Shinzo Abe

INSIGHT: Former British diplomat concerned over Abe’s war...
Hugh Cortazzi, a former British ambassador to Japan (Photo by Shiho Watanabe)
LONDON--Prince Philip, the future Duke of Edinburgh, was aboard the HMS Whelp at anchor in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945.
China-backed trade pact playing catch-up after U.S.-led TPP deal
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose before their meeting in Xian, Shaanxi province, China, on May 14. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Left outside the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact struck last week, China and India approach this week's talks for a huge Asia-wide equivalent with ...
Ministerial post with long title raises eyebrows within political...
Katsunobu Kato speaks at a news conference on Oct. 7 after he was named a Cabinet minister. (Sayuri Ide)
Katsunobu Kato, a close political ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, must have one of the oddest Cabinet posts ever devised.
POINT OF VIEW/ Hirokazu Ouchi: Specter of 'economic draft' fuels...
Hirokazu Ouchi (Photo by Yuji Moronaga)
Military service in the United States is volunteer-based, but the system is described as an “economic draft” on the basis of the way it is in actuality.
Abe, Taiwan opposition leader deny meeting at Tokyo hotel
Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, receives a warm welcome at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Oct. 6. (Yuichiro Masumitsu)
Rumors have spread that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Taiwanese opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen held informal talks in Tokyo on Oct. 8 in a meeting that could anger China.
Seoul won't discuss emergency evacuation protocols for Japanese
The Asahi Shimbun
SEOUL--South Korea has refused to discuss ways to safely evacuate Japanese from a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, a scenario repeated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he was...
Nuclear opponents in a tizzy over Kono's appointment to Cabinet
Taro Kono speaks at a news conference on Oct. 7. (Photo by Sayuri Ide)
The appointment of maverick lawmaker Taro Kono to a Cabinet post on Oct. 7 had opponents of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nuclear policies wondering if their champion had...
EDITORIAL: Abe's new Cabinet has no time to lose in addressing Diet
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his new Cabinet on Oct. 7 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet on Oct. 7, but retained most key members.
Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting at the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Oct. 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration.
Ehime nuclear plant likely to restart soon after committee gives...
The No. 3 reactor of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture in the foreground (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ikata nuclear power plant moved a step closer to restarting after a special committee of the Ehime prefectural assembly gave the go-ahead Oct. 6.
Killing many birds with 1 stone: South Korea's participation in...
A new partnership is developing in Northeast Asia that sees South Korea developing closer ties with China to counter Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's revisionist policies in Japan.
Japan, France pledge tight cooperation in nuclear and defense
The prime ministers of Japan and France, Shinzo Abe and Manuel Valls, at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Oct. 5 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Japan and France agreed to bolster their cooperation in the fields of nuclear and defense technology at a meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 5.
China nominates documents on Nanking Massacre, 'comfort women' for ...
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (from the ministry's website) and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China ignored repeated pleas from Japan and nominated two symbols of the brutalities of World War II to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Protests continue against Abe administration policies
Participants make their position clear at a protest gathering held Oct. 2 in Tokyo's Hibiya Park. (Wataru Sekita)
Protesters rallied in a central Tokyo park Oct. 2 to express opposition to policies pushed by the Abe administration.
INSIGHT: Abe administration ‘running wild’ over opposing voices
Stage actors and actresses mount a silent protest against security bills in Kyoto on Sept. 16 in response to calls from “the association of actors and people of dramatic expressions opposed to the security legislation and the Abe administration’s wild run.” (Naho Sotome)
Protesters mounted desperate demonstrations day after day, but the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stuck to its plan, and new national security legislation was...
Despite more doubts about GDP target, Abe remains upbeat
Akio Mimura, chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The chief of a major business lobby joined the list of skeptics who say the government’s economic growth target is a pipe dream, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remained...
New defense agency to front Abe's security policy
Tanks used by the Self-Defense Forces are displayed during a parade in Hokkaido in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry established an agency Oct. 1 to promote weapons development, along with procurement and exports, as part of Japan's new security policy.
Abe: Japan must put its own house in order before accepting...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a news conference in New York on Sept. 29 (Shinichi Iizuka)
NEW YORK--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan needs to attend to its own demographic challenges posed by falling birthrates and an aging population before opening its doors to ...
EDITORIAL: Japan must have political will to address refugee crisis
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 29. (Shinichi Iizuka)
As it tries to respond to the unfolding refugee crisis, Japan needs to overcome its traditional reluctance to accept outsiders and consider seriously how to open its door and...
VOX POPULI: Abe's senseless sloganeering has a wartime vibe
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains his new goals including "ichioku so katsuyaku" at a news conference Sept. 24 (Makiko Ikenaga)
I do not want to use the Japanese expression "iwakan" if I can help it. A Japanese dictionary defines it as "an unpleasant or uncomfortable feeling you can't quite put your...