Shinzo Abe

Former Japan PM Fukuda to meet China's Xi next week--source
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping Oct. 29 in Beijing, a source familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a possible...
Japan team heading to N. Korea to pressure it on abductees, Abe...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 22 explains plans to send a government delegation to North Korea from Oct. 27 to 30. (Shogo Koshida)
Japan is sending officials to reclusive North Korea to keep up pressure for an investigation into the fate of its citizens kidnapped decades ago to train spies, Prime Minister...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo's promise on Futenma closure rings hollow
MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese government's promise concerning a U.S. military installation has turned out to have zero value.
ANALYSIS: Abe's ‘money in politics’ nightmare resurfaces
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to reporters’ questions at the prime minister’s office on Oct. 20 after two of his Cabinet ministers resigned. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration had been sailing along relatively scandal-free until questions surfaced this month about two of his “star” Cabinet members.
EDITORIAL: Abe bears responsibility for Cabinet appointment debacle
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologizes during a news conference on Oct. 20 following the resignation of two Cabinet members. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Two members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet resigned on Oct. 20 over political and money scandals.
3 Cabinet members visit Yasukuni Shrine as Tokyo tries to improve...
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, center, visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18. (Naoko Kawamura)
Three Cabinet members visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18 as the government is seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President...
Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn...
Lawmakers from various parties make a mass visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 17, the start of its autumn festival. (Takuya Isayama)
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the...
EDITORIAL: Takaichi’s Yasukuni visit would mean more than...
Sanae Takaichi, minister of internal affairs and communications (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi has expressed her intention to visit Yasukuni Shrine during the religious site’s autumn festival, which starts Oct. 17.
DPJ considers image change by fielding more female candidates
Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan is considering introducing a quota system to increase the number of its women candidates, in an effort to revamp its image.
Chinese ambassador says Beijing pleased with Abe’s efforts to...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's ambassador to Japan said Oct. 15 that Beijing is taking a positive view of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to mend the strained bilateral relations between the...
Japan lawmakers say open to limits on casinos in push for bill's...
Customers leave Kangwon Land Casino in Gangwon province, South Korea, at its closing time of 6 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pro-casino lawmakers have agreed to consider setting limits on Japanese nationals' entry to casinos, bowing to pressure from opponents who threatened to block a legalization...
Abe Cabinet gives OK to state secrecy law guidelines
Protesters in front of the prime minister's official residence voice their opposition to the state secrets protection law on Oct. 14. (Takaharu Yagi)
The Cabinet approved guidelines on the handling of state secrets and set Dec. 10 for a controversial secrecy law to take effect amid protests and concerns that the public's...
EDITORIAL: Public still waiting for Abe to ‘carefully explain’ ...
People opposing the state secrets protection law take to the streets in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
When the state secrets protection law was passed last December, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said this at a news conference: “We will continue to explain this law carefully in...
Top Abe adviser dispatched for secret talks in China between...
Shotaro Yachi, left, the first secretary-general of the National Security Secretariat, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A top national security adviser to the Abe administration joined in when former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda met secretly with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China in...
COMMENTARY: Now is the time to listen to nuclear pessimists
Protesters to the planned restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant march through Kagoshima on Sept. 28. (Ryo Ikeda)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his one-time mentor, Junichiro Koizumi, are both pitching the phrase "You can do it if you try," but they are heading in opposite directions.
Japan-U.S. defense cooperation to have global reach
Officials of Japan and the United States meet Oct. 8 at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo to approve the interim report on defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
Expanded Japan-U.S. defense cooperation on a global basis forms the core of an interim report on bilateral defense guidelines released Oct. 8 that was heavily colored by a...
Abe aide suggests new paper will nullify Kono statement on...
Lower House member Koichi Hagiuda, who serves as special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visits Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15, 2013, the 68th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hinted that the government may issue a statement next year that will effectively emasculate a landmark 1993 apology to former "comfort ...
Japan, Russia leaders to meet on APEC sidelines in November
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Indonesia in October 2013 (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladmir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing in November, the two leaders...
EDITORIAL: Companies should reveal current data on employment of...
Female college students attend a job fair held in Osaka’s Kita Ward in March. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to bolster women’s participation in the work force as part of the nation’s economic growth strategy. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What challenges must be overcome to make Japan a society where women with a desire to work can make good use of their individuality and abilities? What measures are needed to...
VOX POPULI: Cabinet's review of top law criticized as 'hocus-pocus'
Scholars on a private panel opposing Japan’s exercise of its right to collective self-defense and a reinterpretation of the Constitution give a news conference to explain the purpose of its founding on May 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The “nue” is a legendary Japanese supernatural monster. It has the head of a monkey, the torso of a raccoon dog, the limbs of a tiger, the tail of a snake and the cry of a...