Shinzo Abe

POINT OF VIEW/ Eiji Oguma: Weakened LDP power base allows Abe to...
Toshinobu Nakasato, far right, in front of the Diet building in December with other Lower House members elected from Okinawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Many policy goals of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, such as the push for national security legislation and nuclear energy, lack public support.
EDITORIAL: After year of futility, Japan needs new game plan for...
Relatives of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea attend a meeting in Tokyo on July 1. From left in the first row are Shigeo Iizuka, and Sakie and Shigeru Yokota. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
One year has passed since North Korea set up a special committee to carry out a fresh investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the country decades ago.
Pyongyang drags heels on release of report on Japanese abductees
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, (Asahi Shimbun file photo) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
The Foreign Ministry criticized North Korea on July 3 for delaying the release of the report of its reinvestigation into the status of Japanese nationals abducted decades ago,...
Abe apologizes over LDP group's remarks to avoid delay in security ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions in a Diet session on security legislation on July 3. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized in the Diet on July 3 over controversial remarks made in a study group meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party against the media and ...
Japan to provide 750 billion yen in ODA to Mekong region
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from left, greets the leaders of five Mekong region nations before their July 4 meeting in Tokyo. The other leaders are, from left, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Thai Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. (Pool)
Japan will provide 750 billion yen ($6.1 billion) in official development assistance for the construction of infrastructure in five nations in the Mekong region under the "New...
Okinawa editors, FCCJ lambaste LDP study group comments
Kazuhiko Taketomi, left, editor in chief of The Okinawa Times, and Yoshikazu Shiohira, editor in chief of The Ryukyu Shimpo, speak before the Japan National Press Club on July 2. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The top editors at two Okinawa newspapers said the “arrogant” comments made at a meeting of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers were “baseless slander that cannot...
Abe has chance to make history with statement marking 70th...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States at the end of April was a resounding success. One of the main outcomes of the five-day visit was the signing of the new ...
Media groups protest LDP study group comments; Abe expresses...
The front pages of major Japanese daily newspapers carry articles about comments made at an LDP study group calling for pressure against media organizations. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Media associations on June 29 issued protest statements while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “regret” over a ruling party study group meeting that called for punishing ...
South Korea should talk about and not run from U.S.-Japan bonhomie
Ever since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that his government was going to meddle with the Constitution, the Northeast Asia region has been feeling the heat.
LDP to dismiss division leader amid uproar over study group session
Minoru Kihara, director of the Liberal Democratic Party's Youth Division (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party decided to dismiss Minoru Kihara as director of the party’s Youth Division after comments made at a study group he heads sparked outrage...
EDITORIAL: Lawmakers’ remarks about media underscore LDP’s...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The verbal attacks by young members of the Liberal Democratic Party against news media are so out of line that it is hard to believe the words really came out of the mouths of...
Pro-Abe lawmakers offer plan to 'punish' media; Hyakuta wants...
Naoki Hyakuta delivers a speech at a meeting of young Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on June 25. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Young ruling party lawmakers and a best-selling novelist close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lambasted the two leading dailies in Okinawa Prefecture for opposing the...
Officials arranging Abe-Putin summit for September
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing in November 2014. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September in New York to confirm a visit to Japan by the Russian leader and push efforts on...
Japan, China plan meeting to discuss Abe's war-anniversary...
Shotaro Yachi, head of the National Security Secretariat, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s office in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Senior diplomatic officials from Tokyo and Beijing are in the final stages of arranging bilateral talks in July to discuss Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned...
Constitutional scholars demand retraction of security bills
Members of Save Constitutional Democracy Japan hold a news conference on June 24 in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Shinichi Iizuka)
A group of constitutional experts called for the withdrawal of security bills pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and criticized his administration for trying to ram through...
Minesweeping exercise held off Iwojima island
A bomb attached to a mine explodes in a Maritime Self-Defense Force training exercise held off Iwojima in Tokyo’s Ogasawara archipelago on June 24. (Yusuke Fukui)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted a minesweeping exercise June 24 off Iwojima island in Tokyo’s Ogasawara archipelago.
EDITORIAL: Japan would be better off without an unofficial Abe war ...
From left, former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly intends to forgo official Cabinet endorsement for the statement he plans to issue this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the...
MEMORIAL DAY: Governor Onaga demands end to Henoko relocation at...
A child touches the name of his great-grandfather inscribed in the Cornerstone of Peace memorial in the Mabuni district of Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 23. (Koichi Ueda)
ITOMAN, Okinawa Prefecture--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga used the memorial ceremony for those killed in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa to send a message to the government: The...
Abe gets longest postwar Diet extension in campaign to pass...
The ruling coalition votes to approve a 95-day extension of the current Diet session in a Lower House plenary session held June 22. Members of three opposition parties boycotted the vote, while those of two others voted against the measure. (Shinichi Iizuka)
The ruling coalition has pushed through a 95-day extension of the current Diet session in hopes it can seal passage of highly contentious national security legislation.
Abe likely to issue war-anniversary statement without Cabinet...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to issue his war-anniversary statement without Cabinet approval, a move that will bypass wrangling over wording with Komeito, the...