Shinzo Abe

Pushed by conservatives, 19 assemblies pass statements urging...
At a meeting celebrating National Foundation Day on Feb. 11 in Miyazaki, an executive of Nippon Kaigi tells participants, “The Constitution should adjust itself to the age.” (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A campaign by one of the largest conservative groups in Japan has led to 19 prefectural assemblies passing statements calling on the Diet to rewrite the Constitution.
Nagasaki mayor to touch on national security concerns in Aug. 9...
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue delivers the Nagasaki Peace Declaration on Aug. 9, 2013 at the city's Peace Park. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue will raise concerns about the Abe Cabinet changing the government's constitutional interpretation to allow for the exercise of the right to...
The implications of Japanese collective self-defense on Korean...
Dennis Blair, left, and Cho Sei-young (Photos by Takashi Watanabe and Atsushi Hiroshima)
A military conflict on the Korean Peninsula was one scenario envisioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet when it decided to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Abe seeks votes from Caribbean nations to join U.N. Security...
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto takes a snapshot of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, on their visit to Teotihuacan outside Mexico City on July 26. (Takashi Funakoshi)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 28 met with leaders of 14 Caribbean nations here for the first time to strengthen ties and improve...
ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly 60 percent of citizens are opposed to the planned restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the first such restart under tougher...
INSIGHT: Washington irritated by Abe diplomacy on Russia, North...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24. (Pool)
A widening rift is emerging between Japan and the United States over the handling of the crisis in Ukraine and dealing with North Korea.
Tokyo governor meets with S. Korean president, conveys Abe’s...
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the presidential office in Seoul on July 25. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe passed along a message to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on July 25 from the Japanese prime minister that he hopes to improve...
Abe playing catch-up to China as he travels to Latin America...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a dinner reception hosted by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in Tokyo on July 24. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embarked on a five-nation Latin America tour starting July 25 in the hopes of gaining diplomatic allies, but he will likely find that China has...
MSDF, U.S. Navy carry out joint exercise to lay, sweep for mines
Ships from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy line up in Mutsu Bay, Aomori Prefecture, for a joint minesweeping exercise on July 24. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
MUTSU, Aomori Prefecture--With the Cabinet giving approval to the Self-Defense Forces participating in overseas military operations, Japanese and U.S. forces are conducting...
Does Japan have a security role in Southeast Asia?
In late May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headlined the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with a keynote speech on the current geopolitical trajectory in Asia and the...
Sexist remarks represent the ‘typical thoughts’ of Japanese men
Criticism has finally emerged over sexist speech in Japan’s legislatures. Until now, nothing had been done about these despicable, seemingly unbearable remarks, despite the...
EDITORIAL: Council on state secrets law offers no answers to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens to Tsuneo Watanabe, second from left, chairman of The Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, who chairs the government’s advisory council on the application of the state secrets protection law, at a meeting July 17. (The Asahi Shimbun)
It is highly doubtful whether the proposed guidelines concerning the designation and declassification of information under the state secrets law will actually be an effective...
Japan approves first weapons transfer after arms ban relaxed
The surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile (Provided by Defense Ministry)
The Abe Cabinet on July 17 gave the green light for sales of missile parts to the United States, the first approval since the government eased Japan’s long-standing ban on...
Scholars say Cabinet decision opens, not ends, debate on...
The Asahi Shimbun
Criticism continues over the decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on July 1 to reinterpret Japan’s pacifist Constitution to lift the country’s self-imposed ban ...
Nissan's Ghosn wary of Abe's target of 30 percent women in top jobs
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn at a news conference on May 12 in Yokohama's Nishi Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn raised doubts over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to appoint women to 30 percent of top jobs by 2020, saying rushing to ...
EDITORIAL: Diet deliberations highlight Abe's inept thinking
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a session of the Upper House Budget Committee on July 15 (The Asahi Shimbun)
No matter how hard Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tries to reassure the public that he has their best interests at heart, he cannot cover up the inconsistency between his words and...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe offers 1st explanation in Diet, but many ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from an opposition lawmaker during a session of the Lower House Budget Committee on July 14. (Shogo Koshida)
Groans filled the public gallery in the Diet as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the floor on July 14 to give his first explanation to politicians about his Cabinet's decision to ...
EDITORIAL: Shiga poll outcome deals heavy blow to Abe’s nuclear...
Taizo Mikazuki, newly elected Shiga governor, gives a news conference a day after the vote on July 13. With him was Yukiko Kada, the current governor who is stepping down and a staunch advocate of Japan abandoning nuclear energy. (Tatsuya Gunji)
Voters in Shiga Prefecture gave a sharp “no” to the Abe administration’s rush to restart idled nuclear reactors.
VOX POPULI: When it rains, it pours; Abe should take note of Shiga ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presides at the Cabinet meeting on July 1 in which his Cabinet approved Japan exercising the right to collective self-defense after decades of the governments’ refusal under the pacifist Constitution. (Shogo Koshida)
The Japanese expression “watakushi ame” denotes strictly localized showers. They typically occur on mountains when it is sunny at the foot of the mountain. According to a...
INSIGHT: Shiga election delivers setback for Abe government
Taizo Mikazuki, center, celebrates his victory in the Shiga gubernatorial election with the outgoing governor, Yukiko Kada, left, in Otsu on July 13. (Eijiro Morii)
OTSU--Anti-nuclear candidate Taizo Mikazuki won the Shiga gubernatorial election on July 13, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the first major vote since his...