Japan is hoping to win concessions on threatened US auto tariffs, which could be detrimental to the industry if they come about. Meanwhile Japan's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter
The world's largest free trade agreement — one between the EU and Japan — is expected to go into force in February. Nearly all duties will be removed.
Japan's new €215 billion defense plan calls for two helicopter carriers to be converted to carry stealth fighters. Pressures from China, the US, and North Korea are driving the move.
Journalist Yasuda was released in early November after being held by Syrian Islamists for 40 months. Upon his return to Japan, he was slammed by some sections of Japanese society. Yasuda spoke to DW about his ordeal.
Drug-related violence, White House rhetoric and the "migrant caravan" have brought US-Mexican relations to a low point. The new president has a radical socialist vision for Mexico, but enacting it will be another story.
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