Japan http://kunc.org en Colorado Farmers Told To Sit Tight For Final Trade Deal http://kunc.org/post/colorado-farmers-told-sit-tight-final-trade-deal <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is telling farmers to be patient while his office hammers out a major trade deal with a group of Asian countries, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 54475 at http://kunc.org Colorado Farmers Told To Sit Tight For Final Trade Deal Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky http://kunc.org/post/soon-be-big-japan-jim-beams-roots-stay-kentucky In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.<p>Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.<p>For more than a century, Suntory has been in the beer and spirits industry in Japan, but what many Americans think of when they hear the name is the scene from the 2003 film <em>Lost in Translation</em>, in which Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 53450 at http://kunc.org Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese http://kunc.org/post/japans-state-secrets-law-hailed-us-denounced-japanese Earlier in December, the normally sedate Japanese Parliament disintegrated into chaos. Opposition party members screamed, pounded the speaker's desk and flapped papers in his face — but all in vain.<p>In a shocking display of brute force, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party, railroaded into law a sweeping, vague and hastily drafted secrets protection bill.<p>The tough new law intended to protect state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:56:00 +0000 Lucy Craft 53170 at http://kunc.org Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond http://kunc.org/post/chinas-military-buildup-reignites-worries-asia-beyond China has been building up its military strength for some time now, and pushing ever farther from its coastline and into international waters. The real concern now is for miscalculation — particularly with Japan — that ends up in gunfire.<p>Just six months ago, the Pentagon released its annual report on China's military. Its defense budget was growing. The country was building more stealthy aircraft and submarines. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 52586 at http://kunc.org China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond Japan-Based Firms Will Plead Guilty To Price-Fixing Auto Parts http://kunc.org/post/japan-based-firms-will-plead-guilty-price-fixing-auto-parts Nine Japan-based firms and two of its executives have agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of 30 products sold to U.S. car manufacturers, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.<p>The companies and executives have also agreed to pay more than $740 million in criminal fines for their role in the scheme.<p>"These international price-fixing conspiracies affected more than $5 billion in automobile parts sold to U.S. car manufacturers," Attorney General Eric Holder <a href="http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2013/ag-speech-1309261.html">said during a news conference</a>. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:45:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 50079 at http://kunc.org