On Poland, the U.S. puts its money where its mouth is. Polish Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry met in Warsaw to discuss liquefied natural gas supplies, energy infrastructure and the development of nuclear energy. During the visit, Poland’s national gas company, PGNiG, signed a 24-year agreement with a Texas firm for the supply of natural gas that will begin next year, three years before the expiration of a supply contract with Russia’s Gazprom. PGNiG also recently signed a 20-year agreement with a second U.S. company that will provide 2 million tons of liquefied natural gas annually. Poland, which currently relies on Russia for two-thirds of its natural gas, has made diversifying its energy suppliers a priority.
Backlash to foreign labor in Japan. The Japanese Cabinet’s most recent plan to employ more foreigners, especially in blue-collar jobs, is already facing opposition. Critics say the proposal will lower wages and threaten nationa