Shinzo Abe

LDP finally begins work to stamp out hate speech
A protester holds a placard that reads, “We refuse to allow discrimination and intolerance,” while a group of demonstrators calling for the ouster of foreigners march in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A project team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party met for the first time on Aug. 28 to discuss measures to deal with hate speech demonstrations in Japan.
New Indian prime minister seeks strengthened security ties with...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a news conference on Aug. 29 in New Delhi (Provided by the Indian government)
NEW DELHI--On the eve of his first visit to Japan as India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi said Aug. 29 that he hoped the two countries will enhance their security ties.
VOX POPULI: Personnel shake-up requires balancing act of favors
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves his office in Tokyo after meeting with Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba on Aug. 29. (Shogo Koshida)
A personnel shake-up can be a double-edged sword. Employees who are elevated to coveted positions may perform their duties faithfully, but discontent could build up among those ...
Abe wears down biggest political rival Ishiba, convinces him to...
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 29. (Shogo Koshida)
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba finally bowed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated requests to join his Cabinet on Aug. 29, apparently...
With eye on China, Japan defense planners seek spending boost
The annual live-firing exercise at the Ground Self-Defense Force Higashi-Fuji training range in Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 24 (Yusuke Fukui)
Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo...
EDITORIAL: Time for Abe to clarify his views about World War II,...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In April, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a written message of mourning to an annual Buddhist memorial service to honor Japanese World War II soldiers who were executed after...
Japan, South Korea talks possible next month as momentum builds to ...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and South Korea are coordinating closely to arrange the first "strategic dialogue" between the two sides since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office.
China: 'No change' policy in improving ties with Japan
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China on Aug. 28 rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest...
Abe praised Class-A war criminals for being 'foundation' of...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a written message in April to an annual memorial ceremony honoring Class-A and other war criminals, hailing those executed by the Allied powers...
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better...
Abe making a mockery of energy policy at the expense of human lives
Four recent prime ministers have banded together to call for "no nuclear power" and express their opposition to restarts of nuclear reactors. But the current incumbent, Shinzo...
Death toll hits 54 as rescue squads struggling to locate Hiroshima ...
Members of the special rescue squad of the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo search for landslide victims in the Yagi district of Hiroshima's Asa-Minami Ward on Aug. 25. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
HIROSHIMA--As a vast network of searchers continued looking for victims of landslides in the northern part of the city here, Hiroshima prefectural police on Aug. 25 announced...
COMMENTARY: Nagasaki A-bomb survivor's anger bursts out as Abe...
Miyako Jodai speaks at the peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki on Aug. 9, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun photos)
NAGASAKI--When an atomic bomb survivor began reading her “pledge for peace” at the peace memorial ceremony here on Aug. 9, I immediately noticed a deviation from the text...
Abe under fire for playing golf after learning about Hiroshima...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking heat for playing golf after he was informed of major mudslides in Hiroshima, which have so far claimed 39 lives.
GSDF practices defending remote islands, as expanded role splits...
Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 19. (AP Photo)
GOTENBA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Ground Self-Defense Force showcased its ability to defend remote islands on Aug. 19, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense...
EDITORIAL: Wise decisions needed from Abe and Park to ensure good...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye during the ASEAN summit in Brunei last October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Aug. 15, the anniversary of the end of World War II, prayers were said across Japan for the repose of the souls of the war dead.
Abe avoids talk of war responsibility, anti-war pledges at Aug. 15 ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko offer prayers to the war dead at a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on Aug. 15. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
For the second consecutive year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not refer to Japan’s responsibility for inflicting damage on other Asian nations during wartime at a ceremony...
S. Korea's Park criticizes Japan over ‘comfort women’ issue at ...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a ceremony to mark the South Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 in Seoul on Aug. 15. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on Tokyo to take more convincing steps in regards to resolving the “comfort women” issue at a ceremony on Aug. 15 marking ...
Abe sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine, Cabinet ministers visit
Yoshitaka Shindo, minister of internal affairs and communications, right, and Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 15. (Hiroki Endo/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 15 sent a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine to war dead but did not join Cabinet ministers in a visit, seen as an effort to avoid...
EDITORIAL: Japan needs meaningful language, not demagogic words,...
Visitors pray at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Aug. 15. (The Asahi Shimbun)
On the first Saturday of August, a demonstration was staged in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most vibrant shopping areas, where demonstrators repeatedly shouted, “Senso hantai” ...