Shinzo Abe

LDP eyes SPEED member Imai for a run in Upper House election
Eriko Imai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is set to field pop sensation Eriko Imai of the mega-hit dance group SPEED in the Upper House election this summer, sources said Feb. 5.
EDITORIAL: Abe’s perverse argument for rewriting Constitution
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Diet session on Feb. 5 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been aggressively signaling his eagerness to rewrite the Constitution, which potentially includes the revision of its war-renouncing Article 9.
Abe makes clear his desire to amend pacifist Article 9
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Diet session (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a long-term effort to rewrite war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying Paragraph 2 has created the notion that the existence of ...
Abe to fly the flag in Kenya to counter China, rally support for U....
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to attend a key conference on African development in Kenya as part of efforts to counter China’s inroads in the region.
UPDATE: Amari resigns as economy minister over bribery scandal
Economy minister Akira Amari announces his resignation at a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 28. (Shiro Nishihata)
Economy minister Akira Amari announced his resignation on Jan. 28 to take responsibility for a bribery scandal but insisted the 1 million yen ($8,400) he received from a...
Osaka court dismisses lawsuit over Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine
Plaintiffs and supporters protest the Osaka District Court’s ruling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Osaka’s Kita Ward on Jan. 28. (Hikaru Uchida)
OSAKA--A court here Jan. 28 rejected plaintiffs’ demands for compensation for the mental stress they said they suffered when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited war-related...
EDITORIAL: Parties should focus on correcting social disparities,...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Lower House plenary session on Jan. 26 (The Asahi Shimbun)
How can we overcome social disparities that have become too commonplace today? This was one of the urgent questions posed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Diet on Jan. 26,...
Abe wants scandal-hit minister Amari to stay in his post
Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a government council meeting on Jan. 25 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Jan. 27 he wants his economy minister to continue in his post, suggesting the government is prepared to ride out pressure from opposition...
Tokyo-backed candidate wins key election in Okinawa
Defeated Ginowan mayoral election candidate Keiichiro Shimura, right, shares a moment with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga late on Jan. 24 after the election results were announced. (Koichi Ueda)
GINOWAN, Okinawa Prefecture--A candidate backed by the Abe administration won the city's mayoral race here, handing Tokyo immense leverage in trying to resolve a dispute over...
Tokyo-backed candidate set to win Okinawa election in boost for Abe
Atsushi Sakima, center, celebrates his victory in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Jan. 24. (Masaru Komiyaji/ The Asahi Shimbun)
The candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government will win the Okinawa city mayor's race, handing Tokyo a key victory that could help smooth the...
TV personality Kikuchi pushing diversity to spread Abe's message
Momoko Kikuchi talks to reporters at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo in November after a meeting of the national council. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A TV personality who raised a disabled daughter is now preaching diversity and social inclusion on a national scale as part of her role as "cover girl" of the Abe...
Abe planning to visit Russia in spring
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York on Sept. 28, 2015 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to visit Russia this spring in hopes of pushing forward negotiations to resolve the Northern Territories issue and sign a peace treaty with...
Abe appoints special envoy to focus on Russian negotiations
An aerial view of the Northern Territories (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The prime minister took the unusual step Jan. 22 of appointing a special envoy to deal exclusively with negotiations with Russia.
EDITORIAL: 'Same pay for same work' a true challenge for Abe
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech at the Lower House plenary session on Jan. 22. (Shinichi Iizuka)
While both the ruling and opposition camps were abuzz over a money scandal involving Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
Abe talks about tackling challenges facing nation, criticizes...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a major policy speech in the Lower House on Jan. 22 to outline what his administration plans to do in the current Diet session. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for addressing challenges facing Japan in a major policy speech before the Diet on Jan. 22, laying out his policy goals leading up to this...
Abe ratchets up constitutional revision rhetoric ahead of election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question in the Upper House Audit Committee on Jan. 21. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s heightened calls to rewrite the Constitution may be an attempt to further split the opposition camp, but his bold statements are also raising...
Scandal-hit Amari apologizes, needs week to 'confirm my memories'
Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, apologizes at the start of his economic policy speech in a Lower House plenary session on Jan. 22. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Economic revitalization minister Akira Amari, a close ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and now under fire over a media report of a funding scandal, apologized in the Lower...
VOX POPULI: Abe’s ‘new realistic stage’ of constitutional...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Lower House Budget Committee session on Jan. 13 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Political critic Makoto Sataka’s suggestion that the opposition Democratic Party of Japan rename itself the “Constitutional Democratic Party” met with nods of agreement...
One of Abe's key ministers caught up in bribery scandal
Akira Amari, the minister in charge of economic revitalization, during an Upper House Audit Committee session on Jan. 21 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was said to be facing one of his most serious political crises yet after a key minister became embroiled in an emerging money-for-favors bribery...
VOX POPULI: Global wealth inequality just as much a Japanese...
Children playing with their mother at a park in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Many people will remember the fad expressions "marukin" (the haves) and "marubi" (the have-nots), coined in 1984 by illustrator Kazuhiro Watanabe (1950-2007) in a bestselling...