Shinzo Abe

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” ...
Putin can kiss goodbye to Japan visit due to Russian military...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, far left, in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have jeopardized his scheduled autumn visit to Japan with his country’s military exercises in territory claimed by Japan.
INTERVIEW/ Hiromu Nonaka: War should not be repeated, collective...
Hiromu Nonaka, former chief Cabinet secretary, in Kyoto (Photo by Yoshinori Toyomane)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 1 decided to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban on the right to exercise...
EDITORIAL: Japan has duty to keep alive lessons of wartime abuse
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to the podium on Aug. 15, 2013, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo to deliver his speech while Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look on. He made no mention of the wartime damage inflicted by Japan on Asian nations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War. When peace was shattered in East Asia, the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, the predecessor of The...
Japan to 'strongly protest' Russia's military exercises on...
Kunashiri Island of Japan's Northern Territories is seen in the background. The Notsuke Peninsula of Hokkaido is in the front. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan said on Aug. 13 that Tokyo would "strongly protest" Russia's military exercises on disputed Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a row over which has strained relations ...
Fears reverberate about possible draft despite Abe’s dismissal...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlines plans to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense at a news conference on July 1. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly ruled out conscription, fears remain strong among the public about the possibility as Japan heads toward a more expansive...
INSIGHT: Hints of progress after Japan-China foreign ministers...
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center in back row, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, right in front row, attend a ceremony on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (Nozomu Hayashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Soon after arriving here for the ASEAN conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said “see you” when he bumped into his Japanese counterpart, Fumio...
EDITORIAL: Japan must pursue a path to a nuclear-free world
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech in a ceremony held in the Peace Park in Nagasaki on Aug. 9 to pray for peace. (Haruki Morishita)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, both of which marked the 69th anniversaries of the atomic bombings. In the ceremonies in both cities, he...
China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreground second right, waits for the commence of 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting...
Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of its atomic bombing
The annual peace ceremony held in Nagasaki on Aug. 9 starts off with a chorus of “Himawari” (sunflower) by atomic bomb survivors. (Mahito Kaai)
NAGASAKI--The city of Nagasaki marked the 69th anniversary of its atomic bombing on Aug. 9 by renewing its call to outlaw nuclear weapons.
INSIGHT: Abe, Xi might just pull off 1st summit in Beijing in...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun and Xinhua News Agency photos)
Signs are emerging that the leaders of Japan and China are on the path to their first summit talks so they can set about repairing shaky bilateral ties.
ANALYSIS: Despite anti-nuclear weapons speech, Abe has made little ...
Children release paper lanterns to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, the 69th anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. The handmade lanterns floated on the Motoyasugawa river near the Atomic Bomb Dome and carried messages like, "I hope war never occurs again" and "Love & Peace." (Tetsuro Takehana)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is apparently all words and no action when it comes to taking steps to reduce the world's nuclear arsenal.
Hibakusha groups tell Abe to withdraw Cabinet decision on...
Sunao Tsuboi, second from right in background, the head of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, speaks at a meeting on Aug. 6 in Hiroshima attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, far left in foreground. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
HIROSHIMA--Representatives of organizations for atomic bomb survivors on Aug. 6 called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to rescind a recent Cabinet decision to change the...