Shinzo Abe

Abe ‘fighting against time’ to seek release of hostages
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets reporters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan is doing all it can to free two hostages the Islamic State group is threatening to kill within 72 hours, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Jan. 21, vowing never to give in...
EDITORIAL: Islamic State's unconscionable savagery hits Japan
Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, second from right, and other Cabinet members meet on Jan. 20 to discuss how to respond to the Islamic State group that is demanding a ransom for two Japanese hostages. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Islamic State extremist group has unleashed its savagery upon Japanese citizens.
Abe emphasizes commitment to peace at Holocaust museum
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Jan. 19. (Ryota Kyuki)
JERUSALEM--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underlined his commitment to world peace during a visit to the Holocaust museum here, declaring that such atrocities must never happen...
ASAHI POLL: Public skeptical ‘Abenomics’ will benefit cities,...
A shopping street with many shuttered stores in central Shinomoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, located in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's electoral district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A majority of respondents harbor doubts that the government's “Abenomics” policies will spread the economic recovery evenly throughout Japan, according to an Asahi Shimbun...
Japanese, Israeli prime ministers call for closer economic...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference in Jerusalem on Jan. 18. (AP Photo)
JERUSALEM--The leaders of Israel and Japan have called for greater bilateral economic cooperation during a meeting in Jerusalem.
Japan's Abe pledges support for Mideast countries battling Islamic ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab arrive at a joint meeting of the Japan-Egypt business committee in Cairo, Egypt Jan. 17. (AP Photo)
CAIRO--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Jan. 17 that the world would suffer an "immeasurable loss" if terrorism spreads in the Middle East and pledged about $200...
Abe urges Seoul to respect press freedom, let journalist leave...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other government officials meet with members of the South Korea-Japan parliamentarians' league at the prime minister's office on Jan. 15. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Seoul to respect freedom of the press and release a Japanese journalist who has been indicted on charges of defaming South Korean President...
Toyota delivers 1st Mirai fuel-cell sedan for prime minister's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares that "the hydrogen era is finally starting" after he takes delivery of a blue Toyota Mirai sedan to be used as the prime minister's official car. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went for a spin in the first commercially available hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) on Jan. 15 after Toyota Motor Corp. delivered a shiny blue Mirai...
Park says summit with Abe still far from reality, as neighbors...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during her New Year's press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul Jan. 12. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Jan. 12 showed little optimism for a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reiterating that Japan must first make efforts to...
VOX POPULI: Abe appears to be reformist as DPJ leaders battle for...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, together with his mother, Yoko, left, visits the grave of his grandfather and former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi in Shizuoka Prefecture on Jan. 11. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a conservative politician in terms of his mind-set, but his economic policy, known as "Abenomics," cannot be described as conservative.
Japan eyes legal revision to respond to attacks on allies that...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a news conference to announce his decision to approve the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense on July 1, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government is considering revising legislation on dealing with armed attacks that would allow the nation to respond militarily when an attack on another nation...
Japan to move up opening of new bullet train lines in Hokkaido,...
An H5 series Shinkansen train makes a test run on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line in December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration plans to move up the startup schedules for high-speed Shinkansen lines in Hokkaido and Hokuriku by five and three years, respectively, sources said.
Foreign governments focused on details of Abe's war-anniversary...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions from reporters at a news conference on Jan. 5 in Ise, Mie Prefecture. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Foreign governments responded swiftly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provided the first clues about the content of his planned statement this year marking the 70th anniversary ...
National Security Council gradually makes presence felt in first...
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In its first year of existence, Japan’s National Security Council has been described as understaffed and overburdened, even though it has not faced a major crisis that could...
Southern All Stars' 'Kohaku' performance delights left, angers...
Keisuke Kuwata of the Southern All Stars (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Some music listeners offered praise while others expressed outrage over what they felt was a politically charged song performed by a rock legend protesting the rightward stance ...
EDITORIAL: Consensus-building process needed for nuclear policy...
Protesters in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Nov. 7 oppose the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly four years have passed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Abe to follow Murayama statement on historical recognition
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a news conference in Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Jan. 5. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Jan. 5 his planned statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will reflect the stance of the Murayama statement that...
EDITORIAL: Rebuild rule of international law to rescue world order
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The year 2014 has just passed, and it will quite likely go down in history as a year when international order was seriously disturbed.
Abe plans U.S. visit, summit with Obama during Golden Week holidays
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains what his Cabinet plans to do at a news conference held in late December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama during a visit to the United States over the Golden Week national holidays between late April and...
EDITORIAL: Japan should never forget its responsibility for the war
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama issuing the Murayama statement on Aug. 15, 1995, left, dramatist Hisashi Inoue, center, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seven decades have passed since the end of World War II.