Shinzo Abe

UPDATE: Obama declares U.S. obligation to protect Senkaku Islands
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint news conference on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo after their summit. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gained major reassurances from U.S. President Barack Obama on April 24 concerning national security, but the two nations could not resolve their...
Senkakus issue to be included in joint statement to be issued...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo before their summit. (Pool)
The Senkaku Islands issue will be included in the joint statement to be issued on April 24 after the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President...
UPDATE: Obama lands in Japan, will push TPP, security issues on...
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 7:06 p.m. on April 23. Obama will stay in Japan until the morning of April 25, when he will depart for South Korea on the second leg of his four-nation Asia swing.  (Satoru Semba)
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Japan on April 23 as part of four-nation Asian swing to push negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and strengthen U....
Former ambassador to U.S.: Abe, Obama must send message on...
Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to the United States, during an interview in Tokyo on April 22 (Izumi Sakurai)
Despite growing doubts, the Japan-U.S. alliance remains on solid ground ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to ...
Abe hopeful Tokyo governor's Beijing visit will help mend ties...
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe during an inspection tour of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a visit to Beijing by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe to pave the way for an upturn in Japan’s soured relations with China.
VOX POPULI: Abe-Obama summit could remove a 'thorn' in Japan-U.S....
U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talk after a trilateral meeting that included South Korean President Park Geun-hye in The Hague on March 25. (Provided by the Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Recalling his summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) in April 1986, Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone gushed about his host's "triple hospitality." For one,...
Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin
A memorial hall for anti-Japanese independence activist An Jung-geun at Harbin station in Heilongjiang province. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese...
Abe seeks 'after-the-fact' Diet approval for collective...
An Osprey transport aircraft flies toward a training field in Shiga Prefecture on Oct. 16. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to allow the government to exercise the right to collective self-defense without prior Diet approval in some instances,...
Cabinet member, 150 lawmakers visit Yasukuni before Obama's arrival
Hidehisa Otsuji, former health minister, second from right in front row, Sanae Takaichi, chairwoman of the LDP Policy Research Council, third from right in front, and other Diet members visit Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on April 22. (Wataru Sekita)
Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo and around 150 lawmakers flooded Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine during its spring festival on April 22, a day ahead of U.S. President Barack ...
2nd lawsuit filed against Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he offered prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Bereaved family members of fallen Japanese soldiers sued Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying his visit to Yasukuni Shrine last December aggravated relations with neighboring...
INTERVIEW/ Norihiro Kato: Japan must face up to ‘3...
Norihiro Kato (Photo by Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s abrupt visit to Yasukuni Shrine in late December, Japan has experienced a dramatic downturn in its diplomacy with not only China and South...
Abe skips Yasukuni visit, makes symbolic offerings instead ahead...
Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signaled that he is not visiting Yasukuni Shrine during its spring festival this week and instead offered a “masakaki” sacred tree branch, ahead...
Scholars use NHK controversy as segue to assess Japanese society
The Asahi Shimbun
Two leading scholars believe there are ways the public can regain confidence in the direction society is heading, despite a recent controversy involving the new president of...
VOX POPULI: Time to deny 'entry' to Abe's constitutional changes
Alarmed by the Abe administration’s attempts to slight the Constitution, a group of scholars who urge the protection of constitutional democracy holds a news conference in Tokyo on April 18. (Yoshihisa Uehara)
I recently came across a very profound metaphor in a book. The sentence that caught my attention said, “Put up a ‘No Entry’ sign in areas that should be off-limits to the ...
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will reaffirm their commitment to a strengthened bilateral alliance when the two leaders meet in Tokyo...
DRIFTING ALLIANCE: Obama wants concession on TPP to offset Abe's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye before a trilateral summit meeting in The Hague on March 25 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
After the trilateral summit of Japan, the United States and South Korea at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in The Hague in March, President Barack Obama, who coordinated the...
DRIFTING ALLIANCE: Crimea crisis shines spotlight on allies'...
Seen in this photo taken during the Group of Seven summit meeting in The Hague on March 24 is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, who is seated next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. To Merkel’s right is U.S. President Barack Obama. The Crimea crisis and its impact on the geopolitical situation in Asia were of primary concern during the meeting.  (Pool)
During the Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations in The Hague on March 24, the Crimea situation was a top priority, but another topic of discussion also dominated ...
Scholars form ‘Save Constitutional Democracy’ to challenge...
Yasuhiro Okudaira, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, and other scholars of Save Constitutional Democracy Japan 2014, speak of a crisis facing democracy in Japan at a news conference on April 18 at the Diet members' office of the Lower House in Tokyo.  (Izumi Sakurai)
Concerned scholars have formed a group to protest the Abe government’s "aggressive campaign" to make it easier to amend the pacifist Constitution, vowing to "restore...
EDITORIAL: New Tokyo-Seoul talks should lead to serious efforts to ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, meets with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Senior diplomats of Japan and South Korea held talks in Seoul on April 16 in a fresh effort to settle the thorny issue of “comfort women.”
'Comfort women' issue again open for discussion between Japan,...
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, is swarmed by reporters in Seoul on April 16 after his meeting with Lee Sang-deok, the director-general of the South Korean Foreign Ministry's Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau, to discuss the "comfort women" issue. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--Japan and South Korea moved to ease the deep chill in their relations by holding talks here April 16 on the "comfort women" issue and agreeing to another meeting on the...