The chairman of Nippon Keidanren secretly met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, touching off speculation that he tried to sound out ways to soothe chilly relations between the two nations resulting from the Prime Minister's repeated visits to Yasukuni Shrine.
China's trade surplus in 2005 expanded three times that of the previous year to more than 100 billion dollars, which is expected to invite further pressure from the United States and other trade partners for revaluation of the yuan.
Sojitz officials say the latest deal was motivated and accelerated by the moves of China, which virtually monopolizes the world rare earth marklet but has recently restricted exports.
the latest deal は日本の商社双日が豪国からレアアースの買い付けの契約を結んだことです。日本の需要の30％を確保することが期待されています。
The number of Chinese travelors to Japan dropped for the first time in 9 months in September, which the Toursim Agency attributes to a ship collision incident near the Senklaku Islands in the East China Sea.
The export value of the Japanese alcoholic beverage 'sake' exceeded five billion yen in fiscal 2005 assisted by increased popularity overseas of Japanese delicacies such as 'sushi' and 'tempra.'