Shinzo Abe

INSIGHT: 13,000 scholars vow to ‘hit back twice as hard’...
The Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills is among the supporters of a large-scale protest against the proposed national security legislation around the Diet building on Aug. 30. (Wataru Sekita)
In a big, stately and high-ceilinged chamber in the historic Gakushikaikan building in Tokyo's Kanda district, a crowd of scholars sat in rows to protest the controversial...
EDITORIAL: Clearer explanation needed for growing defense budgets
An Osprey military transport aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry announced on Aug. 31 that it will request a record 5.091 trillion yen ($42 billion) for overall defense spending in fiscal 2016, which starts in April next ...
Ghost of Kishi hovers over Abe's 70th anniversary amnesia
Mount Sangane Skyline is a toll road in Aichi Prefecture known as "Hydrangea Line" for the 70,000 hydrangeas that bloom in early summer. The summit also offers superb views...
Young, old join hands to protest security bills; Suga cites...
Tens of thousands of people pack a street in front of the Diet building in Tokyo to protest the security bills on Aug. 30. (Takeshi Iwashita)
Protesters in Tokyo’s largest demonstration against national security bills hailed the turnout as a victory for democracy, but government officials downplayed the movement,...
VOX POPULI: Let the people unite to defend Japan's democracy
Reiichi Miyazaki, former director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, left front, and other legal experts gather in Tokyo on Aug. 26 to oppose the security bills. They are holding up signs reading “unconstitutional” and “Kill the bills.” (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Furu supekku" (full specifications) is probably not a term that is used frequently by many Japanese.
Massive hordes of protesters rally at Diet building to protest...
Demonstrators opposing the security bills pack the streets near the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Shiro Nishihata)
In one of the largest postwar demonstrations in Japan, tens of thousands of protesters swarmed in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30 to oppose the Abe...
Japan, in 2nd try, approves cheaper 155 billion yen plan for...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends an Aug. 28 meeting of Cabinet ministers where a plan for the new National Stadium was approved. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The government on Aug. 28 approved a plan that sets a limit of 155 billion yen ($1.3 billion) for construction of the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,...
Abe a shoo-in for re-election as LDP president
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely be re-elected unopposed as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party next month, sources said.
Japan requires companies to set goals in hiring female execs
Haruko Arimura, state minister for the empowerment of women, bows after the law requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers was approved on Aug. 28. (Shinichi Iizuka/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese lawmakers approved a law Aug. 28 requiring large employers to set and publicize targets for hiring or promoting women as managers.
Hundreds of legal experts unite to attack Abe’s...
Hundreds of legal experts gather in Tokyo Aug. 26 to oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills. They hold up signs reading “unconstitutional” and “scrap them.” (Takayuki Kakuno)
Three hundred or so legal experts gathered for a huge protest meeting to call on the Abe administration to withdraw security legislation that they say is unconstitutional.
Astronaut Yui says ISS mission helping to foster world peace
A high school student, back row, right, asks astronaut Kimiya Yui, middle on the monitor screen, a question on Aug. 26 at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Koto Ward. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front row, left, is also in attendance. (Sayuri Ide)
Astronaut Kimiya Yui says his biggest accomplishment on the International Space Station is working with people of other nationalities and contributing to world peace.
Obama expresses regret to Abe for spying charges in phone call
U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Yuko Lanham/ The Asahi Shimbun)
President Barack Obama has called Japan's leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the United States had spied on senior Japanese officials.
Asahi poll: Abe's war anniversary statement resonated more...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his long-anticipated statement marking the end of World War II, on Aug. 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was favorably regarded by 40 percent of respondents in an Asahi Shimbun survey,...
Abe calls off trip to China to oversee passage of security bills
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an Upper House session Aug. 24 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruled out a September trip to China in order to be present as the Diet considers passing controversial security legislation.
VOX POPULI: Abe’s heckling won't drown out the voices of the...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, heckles a questioner as Defense Minister Gen Nakatani raises his hand to answer a question during an Upper House special committee session on security legislation on Aug. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
You often find out that how things actually are is quite different from how they are seen through the eyes of others.
Obama’s rebalance can attain new life with TPP deal
The long running Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are reaching a critical stage as pressure ramps up for a completed deal by the end of this year.
China insists it is not rattling its saber by holding military...
Military officers take part in a flower-offering ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of China’s victory in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A senior Chinese military officer has pleaded with Japanese people to understand and support a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in China's...
Ex-accused in Sunagawa Incident speaks up to support the pacifist...
Gunichiro Muto, professor emeritus of agriculture at Kyushu University, shares his experiences of being an accused in the trial resulting from the so-called Sunagawa incident at a World War II exhibition in Fukuoka. (Tazuko Goto)
FUKUOKA--Gunichiro Muto remained silent about the so-called Sunagawa Incident for many many years.
S. Korean envoy says Abe made effort to reach out in war...
South Korean ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo speaks during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
South Korea's ambassador to Japan said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least showed “signs of making an effort” in his recent statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end ...
EDITORIAL: Once again, Abe's disdain for the Diet and the public...
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani sheds light on an internal document drafted by the Self-Defense Forces during the Upper House special committee for security legislation on Aug. 19. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The Upper House special committee to deliberate new national security legislation resumed its work on Aug. 19.