Shinzo Abe

Fukuda meets Xi in Beijing with Boao Forum members
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 29. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda met with Chinese President Xi Jinping here Oct. 29 as part of efforts to arrange summit talks between the leaders of Japan and China ...
China says it will be good host to Japan during APEC
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China said on Oct. 29 it will extend all possible courtesy to Japan at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, but gave no indication ...
Environment minister acknowledges huge discrepancy in political...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki responds to reporters' questions during a news conference that started at midnight on Oct. 27. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki acknowledged Oct. 28 that his support group incorrectly recorded expenditures to the tune of 7.42 million yen ($68,700) between 2008 and...
Okazaki, conservative adviser to Abe, dies at 84
Hisahiko Okazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hisahiko Okazaki, a former diplomat, staunch conservative and close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died on Oct. 26. He was 84.
Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm, returned
Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa talks to reporters on Oct. 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's new trade and industry minister received contributions from a firm in which foreign investors held a majority stake, but was not aware of the possible violation of the...
S. Korea's Park still wary about summit talks with Abe
Former Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, left, looks on as South Korean President Park Geun-hye greets members of the Japan-Korea Parliamentarians’ Union in the presidential office in Seoul on Oct. 24. (Provided by The Dong-a Ilbo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye is sticking to her guns that Japan must resolve the "comfort women" issue before she can meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for...
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...