Shinzo Abe

Weak opposition played heavily into LDP's hands, voters say in...
Banri Kaieda announces his resignation as head of the Democratic Party of Japan at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A lack of a viable opposition was the major factor behind the Liberal Democratic Party's decisive victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to three in four voters ...
Abe, Keidanren agree to seek salary increases to further push...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a request for salary increases during a meeting with representatives of business and labor on Dec. 16. (Shogo Koshida)
Fresh off his election victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of the business world signed an agreement Dec. 16 to make efforts to raise salaries next year.
INSIGHT: With landslide victory, Abe to push for constitutional...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki at the party headquarters in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Shinichi Iizuka)
While the ruling coalition primarily sought a mandate on “Abenomics” economic policies during campaigning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now plans to push for other issues,...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Kamata: Abe reveals true intentions after...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to a meeting of executives of his Liberal Democratic Party on Dec. 15, one day after the LDP scored a decisive victory in the Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A disturbingly low 52.66 percent of eligible voters turned out in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, the worst figure in the postwar period. It means that only about one in two...
UPDATE: Abe's ruling coalition captures two-thirds majority in...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives an interview to the media as his Liberal Democratic Party heads for victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe captured a two-thirds majority in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, giving his administration the power to push...
UPDATE: Ruling coalition captures more than 300 seats in Lower...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe celebrates with LDP Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki and other party executives as they receive reports of LDP victories in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Teruo Kashiyama)
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured more than 300 seats in the Dec. 14 Lower House election, according to partial returns and exit polls.
2014 CHOICE: Ruling coalition could maintain two-thirds majority...
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could maintain its two-thirds majority in the Lower House in the Dec. 14 election, exit polls showed.
Set aside hate, China's Xi says on Nanjing Massacre anniversary
An elderly Chinese man stands near a Chinese paramilitary policeman outside the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China and Japan should set aside hatred and not allow the minority who led Japan to war to affect relations now, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Dec. 13, as the...
EDITORIAL: With no guarantee against abuse, state secrets...
Demonstrators protest the state secrets protection law near the prime minister's office in Tokyo's Nagatacho district on Dec. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The state secrets protection law takes effect on Dec. 10.
Yoshinoya to raise price of iconic beef bowl amid yen's persistent ...
Customers eat "gyuudon," a bowl of rice topped with sauteed beef and onions, at a branch restaurant of Yoshinoya in Fukuoka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish--long a symbol of the deflationary economy--for the first ...
EDITORIAL: Time to end the cycle of mutual distrust in East Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and also the 50th anniversary of Japan’s diplomatic relations with South Korea.
Tokyo, Beijing resume talks, but remain cautious about future...
Members of the New Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century meet in Beijing on Dec. 4, marking the first such meeting in about three years. (Nanae Kurashige)
In an apparent thaw of frosty bilateral relations in recent years, Japan and China have resumed talks at various levels following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi...
Japan-China talks mark successful reset, but optimism unwarranted
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, representing two neighboring countries, met in Beijing on Nov. 10, the first meeting between the leaders of ...
EDITORIAL: Questioning Abe's changes to national security policy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains the Cabinet's decision to allow Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense during a news conference on July 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Since assuming office two years ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing a drastic change of course for Japan that practically uproots the nation’s post-World War II...
2014 CHOICE: Official campaign kicks off with fewer candidates
Voters gather to hear speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a port damaged by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 2. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The official campaign period started on Dec. 2 for the Lower House election that will pit the ruling coalition against an opposition bloc trying to overcome its image of...
Park: Summit with Abe hinges on attitude toward 'comfort women'...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye greets Keidanren representatives at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on Dec. 1. Standing behind Park is Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara. (Provided by Dong-a Ilbo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Japan must take a “sincere” attitude toward the issue of wartime “comfort women” before she could agree to a summit...
Myanmar to let Japan search for remains of World War II soldiers
Residents of a village in Chin state, Myanmar, in August 2013 show what are believed to be the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in Operation Imphal during World War II. (Naoyuki Fukuda)
For the first time in more than 30 years, Japan will be allowed to conduct a sweeping search for the remains of Imperial Japanese Army soldiers who died in Myanmar during World ...
EDITORIAL: To change politics, votes more powerful than cynicism
Voters listen to a candidate for the Lower House election in Tokyo's Shinjuku district as the election campaign period started on Dec. 2. (Jun Ueda)
The 12-day official campaign period for the Dec. 14 Lower House election starts on Dec. 2.
ASAHI POLL: Even those opposed to Abe's key policies likely vote...
Demonstrators oppose the promotion of nuclear power plants in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Nov. 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite their continued opposition to the policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, many voters still intend to vote for his Liberal Democratic Party in the Dec. 14 Lower House...
Survey: 80 assemblies demand government cancel tax hike
A shopping street in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At least 80 prefectural and municipal assemblies have adopted statements demanding the government scrap plans to raise the consumption tax rate to 10 percent in April 2017, an...