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Asahi Shimbun struggles with credibility amid retractions

| Sep 17, 2014

Asahi Shimbun struggles with credibility amid retractions

It was a rare role reversal for the influential Asahi Shimbun — which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places — when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologize and pledge to restore his organization’s credibility. Tadakazu Kimura told more than 100 ...

First lady Akie Abe speaks out ahead of consumption tax decision

Sep 4, 2014

First lady Akie Abe speaks out ahead of consumption tax decision

First Lady Akie Abe said Thursday her husband’s administration should consider cutting wasteful spending and boosting the economy before going ahead with a rise in the consumption tax to 10 percent. “Considering the falling birthrate and aging society, it probably can’t be helped,” she ...

'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build

Sep 3, 2014

'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan for the economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy “arrows” of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering — but no magic solution is in sight. Abe’s aides and advisers are ...

Polarizing Abe learns the long game

| Aug 22, 2014

Polarizing Abe learns the long game

Shinzo Abe is one of Japan’s most polarizing prime ministers in decades. He may also have a good shot at becoming that rarity in Japanese politics — a long-serving leader. Whether that proves to be the case depends on whether Abe, who surged back ...

Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Abductee probe stirs thoughts of snap poll

| Jul 18, 2014

Abductee probe stirs thoughts of snap poll

As Tokyo presses North Korea for information on the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, speculation is simmering that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could use a possible breakthrough on the emotive issue to call a snap election. History shows that securing the release ...

Population woes crowd Japan

Jun 21, 2014

Population woes crowd Japan

Holding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's demographic red line will be difficult unless Japan opens the door to immigration, a step policymakers have no intention of taking.

'Patriotic wives' few in number — but loud

Jun 20, 2014

'Patriotic wives' few in number — but loud

One by one, women take the microphone near the crowded Hachiko crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district on a hot and humid weekday, denouncing the pacifist Constitution, blasting China’s “recklessness” and mocking the South Korean flag. “The Japanese Constitution that cannot protect our children’s ...

Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

May 11, 2014

Constitution revision vital: Abe adviser

The idea that Japan can improve its security without dropping a long-standing ban on aiding friendly countries under attack is a miracle that just won’t happen, the acting head of an advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Abe has made clear that ...