Shinzo Abe

EDITORIAL: New Tokyo-Seoul talks should lead to serious efforts to ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, meets with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Senior diplomats of Japan and South Korea held talks in Seoul on April 16 in a fresh effort to settle the thorny issue of “comfort women.”
'Comfort women' issue again open for discussion between Japan,...
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, is swarmed by reporters in Seoul on April 16 after his meeting with Lee Sang-deok, the director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, to discuss the "comfort women" issue. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--Japan and South Korea moved to ease the deep chill in their relations by holding talks here April 16 on the "comfort women" issue and agreeing to another meeting on the...
Beijing invites Tokyo governor for first time in 18 years
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua during their meeting in Tokyo on March 28 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With Japan’s capital now in a post-Shintaro Ishihara period, the city of Beijing for the first time in 18 years has invited Tokyo’s governor to visit the Chinese capital.
Koizumi, Hosokawa team up again to start anti-nuclear body
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, right, gives a speech to support Morihiro Hosokawa, another former prime minister, during campaigning Jan. 23 in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward for the Tokyo governor's election. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Undeterred by a crushing election defeat, former Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa plan to set up an organization to abolish nuclear power and oppose...
Confidant of Xi met with Abe in Tokyo to smooth bilateral relations
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A Chinese pro-Japan advocate with close ties to President Xi Jinping secretly met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a weeklong visit to Japan earlier this month in ...
Why did U.S. change its attitude about visits to Yasukuni Shrine?
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine late last year jarred Japan-U.S. relations, Abe administration officials said the criticism from Washington was...
Abe administration steers away from nuclear-free policy
Demonstrators gather near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 11 to protest the Cabinet's approval of the new basic energy plan. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Turning a blind eye to the Fukushima crisis and public outcry over the safety of atomic power, the Abe administration has decided not to pursue a nuclear-free society.
Abe panel considers move that could pave way for SDF to use force...
Ground Self-Defense Forces personnel were deployed in Samawah, Iraq, from 2003 to 2006 as part of Japan's humanitarian and reconstruction assistance. The dispatch caused a huge controversy because of the country's pacifist Constitution amid pressure on Japan to play a role commensurate with its international standing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A government panel is considering allowing the Self-Defense Forces to not only provide support to multinational forces anywhere in the world, but also to the use of force if...
Lawsuit seeks compensation for mental stress caused by Abe's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he offered prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--A lawsuit filed here seeks compensation for psychological stress caused by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine last December.
Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni ahead of Obama's Japan visit
Yoshitaka Shindo at Yasukuni Shrine on April 12 (Yosuke Fukudome)
Yoshitaka Shindo, the minister for internal affairs and communications, visited Yasukuni Shrine on April 12, apparently timing it so there would be no major backlash for Japan.
Japan walks tightrope with North Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared before an anxious crowd last winter at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The speech, one element of a...
Tokyo, Washington still far apart on TPP as Obama visit looms
State minister Akira Amari talks to reporters April 10 after the conclusion of two days of negotiations with the United States on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Eighteen hours of negotiations over two days has left Japan and the United States no closer to an agreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement.
Japan, United States face off in crucial trade negotiations
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrives for a meeting in Tokyo with economy minister Akira Amari on April 9. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Japan and the United States on April 9 began a round of crucial talks aimed at concluding a trade pact seen as critical to the success of regional negotiations, although...
Abe, Abbott agree to defense technology cooperation
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends a special meeting of the National Security Council in Tokyo on April 7. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott agreed April 7 to start negotiations on a defense equipment and technology tie-up with an eye on countering ...
Japan, Australia agree in principle on EPA
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responds to a question in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on April 6. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Japan and Australia have agreed in principle to an economic partnership agreement (EPA), with Tokyo compromising on tariffs on Australian beef imports and Canberra willing to...
Asahi poll: 63% oppose Abe's attempt to lift ban on collective...
The Asahi Shimbun
More than 60 percent of voters oppose the Abe administration’s plan to lift the nation’s self-imposed ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, according to...
INTERVIEWS: American observers of Japan-U.S. relations divided...
Thomas Berger, an associate professor of international relations at Boston College (Takashi Oshima)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine in late December not only hurt Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors, but also created a widening rift between...
ANALYSIS: Desire to assist U.S. military not based on real-world...
The MSDF Aegis destroyer Kirishima launches a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptor during a test launch in waters near Hawaii. (Provided by the MSDF)
On a real-world level, the push by the Abe administration to allow for the exercise of the right of collective self-defense is based more on emotions than logic.
Lower House votes to export nuclear technology and 'safety myth'
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tokyo on Jan. 7 (Pool)
The Lower House’s vote to approve pacts that allow for the export of Japanese nuclear technology to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates has some lawmakers concerned.
Japan banking on more foreign workers for elderly care,...
A Chinese trainee in Japan washes salmon in Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration has broadened the scope of jobs that it believes must increasingly be filled by foreign nationals as Japan faces a shrinking work force due to the low...