Shinzo Abe

Abe's environment, justice ministers connected to questionable...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, and Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa (Asahi Shimbun photos)
Two more members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet have been tied to questionable political donations.
Abe ally raises doubts about Tokyo war crimes trial
Tomomi Inada, policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, raises questions in the Lower House Budget Committee. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A close political ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe questioned the legal basis of the Tokyo tribunal that convicted 25 Japanese military and political leaders of Class-A war...
EDITORIAL: Abe's war statement should reflect Japan's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the first meeting on Feb. 25 of the advisory council of experts on his planned statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (The Asahi Shimbun)
An advisory council of experts on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned statement to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II held its first meeting on Feb....
VOX POPULI: The drumbeat for more aggressive defense posture grows ...
Armed Ground Self-Defense Force members escort Japanese nationals in Thailand during an evacuation drill at Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in central Thailand on Feb. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
According to "Utau Kokumin" (Singing Japanese), a book by Hiroshi Watanabe, a Meiji Era (1868-1912) report on music education for schoolchildren noted that people who were...
Government ID'd Islamic State as hostage taker of Goto earlier...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shows remorse as he speaks to reporters on Jan. 25 after a video message was released claiming that one of the Japanese hostages had been executed. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million (23.6 billion yen) in nonmilitary aid for countries fighting the Islamic State in mid-January, the government likely knew...
Abe to accompany Prince William on tour of disaster-affected...
Prince William and his wife Kate receive a warm welcome in April 2014 from residents of the New Zealand city of Christchurch, which was badly damaged by an earthquake in 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will engage in a bit of public relations when he shepherds Britain’s Prince William on a high-profile tour of areas in Fukushima Prefecture...
Farm minister quits over shady political donations
Koya Nishikawa during a Lower House Budget Committee session on Feb. 23 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Koya Nishikawa resigned Feb. 23 as farm minister over questionable political donations, making him the third Cabinet member in recent months to quit in a money scandal.
EDITORIAL: Abe’s hostile, unseemly heckling in the Diet
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions on Japan’s approach toward the Islamic State extremist group from Akira Koike, a member of the Japanese Communist Party, at an Upper House Budget Committee session on Feb. 3. (Shogo Koshida)
Some irregular remarks were made at a recent session of the Lower House Budget Committee that left us wondering if we heard them right.
Abe confidants among the 16 tabbed for 'balanced' panel on war...
The Asahi Shimbun
A wide-ranging mix of experts, from those close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to media representatives, will constitute a 16-member advisory panel on the Japanese leader's...
Abe: Gay marriage not an option under the Constitution
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a Lower House plenary session on Feb. 16 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Responding to growing calls to protect the rights of sexual minorities, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said same-sex marriages were never considered by the Constitution and that it...
EDITORIAL: Opposition must push Diet debate in postwar landmark...
Katsuya Okada, president of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, right, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a Lower House session on Feb. 16 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ongoing debate in the Diet inevitably turns our attention to the significance of Japan’s 70 post-World War II years.
BOJ says economy on mend, keeps ultra-loose monetary policy
BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank pointed to signs of improvement in the world's No. 3 economy after ending a policy meeting Feb. 18 with no change to its ultra-loose monetary stance.
Toshihiro Nikai a man to watch: Influential LDP politician has...
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--Toshihiro Nikai, a top executive in the ruling party, has so much political clout he was recently able to pull off something that has eluded even Prime Minister Shinzo...
Chinese envoy calls on Abe to respect Murayama statement
Cheng Yonghua, Chinese ambassador to Japan, during an interview in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China’s ambassador to Japan on Feb. 12 urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to respect the tenor of the 1995 Murayama statement that apologized for Japan’s “aggression”...
EDITORIAL: Abe’s ‘drastic reform’ agenda leaves many...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech in the Lower House on Feb. 12. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 12 delivered a fairly passionate policy speech at the Diet stressing his commitment to reform.
EDITORIAL: 'Development cooperation charter' could transform...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a Cabinet meeting on Feb. 10. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The Abe Cabinet on Feb. 10 approved a new “development cooperation charter” to replace the official development assistance charter that used to provide the guidelines for...
Japan, Mongolia ink trade pact that may increase car exports
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shakes hands with Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Feb. 10. (Hikaru Uchida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan and Mongolia signed a free trade agreement Feb. 10 that is expected to open the landlocked frontier market to more Japanese auto exports and strengthen Tokyo's leverage...
Cabinet OKs charter permitting noncombat assistance to foreign...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a Cabinet meeting on Feb. 10 (Shinichi Iizuka)
The Abe Cabinet on Feb. 10 approved a new “development cooperation charter” that will allow Japan to extend economic assistance to foreign militaries for the first time.
Media under fire for lack of critical coverage since hostage crisis
Shigeaki Koga, a former economy ministry bureaucrat, cautions against media self-restraint at a Tokyo news conference on Feb. 9. (Yusuke Saito)
The Japanese media was slapped from within its ranks by journalists, writers and scholars who accused it being soft in its coverage of the Abe administration since the hostage...
Events held around Japan to remember hostages slain by Islamic...
People holding signs remembering Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa gather in front of Tokyo's JR Shibuya Station on Feb. 8. (Hikaru Uchida)
Emotions remain high for the two Japanese hostages killed by the militant group Islamic State, with social networking sites filled with postings about the pair and public...