EconomicsThe written text of the deal doesn’t explicitly cover auto tariffs, but Abe has said he received assurances that Japan would be spared from them.The proposed pact won’t lower the barriers protecting Japan’s rice farmers -- a powerful group supporting Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This could help the prime minster smooth the deal’s course through parliament, where it must be ratified before coming into effect.The U.S. has said this agreement -- which was signed in principle on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month -- is just the first phase of a broader agreement.To contact the reporters on this story: Justin Sink in Washington at jsink1@bloomberg.net;Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at jdlouhy1@bloomberg.net;Brendan Murray in London at brmurray@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at mcollins45@bloomberg.net, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

framework #689: 2019.10.06 [thomas martin nutt]   

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framework:afield produced with recordings from kyushu, japan by thomas martin nutt. for more info see www.thomasmartinnutt.com.
          

Asian shares inch up in cautious mood over trade, lira stumbles   

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Asian shares inch up in cautious mood over trade, lira stumblesAsian shares inched up in early trade on Tuesday, with investors cautious ahead of tense U.S.-China trade talks while the Turkish lira slipped over concerns about Ankara's planned incursion in northern Syria. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was up 0.13% while Japan's Nikkei <.N225> rose 0.53%. Chinese markets will reopen after a one-week holiday.



          

U.S.-Japan trade deal aims to put U.S. farmers on par with Trans-Pacific trade pact competitors   

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U.S.-Japan trade deal aims to put U.S. farmers on par with Trans-Pacific trade pact competitorsThe new U.S.-Japan trade deal will provide staged reduction of Japanese tariffs for more than $2 billion (1.63 billion pounds) worth of U.S. beef and pork, matching access now granted to the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact countries, a text of the agreement shows. U.S. President Donald Trump presided over a White House signing ceremony on Monday for the final text of the limited bilateral trade pact, more then 2-1/2 years after he pulled the United States out of the much broader TPP. The move left U.S. farmers and food producers at a disadvantage in the Japanese market to competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and the U.S.-Japan deal aims to even that playing field by cutting Japanese tariffs on many of those products.



          

Re: Your latest retro purchase   

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I bought the Japan import of F-ZERO GX for nintendo gamecube it's very bad compare to the European release i'd advise people not to buy it..


          

SARAH VINE: Is it just me? Or do you love a baby on a plane, too?    

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SARAH VINE: I'm not easily offended, but some things - such as not being able to take my dogs into the Post Office (why?) - irritate me. Take this new initiative from Japan Airlines.
          

Judge rejects Trump's presidential immunity claim to keep 8 years of taxes secret   

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A U.S. District Judge emphatically rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's attempt to keep his financial records under wraps, calling the president's broad claim of immunity from all criminal proceedings "extraordinary" and "an overreach of executive power" at odds with the Constitution.


          

Townsend surprised by ‘incredible’ scrum call which could affect Scotland hopes   

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The Dark Blues are battling against Japan and Ireland for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
          

President Trump answers questions about Syria, Turkey   

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President Donald Trump answers questions at the signing of a U.S.-Japan trade deal about his decision to exit Northern Syria, opening the area to a Turkish attack.
          

President Trump: Good possibility of a trade deal with China but much prefer 'big deal'   

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President Donald Trump answers reporters' questions about China trade, Hong Kong and more from the Roosevelt room at the White House while signing the U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
          

US-Japan trade deal gives Japan confidence it will grow with the US, entrepreneur says   

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Casey Wahl, CEO of Attuned, joins "The Exchange" to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
          

NJPW “New Japan Road – Day 3” Results – October 7, 2019 – Tokyo, Japan   

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1. Six-Man Tag Team Match Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuya Uemura defeated Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, and Yota Tsuji 2. Shingo Takagi defeated Toa Henare 3. Minoru Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask IV (via disqualification) 4. Eight-Man Tag Team Match Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, YOH, and SHO defeated […]
          

NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN - Russian News at 20:00 (JST), October 07    

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Royal diary: upcoming royal engagements 7th-13th October   

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Following the Rugby World cup, Princess Anne is heading out to Japan with some extraordinarily busy days scheduled – on 12th, she has six events alone! The Queen also steps…
          

Japanese Slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo To Be Posted   

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Japan’s Yokohama DeNA BayStars announced today that they intend to make star corner outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo available through the NPB-MLB posting system. Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times was among those to cover the news via Twitter. Once he’s formally posted, which will occur between November 1st and December 5th, Tsutsugo will have thirty days…
          

U.S.-Japan trade deal versus TPP: where it falls short, where it exceeds   

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called his new trade deal with Japan "a game changer for our farmers and our

          

U.S.-Japan trade deal aims to put U.S. farmers on par with Trans-Pacific trade pact competitors   

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The new U.S.-Japan trade deal will provide staged reduction of Japanese tariffs for more than $2 billion worth of U.S. beef and pork, matching access now granted to the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact countries, a text of the agreement shows.

          

Townsend surprised by ‘incredible’ scrum call which could affect Scotland hopes   

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The Dark Blues are battling against Japan and Ireland for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
          

U.S. signs limited deal with Japan on ag, digital trade   

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement Monday with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.

U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which had been negotiated by the Obama administration. The other 11 Pacific Rim countries, including big farm producers such as New Zealand and Canada, went ahead without the United States and were enjoying preferential treatment in Japan.

The Washington wheat industry welcomed the agreement when it was first announced last month. Japan traditionally has been among the biggest importers of the region’s wheat.

“The main thing is it gets us to an equal footing with our competitors as far as a price standpoint. This is just great news,” Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, said at the time.

Trump earlier had put Washington wheat markets in jeopardy when he decided in 2017 to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which put U.S. wheat farmers at a graduating trade disadvantage to both Canada and Australia.

While rewarding American farmers, the new U.S.-Japan mini-deal does not resolve differences over trade in autos. Trump has said the two countries continue to work on a more comprehensive agreement.

Trump has threatened to impose import taxes on foreign autos, claiming they pose a threat to U.S. national security. At the U.N. general assembly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that Trump had assured him that a previous agreement to spare Japan from new auto tariffs still stood.

But Japanese automakers were disappointed that the United States kept existing auto tariffs at 2.5%.

The limited trade pact also includes market-opening commitments on $40 billion worth of digital trade between the two countries.

Trump has long complained by America’s large trade deficit with Japan, which came to $58 billion last year. Japan is the world’s third-biggest economy behind the United States and China.

The president was set to sign the deal at the White House Monday afternoon.

The news might sound familiar. The deal was first announced at the August Group of 7 summit in Biarritz, France. At the UN gathering last month, the two countries signed an agreement-in-principle. On Monday, Trump was scheduled to sign the final text.


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