Shinzo Abe

EDITORIAL: Abe calls election after breaking promise on electoral...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in November 2012. Noda proposed dissolving the Lower House to call a general election if Shinzo Abe, then president of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, agreed to a “painful” reduction in the number of Diet seats.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the Nov. 18 news conference to announce his decision to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeatedly said he will “ask for a fresh...
INSIGHT: Tax hike delay puts social welfare programs in financial...
Reporters question Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a Nov. 18 news conference in which he announced he would postpone a second consumption tax hike. (Shogo Koshida)
In postponing a sales tax hike, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized that he wanted to avoid hurting prospects for economic growth. But his decision could negatively affect a...
Opposition leaders rip Abe's 'twisted logic' in holding vote on...
Banri Kaieda, head of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, delivers a speech in front of JR Shinbashi Station in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Nov. 18. (Ryutaro Abe)
Opposition leaders took turns blasting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s move to dissolve the Lower House, questioning the logic of holding an election on a decision that voters...
EDITORIAL: Abe's patently self-serving, short-circuited election...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference on Nov. 18 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 18 announced he will postpone the additional consumption tax hike scheduled for October next year and dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 21.
Abe to delay consumption tax hike, dissolve Lower House on Nov. 21 ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces the postponement of the consumption tax hike and dissolution of the Lower House at a news conference at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on Nov. 18. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Nov. 18 he will dissolve the Lower House on Nov. 21 to seek a voter mandate for his economic policies, including his decision to delay the...
ANALYSIS: Hotline with China only first step toward avoiding...
A Chinese military vessel receives fuel in the Pacific Ocean about 400 kilometers north of Okinotorishima island in July 2013. (Provided by Defense Ministry)
One positive development from last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping was their agreement on the need to prevent an unexpected...
UPDATE: Futenma relocation opponent wins Okinawa gubernatorial...
Takeshi Onaga, center, celebrates his victory in the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Nov. 16 with his supporters in Naha. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAHA--Takeshi Onaga, the victor in the Nov. 16 Okinawa governor’s election, vowed to fight the central government’s plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...
INSIGHT: Onaga faces uphill battle in stopping Futenma relocation
Voters holding up signs opposing new military bases listen to a candidate in the Okinawa gubernatorial campaign outside the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, winner of the Okinawa governor’s election, declared that the people have spoken, and plans to keep a U.S. military air station within the prefecture should be...
EDITORIAL: Postponed tax hike should not derail social security...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has decided to postpone the additional hike in the consumption tax rate to 10 percent slated for October next year. The main opposition ...
With eye on China, Obama seeks closer security ties with Japan,...
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of their meeting in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE, Australia—Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed on Nov. 16 to deepen their military cooperation ...
Government to delay consumption tax rate hike to 2017
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government is planning to postpone the second stage of raising the consumption tax rate scheduled for October 2015 by a year and a half, sources said Nov. 14.
ANALYSIS: Abe's tax hike delay to 2017 no guarantee the government ...
From right: Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki and New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi agree on the consumption tax increase in a meeting held in the Diet on Aug. 8, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to push back the consumption tax rate increase to April 2017, it remains unclear whether the government will actually proceed at that...
South Korean leader hopes for 3-way summit with Japan, China
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed interest in a trilateral summit with her counterparts in Japan and China, the first time the leader has touched on the need for...
Abe eyes dissolving Lower House, snap election may fall on Dec. 14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Myanmar President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told senior officials of the ruling coalition that he may dissolve the Lower House for a snap election before year-end.
Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with leaders of ASEAN members in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to...
EDITORIAL: No good rationale for calling a snap election
The National Diet building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
First, there were just low whispers that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was considering dissolving the Lower House for a snap election. But before we knew it, the powerful winds of...
VOX POPULI: Abe must not underestimate the public in weighing snap ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Describing someone as “a politician” is rarely meant as a compliment when the person is not a politician by profession. It’s a way of saying, with a hint of envy, that...
Galvanizing groups set sights on revising pacifist Constitution in ...
A rally in Yokohama marks the inauguration of the Kanagawa prefectural chapter of the people’s council to write the Constitution of a beautiful Japan on Nov. 1. (Akira Fujiu)
After steadily gaining momentum in recent years, conservative groups are now poised to strike with bold measures aimed at achieving a first in postwar Japan: revising the...
Energy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power,...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi...
Man likely committed self-immolation to protest Japan’s push to...
A man died in an apparent self-immolation at a Tokyo park on Nov. 11 while reportedly protesting the government’s landmark decision to lift the nation's self-imposed ban on...