Shinzo Abe

Focus shifting to whether Abe statement will represent his...
Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama makes a point at a June news conference in Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Given past experience, Foreign Ministry officials will be burning the midnight oil later this month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issues a long-awaited statement about...
High school students get political in crusade against security...
A high school student speaks up at a protest rally against the national security legislation in Tokyo's Shibuya district on Aug. 2. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
A surge in high school students taking to the streets to protest the unpopular security legislation has been given impetus by the upcoming lowering of the voting age to 18.
U.S. tries to reassure Japan after WikiLeaks documents reveal...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in December 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Working to prevent tension with a treaty ally, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 4 that the U.S. limits its surveillance of...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo-Okinawa 'temporary truce' too good an opportunity ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at their meeting in the prime minister’s office on April 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Since a window of dialogue between the Abe administration and Okinawa prefectural government seems to have finally opened, every effort must be made to keep it open for...
High school students lead march through Tokyo to protest security...
Demonstrators led by high school students march through Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Aug. 2 protesting the government's security bills. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
High school students, some in their uniforms, led thousands of people through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district in a protest march against the government’s security...
Theatrical group pans Abe's push for security legislation
Officials from theatrical and other groups hold a news conference in Tokyo on July 30 to protest the Abe administration’s railroading of security legislation through the Lower House. (Yukiko Yamane)
A theatrical group that has opposed the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty for more than half a century denounced the Abe administration’s ramming of security legislation earlier...
EDITORIAL: Shimomura, Mori and Abe all bear responsibility for...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Education and sports minister Hakubun Shimomura is evading responsibility for the new National Stadium debacle while one of his subordinates is leaving the ministry before...
VOX POPULI: Security legislation elicits quotable quotes in July
Haiku poet Tota Kaneko holds a sign he wrote, which is used in nationwide protests against the security legislation and Abe administration. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With an ever-growing number of people voicing opposition to national security legislation, frequent topics of discussion around the nation during July included pacifism and...
Ex-envoy to China urges Abe to express regret in war anniversary...
Fomer Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on July 29 (Mitsuyoshi Amata)
A former Japanese ambassador to China called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to fully reflect on Japan’s wartime deeds in his war anniversary statement to “avoid...
Intellectuals urge Abe to retain spirit of previous war...
Kim Young-ho, a former South Korean minister of trade, industry and energy, in 2010 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A group of intellectuals from Japan, South Korea and Western countries have urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to stick to the spirit of the statements of previous Japanese ...
Abe signals possible minesweeping in South China Sea, a shift from ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question July 29 from a member of the Upper House at a special committee where the government’s security bills are being debated. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Japan could conduct minesweeping operations in the South China Sea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said July 29 in an about-turn which suggested a desire to expand collective...
Baptism of noise as mountain villagers take to streets against...
Demonstrators opposing the security legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe march in Achi, Nagano Prefecture, on July 17. (Provided by organizers of the protest)
ACHI, Nagano Prefecture--A village with a breathtaking vista of the Southern Japan Alps would seem like an unlikely venue for a noisy protest against unpopular security...
Tokyo Olympic stadium designer strikes back at critics
Zaha Hadid (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The architects behind a scrapped plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium blamed the bidding process and rocketing building costs for the spiraling price tag, striking back at...
Abe's war statement needs to include the region's shared values
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the spotlight both at home and abroad over what he will say in his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Abe's special adviser under fire for remarks on Constitution,...
Yosuke Isozaki, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of national security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration found itself battling a politically damaging brush fire of its own making even before deliberations began July 27 in the Upper House on contentious...
EDITORIAL: Basic security questions remain unanswered, eroding...
Demonstrators hold placards that read, “We do not tolerate Abe's politics” at a protest in Fukuoka on July 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Upper House on July 27 started deliberating the package of government-drafted national security bills that recently cleared the Lower House.
VOX POPULI: The house that Abe built: big and gray spoiling a...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his special adviser Yosuke Isozaki, left (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Writing a new law is like constructing a new building, says former Cabinet Legislation Bureau chief Masahiro Sakata in "Seifu no Kenpo Kaishaku" (How the government interprets...
In some ways, history regarding national security does repeat...
Fifty-five years ago, in the summer of 1960, Japan experienced socio-political trauma.
EDITORIAL: Abe hurts himself by pretending to listen to opposing...
Demonstrators hoist uniform placards that read “We do not tolerate Abe's politics” in a protest in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward on July 18. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Japanese idiom--making a Buddha statue and leaving out the soul--means plowing the field and forgetting the seeds.
Anti-war monk, popular singer blast contentious security bills
Jakucho Setouchi, left, and Akihiro Miwa speak during a lecture at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum in Nagasaki on July 25. (Takumi Okada)
NAGASAKI--In declaring her opposition to the government’s rush to enact controversial security legislation, the revered Buddhist monk and writer Jakucho Setouchi said Japan...