Shinzo Abe

Abe pledges massive aid package to Pacific nations to build...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a keynote speech at the plenary session of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 23. (Satoru Semba)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23 pledged aid worth more than 55 billion yen ($460 million) over the next three years to Pacific island nations...
Japan pursues top-level talks with Russia despite U.S. concern
Sergey Naryshkin, chairman of Russia's State Duma, speaks in Tokyo on May 21. (Taro Nakazaki)
Japan will continue high-level political dialogue with Russia despite a warning from Washington to keep Moscow at arm's length, the government’s top spokesman said May 22.
JCP's Shii: Abe has never read the Potsdam Declaration
Kazuo Shii, leader of the Japanese Communist Party, during question time in the Diet on May 20 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii took another shot at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his apparent unfamiliarity with the 1945 Potsdam Declaration by pointing to his...
Mahathir tells Japan to use words--not force--to settle disputes
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on May 21 in Tokyo (Akiko Suzuki)
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Japan to refrain from needlessly offending neighboring countries and to pursue dialogue to resolve issues over...
VOX POPULI: Abe fails history lesson in debate with Communist...
Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a one-on-one debate in the Diet on May 20 (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Back when Keio University professor Koji Matsui was a trade ministry bureaucrat on loan to the prime minister's office, he watched Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii...
Abe: SDF will be deployed to safe areas, minesweeping an...
Katsuya Okada, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a one-on-one debate in the Diet on May 20. (Kazuhiro Nagashima and Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said May 20 the Self-Defense Forces will only be dispatched to safe areas and will not land on territory and use force in their expanded roles under...
Japan unveils $110 billion plan to fund Asia infrastructure, eye...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan unveiled a plan on May 21 to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as...
EDITORIAL: Abe's responses to security questions smack of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What stood out in the first debates between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and opposition party heads in the current Diet session was Abe’s insincere replies that were designed to ...
Group seeking proper accounting of Japan’s wartime past doubles...
Franz Waldenberger, left, and Ian Buruma (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--The number of scholars calling on Japan to conduct an “unbiased accounting” of its wartime past has more than doubled to 457 in two weeks.
Kerry urges Japan, South Korea to reconcile over history
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se wrap up a joint news conference in Seoul on May 18. (Atsushi Okudera)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Japan and South Korea to promote “healing and reconciliation” over history issues and to strengthen their relations...
Defeat of Osaka referendum hurts Abe's constitutional revision...
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto at a news conference held late on May 17 after an Osaka referendum was defeated (Eijiro Morii)
When voters on May 17 narrowly rejected a referendum that would have dissolved the Osaka city government and created a metropolis similar to Tokyo, they also dealt a blow to...
UPDATE: Osaka voters reject metropolis referendum; Hashimoto says...
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto responds to questions from reporters after a referendum to create an Osaka metropolitan government was defeated in Osaka on May 17. (Eijiro Morii)
OSAKA--Voters here rejected a referendum on May 17 that would have dramatically reorganized the Osaka city government into a large metropolitan entity, like Tokyo.
VOX POPULI: Those who debate security bills never have to take up...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks about security legislation at a news conference in Tokyo on May 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
May 8 marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
For SDF members, security bills elicit calls of duty, raise fears...
Members of the Self-Defense Forces stand guard in Djibouti on Jan. 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Members of the Self-Defense Forces expressed mixed feelings about proposed legislation that is intended to significantly expand their missions overseas and could possibly put...
Beijing, Seoul urge Tokyo to use security legislation for regional ...
People on May 14 in Osaka watch a TV screen showing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a news conference about new security legislation. (Yuta Takahashi)
China and South Korea called on Japan to continue its pacifist ideals and use proposed new security legislation for “peaceful” purposes.
EDITORIAL: Diet must prevent Japan from passing the security point ...
Protesters walk through Tokyo's Ginza district on May 14 before the Abe Cabinet approved the national security legislation. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 14 formally approved a package of bills to pursue a radically new security policy. The bills were to be submitted to the Diet on ...
Abe stresses 'peace and safety' in security legislation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains the “peace and safety legislation” at a news conference in Tokyo on May 14. (Hikaru Uchida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized that Cabinet-approved security legislation is intended to protect Japan and will not lead the nation to become embroiled in a war led by...
Tokyo protesters ‘absolutely opposed to war bills’; Cabinet...
Protesters in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo on May 14 hold up signs that say, "Don't make war." (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the prime minister’s office on May 14 to denounce national security legislation that they say will allow Japan to wage war.
EDITORIAL: Osprey deployment spells 'net increase' in burden for...
Ikuo Kato, the mayor of Fussa, far right, and other city officials listen May 12 as a Foreign Ministry official, far left, explains the plan to station CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft operated by the U.S. Air Force at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, which the municipality hosts. (Daisuke Yajima)
Ospreys are coming to the skies over Tokyo.
EDITORIAL: A dangerous turning point for postwar Japan
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, addresses a meeting of ruling coalition members on the national security legislation on May 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, reached a formal agreement during talks May 11 on proposed security legislation that would...