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    Japan’s bid to join negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement may make it easier for the nation to import U.S. liquefied natural gas, a prospect that is raising the hackles of environmental groups. Japan, the world’s largest LNG importer, said March 15 that it wants to be included in the accord, which now encompasses 11 nations in Asia and the Americas. Bringing Japan into a free- trade agreement may boost companies trying to export natural gas from the U.S., according to Randy Bhatia, an analyst with Capital One Southcoast in Houston.

    The Energy Department is reviewing 16 applications to build export terminals to ship supplies to countries that don’t have free-trade agreements with the U.S. Among the companies seeking to export gas are Sempra Energy (SRE) of San Diego and Dominion Resources Inc. (D) of Richmond, Virginia. Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG) has won approval for a facility that would begin exporting in 2015.

    “Japan has been very clear that automatic access to LNG is one of the things they want,” Ilana Solomon, trade representative for the Sierra Club in Washington, an environmental group fighting those exports, said in an interview. Success for Japan would mean “we’ll be paying the price here, with more fracking in our backyards, near our schools, and next to our hospitals -- only to help a handful of big gas companies profit by shipping...


    (Reuters) - Japan's government should steer clear of picking industrial winners and losers and focus on opening the economy to trade and competition as the best way to boost growth, but not all those advising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agree on which strategy to stress, a member of a panel on industrial competitiveness said. "We don't have explicit confrontations and we don't yell at each other in meetings, but I am sure that there are different philosophies about how, and how much, the government should be involved in creating the strategy and reforming particular industries," Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of e-commerce operator Rakuten Inc (4755.OS) told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. Abe is expected to announce as early as this week that Tokyo will seek to join talks on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, despite opposition from Japan's farm lobby and other business sectors which fear fallout from removing tariffs and less visible barriers to trade. His government is also set to unveil a growth and competitiveness strategy in June - the final piece of a policy triad after fiscal spending and hyper-easy monetary policy. Financial markets see joining TPP talks as a harbinger of reforms needed to unlock growth in the long-stagnant economy. Mikitani, a Harvard MBA who founded Amazon rival Rakuten in 1997, said TPP was part of Abe's broader effort to revive growth in...

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    Tokyo, 6 March 2013 - During presentations and site visits today designed to convince members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) why Tokyo should host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 Bid team proved that technical excellence in every aspect of delivery will be fundamental - and guaranteed.

    The IOC Evaluation Commission is in Tokyo for four days of presentations and site visits to enable the delegation to inspect the city's readiness to host the Games.

    Tokyo's presentations to the Evaluation Commission today focused on three themes. During the Accommodation session (Candidature File Theme 12), Bid officials highlighted that 87,000 rooms already exist within just 10 km of the Olympic Village. The presentation on Transport (Theme 13), another one of Tokyo's top strengths, gave Tokyo a chance to remind the IOC of the world-leading, high capacity existing public transportation system. Tokyo plans would deliver safe, quick and reliable transport for everyone. Closing the third day of the delegation's visit to Tokyo, officials shared details of Media Operations (Theme 14). The IBC and the MPC will be co-located at the Tokyo Big Sight in a cluster of 9 competition venues, promising convenience. The Tokyo Big Sight is Japan's largest international convention and exhibition facility and will operate 24 hours per day to serve the media during the Games.

    Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 20...