Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

| May 19, 2014

Getting to the heart of Abe's vision for Japan's military

The hottest buzzwords in politics these days are “the right of collective self-defense,” now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s advisory panel on security has released its much-awaited recommendations for reinterpreting the Constitution. The Japanese people have been engaged in heated debate as Abe works ...

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

May 12, 2014

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

The popular manga series “Oishinbo” came under fire again Monday after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers to Fukushima Prefecture in its latest issue as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there. The Fukushima Prefectural Government ...

May 9, 2014

Wiser Abe Cabinet logs record 500 days in office

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday marked the 500th day since its inception in December 2012, extending its record as the longest-serving lineup in the postwar era. The previous record was set by a Cabinet led by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato more than ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...