Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24. (Pool)
Abe to attend U.N. meeting with eye on improving Seoul, Beijing ties
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York on Sept. 22 to attend a climate summit at the United Nations, but his priority is to repair relations with China and South Korea.
Finance Minister Taro Aso, right, and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference in Washington on April 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Finance gurus from Japan, China and S. Korea to meet ahead of G-20 conference
Finance ministers and central bank governors from Japan, China and South Korea are set to hold their first talks in more than two years.
These salmon were caught in the Kidogawa river on Nov. 17 in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, to check for radioactive substances. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul to review ban on seafood imports from northeastern Japan
SEOUL--South Korea said it will review its prohibition on the import of seafood from northeastern Japan.
Koro Bessho, Japan's ambassador to South Korea, with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, at the Japan-Korea exchange festival in Seoul on Sept. 14 (Toru Higashioka)
S. Korean foreign minister makes time for Japanese envoy
SEOUL--South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with Japan's ambassador here for the first time and talked about his hope for improved bilateral ties.
Japan Coast Guard officers on Sept. 12 haul in a protester from a canoe off the Henoko district of Nago that is the site for relocating the Futenma military base. (Seinosuke Iwasaki)
Coast Guard continues strong-armed tactics against Okinawa protesters
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Skirmishes have continued between the Japan Coast Guard and anti-military base protesters for one month since the start of a geological study for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
Yukio Edano, new secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
DPJ puts Edano in key post in bid to close ranks
Reduced to a shell of its former self, the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan is seeking to rebuild so it can mount a credible challenge to the Abe administration in the next national election.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Sept. 10. (Provided by the Russian presidential office)
Putin may delay Japan visit over Tokyo's Ukraine sanctions
MOSCOW--President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, Moscow's acting ambassador to Japan was quoted as saying by Russian state media on Sept. 11.
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 9. (AP Photo)
U.S., China security leaders spar over jet maneuvres
BEIJING--Top U.S. and China security officials disagreed this week over what the United States said was China's intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane near the southern island province of Hainan.
Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara announces a new policy at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 8. (Masaru Komiyaji)
Keidanren to resume political donations after 5-year suspension
Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has decided to resume political donations for the first time in five years, effectively providing the Abe administration with financial support from the nation’s largest business lobby.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 3, the day he reshuffled his Cabinet. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Putting more women in his Cabinet boosts Abe's approval rating
The public approval rating for the Abe administration rose markedly after the prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet last week and appointed five women to the lineup.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after their summit meeting in Colombo on Sept. 7. (Shuichi Honda)
Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years
COLOMBO/DHAKA--Shinzo Abe on September 7 became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, on the second leg of a South Asian tour that sought to assert Tokyo's interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Addis Ababa in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
INSIGHT: Abe’s record-setting globe-trotting still excludes China, S. Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s arrival in Sri Lanka on Sept. 7 will set a record for foreign nations visited by a Japanese leader. However, those 49 countries still do not include two of Japan’s closest neighbors: China and South Korea.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with members of his reshuffled Cabinet on Sept. 3.  (Shinichi Iizuka)
5 women in Abe Cabinet approach gender equality from different sides
By appointing five female lawmakers to his reshuffled Cabinet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signaled his hopes that corporate Japan will adopt his policy of putting more women in leadership positions.
Akie Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's First Lady speaks out on sales tax, nuclear power
Japanese First Lady Akie Abe--often called the "household opposition" for her penchant to speak out--said on September 4 the country should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the sales tax to 10 percent, as her husband wrestles with just that decision.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe names Sadakazu Tanigaki as secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 3. (Shogo Koshida)
Abe reshuffles Cabinet, LDP lineup with political stability, China ties in mind
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet and new ruling party lineup reflect a desire to stabilize his political base, repair relations at home and abroad, and prepare for another increase in the sales tax.
A minke whale caught for research purposes is seen in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in April 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan to limit Antarctic whaling program to minke whales
In a bid to restart suspended research hunting, Japan decided on Sept. 2 to limit the target of its Antarctic whaling program to minke whales in accordance with the order handed down by the U.N.’s top court.
Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata of the MSDF receives a report during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Takashi Oshima)
Facing fiscal constraints, U.S. military eyes greater input from SDF
WASHINGTON--Budget constraints facing U.S. forces likely mean that Japan's Self-Defense Forces will shoulder even greater responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region whenever natural disasters strike.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
ANALYSIS: China gets in way of Japan, India agreement
Concerns about China were apparently the major stumbling block in inconclusive summit talks between the leaders of Japan and India in Tokyo on Sept. 1.
Protesters opposed to the restart of idled nuclear reactors gather in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
LDP dismisses idea of using ‘hate speech’ restrictions against anti-nuclear protesters
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party rejected the idea of using “hate speech” regulations to silence anti-nuclear protesters after the suggestion sparked befuddlement and anger among opposition politicians and citizens.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit
Japan and India agreed on Sept. 1 to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.

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