May 22, 2014

Abe, Malaysian leader discuss deeper relations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, in Tokyo on Wednesday for the third meeting of its kind in a year as the two nations try to deepen economic and security cooperation. Najib arrived in Japan earlier Wednesday for a two-day ...

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 ...