Shinzo Abe

Ruling parties hoping to hobnob with Chinese Communist Party next...
Kazuo Kitagawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ruling coalition lawmakers are working to improve the political atmosphere with China to set the stage for the first summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese...
Abe to attend U.N. meeting with eye on improving Seoul, Beijing...
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)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York on Sept. 22 to attend a climate summit at the United Nations, but his priority is to repair relations with China and South Korea.
Finance gurus from Japan, China and S. Korea to meet ahead of G-20 ...
Finance Minister Taro Aso, right, and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference in Washington on April 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Finance ministers and central bank governors from Japan, China and South Korea are set to hold their first talks in more than two years.
EDITORIAL: Finding a viable future for rural areas full of pitfalls
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the first meeting of the government’s Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan on Sept. 12. On his left is Shigeru Ishiba, the minister in charge. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making the regeneration of provincial areas a top policy priority for his reshuffled Cabinet.
Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with former abductee Hitomi Soga as Shigeru Yokota, center, father of Megumi Yokota who was also abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, looks on during a rally against North Korea's abductions, in Tokyo Sept. 13, 2014.  (AP Photo)
Japan's prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Sept. 13 to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been...
Putin may delay Japan visit over Tokyo's Ukraine sanctions
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Sept. 10. (Provided by the Russian presidential office)
MOSCOW--President Vladimir Putin may delay his visit to Japan because of sanctions Tokyo has imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, Moscow's acting ambassador to ...
EDITORIAL: Abe should face sober diplomatic realities in South Asia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been waging a diplomatic offensive in South Asia to "cut" China’s so-called String of Pearls. Abe's aim is to strengthen Japan’s relations...
China's President Xi to make first visit to India
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to India as head of state on a regional visit starting this week which will also take in Sri Lanka, the Maldives ...
Australia risks national security with Japan sub deal, says...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on July 8 in Canberra. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SYDNEY--Australia would be risking its national security and damaging its economy by buying next-generation submarines from Japan instead of building them at home, the...
Putting more women in his Cabinet boosts Abe's approval rating
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 3, the day he reshuffled his Cabinet. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The public approval rating for the Abe administration rose markedly after the prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet last week and appointed five women to the lineup.
INTERVIEW/ Sun Ge: Unprejudiced curiosity is needed to mend...
Sun Ge in Beijing (Photo by Tamako Sado)
BEIJING--Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after their summit meeting in Colombo on Sept. 7. (Shuichi Honda)
COLOMBO/DHAKA--Shinzo Abe on September 7 became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, on the second leg of a South Asian tour that sought to assert...
INSIGHT: Abe’s record-setting globe-trotting still excludes...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Addis Ababa in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s arrival in Sri Lanka on Sept. 7 will set a record for foreign nations visited by a Japanese leader. However, those 49 countries still do not...
EDITORIAL: LDP moderate Tanigaki can help rebuild Japan’s ties...
Sadakazu Tanigaki, former president of the Liberal Democratic Party, enters the party headquarters in Tokyo’s Naagatacho district on Sept. 3. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Former Liberal Democratic Party President Sadakazu Tanigaki has become the ruling party’s new secretary-general.
5 women in Abe Cabinet approach gender equality from different...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with members of his reshuffled Cabinet on Sept. 3.  (Shinichi Iizuka)
By appointing five female lawmakers to his reshuffled Cabinet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signaled his hopes that corporate Japan will adopt his policy of putting more women in...
Japan's First Lady speaks out on sales tax, nuclear power
Akie Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese First Lady Akie Abe--often called the "household opposition" for her penchant to speak out--said on September 4 the country should consider cutting wasteful spending...
Putin hails Soviet victory over Japan in courting Mongolia
Mongolia's President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walk past honor guards at Genghis Khan Square, named after the 13th century founder of the Mongol Empire, during a welcome ceremony in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on Sept. 3. (AP Photo)
ULAN BATOR--Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Japanese army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator on...
EDITORIAL: Reshuffle should lead to policymaking based on national ...
A man watches a broadcast news conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his Cabinet reshuffle at a discount electronics shop in Osaka’s Naniwa Ward on Sept. 3. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 3 reshuffled his Cabinet and replaced his Liberal Democratic Party executive lineup for the first time since the start of his second tenure...
VOX POPULI: Turning misfortune into a chance to improve
Opposition Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda addresses a meeting of DPJ members at both chambers of the Diet on July 31. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dongpo pork, a Chinese braised pork dish that has many fans in Japan, was named for Su Dongpo, the pen name of Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) poet and government official Su...
Abe reshuffles Cabinet, LDP lineup with political stability, China ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe names Sadakazu Tanigaki as secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 3. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet and new ruling party lineup reflect a desire to stabilize his political base, repair relations at home and abroad, and prepare...