Postcard from a Japanese steel town

Aug 1, 2018
The city of Kamaishi is the birthplace of the modern Japanese steel industry, but that hasn't shielded it from change.
The Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal plant in Kamaishi, Japan.
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Mnuchin urges trading partners to drop “non-tariff barriers”

Jul 23, 2018
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. is ready to negotiate with China, the EU, and Japan on trade. But at the conclusion of a G-20 finance leaders meeting in Argentina this weekend, Mnuchin said our trading partners would have to remove tariffs on U.S. goods — and get rid of “non-tariff barriers” on U.S. […]
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U.S. risks isolation as other countries sign trade pacts

Jul 17, 2018
Tuesday in Tokyo, the European Union and Japan inked a fresh trade pact that will eliminate most of the tariffs between them. The EU has been a busy bee on the trade front. It recently agreed to a new deal with Mexico, and a new one with Canada is now up and running. It’s in […]

A fundamentally different American economy?

Apr 20, 2018
Also, the president seems determined to stick with bilateral trade deals.
President Donald Trump speaks to autoworkers at the American Center for Mobility in 2017 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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U.S. companies line up to be excluded from steel and aluminum tariffs

Apr 17, 2018
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is in Florida to discuss trade issues with President Donald Trump. One issue on the table: Japan’s desire to be excluded from steel and aluminum tariffs that went into effect last month. Other key U.S. allies, including Australia, Canada, the European Union and Mexico have been granted exemptions. Plenty of […]

Nuclear threats, financial risks and trade agreement breakdowns — what's ahead for 2018

Jan 1, 2018
Here are some of the trends identified in the Stratfor Worldview's annual forecast.
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Are military contracts a path to more American jobs?

Nov 6, 2017
President Donald Trump prides himself on being deal-maker-in-chief, and that includes arms sales to foreign militaries. In Japan for his Asia trip, the president said the Japanese could shoot North Korean missiles out of the sky when they buy “lots of additional military equipment” from the U.S. He also said that would mean lots of […]

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With North Korea looming, Japan heads to the polls

Oct 20, 2017
Japan is holding a snap election on Sunday. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is widely expected to retain power, with his party maybe losing a few seats from its huge majority. In many ways, the election is a referendum on the prime minister’s economic reforms, known as Abenomics. It’s also a vote about national security. Click the […]

Is your car at risk from Kobe Steel's potentially sub-par aluminum?

Oct 10, 2017
Kobe Steel in Japan has admitted that some of its employees falsified strength data of some of its rolled aluminum. That metal is used in a lot of things worldwide, like cars, planes and trains. Investigations are underway, but what will the consequences be for the company and the wider Japanese manufacturing sector? Click the […]

How countries have tried to retaliate against North Korea

Aug 7, 2017
Over the weekend, the U.N. decided to sanction North Korea in a move backed by China.
U.N. Security Council members vote on a U.S.-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea. 
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