Shinzo Abe

Abe to address joint session of U.S. Congress
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the United Nations University in Tokyo on March 16. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so.
EDITORIAL: Abe making light of the Constitution by calling SDF...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question in an Upper House Budget Committee meeting on March 20. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused a stir March 20 when he referred to the Self-Defense Forces as “our military” during an Upper House Budget Committee session.
Abe to attend funeral of Singapore’s founding father
Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore, left, walks with Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato in Japan in 1967. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore who founded the city state, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Panel on Abe’s war statement bickers over meaning of 'aggression'
Taizo Nishimuro, chairman of an advisory panel on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, right, and the deputy chair, Shinichi Kitaoka, speak to reporters after the panel's meeting on March 13. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A heated debate erupted over the definition of “aggression” at an advisory panel meeting discussing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned statement to mark the 70th...
Obama to host Abe to discuss security, trade
U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after their joint news conference in Tokyo in April 2014. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House next month for talks expected to focus on their joint response to...
Japan caught off-guard by Chinese PR blitz in U.S. over Senkaku...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 10 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Chinese Embassy officials in the United States went on a phone call frenzy in November to present their spin on a planned joint statement agreed upon just hours...
Former prime ministers of Japan, S. Korea form group to improve...
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Political heavyweights and business leaders from Japan and South Korea, including former prime ministers, have formed a working group to help mend ties between the two nations.
VOX POPULI: Gotoda’s warning about amending Constitution must be ...
Masaharu Gotoda, former deputy prime minister and justice minister, in 1993 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The late Masaharu Gotoda, who served as Japan’s top police official and who earned the sobriquet “razor” because of his sharp intelligence, was a staunch advocate of...
Japan, Thailand bolster economic and security ties
Thailand Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha touched down in Tokyo in early February for a summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
INSIGHT: Foreign ministers raise concerns over history issues in...
From left, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi make a toast during a banquet at the South Korean Foreign Minister's residence in Seoul on March 21. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Disagreements over historical understanding have strained Japan's ties with its neighbors, and history issues were again at the forefront of a rare meeting here on March ...
Indonesian President Widodo seeks greater defense cooperation with ...
Indonesian President Joko Widodo during an interview on March 21 in Bogor, Indonesia (Masanobu Furuya)
BOGOR, Indonesia--Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping to strike an agreement for greater defense cooperation with Japan, especially concerning protection of coastal...
Abe Cabinet still has difficulty defining 'colonial rule' and...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions at the Lower House Budget Committee. (Shinichi Iizuka)
As concern grows over the wording of a statement Japan's prime minister will issue to mark the end of World War II, the Abe Cabinet is still grappling with key issues such as...
EDITORIAL: Global deployment vision for SDF mars Japan's hard-won...
Masahiko Komura, right, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and Kazuo Kitagawa, his counterpart in junior coalition partner Komeito, led discussions on new national security legislation. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito formally worded the basic principles of new national security legislation that would fundamentally...
Hostage crisis a perfect opportunity for Abe to expand reach of...
Could Kenji Goto’s sickening execution by Islamic State have been avoided?
UPDATE: Japan confirms deaths of 3 nationals in Tunisia attack
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets reporters on March 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Three Japanese were among the 19 tourists killed by militants in Tunisia, government officials said in Tokyo.
Abe uses JFK speech to promote Asia ties, encourage dreamers
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets the audience after giving a speech at “The Torch Has Been Passed: JFK's Legacy Today" symposium held at Waseda University in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on March 18. (Eiji Hori)
In a speech to honor slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resolved to improve relations with Japan's neighbors by calling for a society where people...
ASAHI POLL: Majority of voters against Abe's plan to expand...
Ground Self-Defense Force troops conduct a drill to rescue Japanese nationals at U-Tapao naval base in Thailand in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 50 percent of voters oppose moves by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces overseas, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows.
Former Prime Minister Murayama: Japan's past cannot be cut off...
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama responds to questions from The Asahi Shimbun. (Eiji Hori)
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said settling the past and earning Asia’s trust were the driving forces behind his 1995 statement that offered “deep remorse” and...
Can city-to-city diplomacy accomplish a breakthrough in...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and South Korea.
China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with Japan face a "test" this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15.