Abe, Macron To Cooperate At G20 Summit

Abe, Macron to cooperate at G20 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron say they will work closely together to send strong messages on major issues at the summit of the Group of 20 economies.

Abe met Macron at the prime minister's office in Tokyo for about 90 minutes on Wednesday, two days before the G20 summit opens in Osaka. The French president is visiting Japan for the first time since taking office.

Abe, Macron Affirm Their Cooperation Ahead Of G20

Abe, Macron affirm their cooperation ahead of G20

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron have affirmed that they will work closely together on major topics of the Group of 20 economies such as free trade and climate change. They also say they will cooperate in promoting security.

Abe and Macron met for about 90 minutes in Tokyo on Wednesday, two days before the G20 summit begins in Osaka. Macron is making his first visit to Japan since taking office. This is their seventh meeting.

Osaka Residents' Lives Affected By G20 Summit

Osaka residents' lives affected by G20 summit

The upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka City, western Japan, is affecting the lives of people living near the venue.

The summit will be held on Friday and Saturday on a manmade island called Sakishima.

Security Tightened In Osaka Ahead Of G20 Summit

Security tightened in Osaka ahead of G20 summit

Railway operators in western Japan have stepped up security at train stations ahead of the upcoming Group of 20 summit in Osaka.

Coin-operated lockers and trash cans were shut down at major stations in Osaka Prefecture on Monday -- four days before the start of the meeting.

Suga Vows To Increase G20 Security

Suga vows to increase G20 security

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has pledged to step up security measures ahead of the Group of 20 summit next week, following an alleged attack on a police officer in Osaka in which his loaded gun was stolen.

Suga said on Monday that the serious incident has created fear among both residents of the area and others. He added that investigators are working to determine the motive and background of the crime.

G20 Ministers Discuss Environment And Energy

G20 ministers discuss environment and energy

Energy and environment ministers from the Group of 20 nations began two-day talks in central Japan on Saturday.

The meeting in the town of Karuizawa is being chaired by Japan's industry minister Hiroshige Seko and Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada.

Kono: G20 To Discuss Liberal International Order

Kono: G20 to discuss liberal international order

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says maintaining the liberal international order will be at the top of the agenda for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka next month.

Kono spoke in Paris on Thursday at a meeting of business leaders and government officials from OECD member nations.

Abe Vows To Seek Wto Reforms At G20 Osaka Summit

Abe vows to seek WTO reforms at G20 Osaka summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will raise the issue of reforming the World Trade Organization at the Group of 20 nations summit in Osaka in June.

Abe made the remarks during a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after their meeting in Ottawa on Sunday.

Kono, Wang Agree On Bilateral Ties, G20

Kono, Wang agree on bilateral ties, G20

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi have reaffirmed the need to develop bilateral relations and also work closely together for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June. Chinese President Xi Jinping is to attend the summit.

At talks in Beijing on Monday, Wang said the two countries need to further advance the prospects for developing ties. He expressed hope about taking relations to the next level.

Abe To Propose Talks On Data Governance At G20

Abe to propose talks on data governance at G20

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will propose the creation of a framework for discussing global data governance at the G20 summit to be held in Osaka in June. He also expressed Japan's resolve to work toward reforming the World Trade Organization.

Abe gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Wednesday. This is his first appearance at the annual economic forum in five years.

G-20 Leaders To Issue Antiterrorism Statement

G-20 leaders to issue antiterrorism statementLeaders from the Group of 20 major economies began coordination Sunday to express their condemnation of the Paris attacks and commitment to preventing further terrorism in a separate statement from an overall communique of their annual summit.