February 06, 2015
DILI, East Timor--East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao resigned as prime minister on Feb. 6, stepping down ahead of an expected restructuring of the government next week.
January 23, 2015
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Jan. 23 nominated ruling party lawmaker Lee Wan Koo to replace Prime Minister Chung Hong-won nearly 10 months after Chung offered ...
July 28, 2014
A former top official at Kansai Electric Power Co. has come forward to reveal a nearly 20-year history of doling out "top secret" huge donations to Japanese prime ministers,...
June 24, 2014
SEOUL--The second nominee for South Korea's prime minister withdrew his name on June 24 over controversial comments he made about the country's troubled past with Japan in the...
May 29, 2014
SEOUL--South Korea's prime minster-nominee withdrew from consideration on May 28 following growing public criticism over his alleged ethical lapses.
January 09, 2014
Morihiro Hosokawa is thinking of coming out of retirement to make a run for the post of governor of Tokyo. The election is set for Feb. 9.
May 31, 2013
Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, talks about how and why she uses Facebook and, in addition, her husband’s Facebook posts.
December 26, 2012
Shinzo Abe was chosen prime minister in a special Diet session on Dec. 26, marking his return to Japan’s top post on a conservative agenda and promises to jump-start the...
December 25, 2012
Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the defining theme for his administration, to be inaugurated this week, will be pulling the Japanese economy out of deflation.
December 17, 2012
The Liberal Democratic Party surged to power in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, gaining enough strength to help it ram through its policies in the Diet while leaving the...
December 17, 2012
Despite the landslide victory on Dec. 16 by his Liberal Democratic Party, Shinzo Abe has not been given a blank check to govern in his second chance as prime minister due to...
December 17, 2012
The decisive victory in the Dec. 16 Lower House election for the Liberal Democratic Party places its leader, Shinzo Abe, 58, on the road back to becoming prime minister, five...
December 14, 2011
At Beijing's request, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has rescheduled his visit to China for later in the month, sources said.
December 12, 2011
The non-support rate for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's Cabinet exceeded the support rate for the first time, as voters remain unsure what the administration wants to do, an...
December 08, 2011
Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 7 became the first incumbent prime minister to visit a photo exhibition of abductee Megumi Yokota that has been touring Japan and overseas since 2005.
December 06, 2011
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Dec. 5 ordered a blueprint for raising the consumption tax--but softened his tone on a deadline--as lawmakers started working behind the scenes ...
November 04, 2011
Greece's entry into the eurozone was approved by a summit of European Union leaders 11 years ago. A report in the vernacular Asahi Shimbun said this: "With Greece now a...
October 19, 2011
FUKUSHIMA--Normally, workers washing down a home in the city's Onami district wouldn't attract much interest, but on Oct. 18, the event even drew Japan's prime minister to...
October 01, 2011
Many political pundits point out similarities between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and the late former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.
September 14, 2011
The politician Hayato Ikeda's (1899-1965) behavior and attitude changed after becoming prime minister. Before entering office, he was reputed to be bureaucratic and arrogant....