May 4, 2016

Abe, Michel agree to set up counterterrorism talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday agreed to set up bilateral dialogue to counter terrorism later this year. Abe told his Belgian counterpart that counterterrorism will be high on the agenda at the Group of Seven summit Japan ...

Japan, EU leaders agree to accelerate free trade talks

May 4, 2016

Japan, EU leaders agree to accelerate free trade talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders have agreed to expedite negotiations for a free trade deal and reach a broad accord by the end of the year, Japanese officials said. Abe shared the view in a meeting Tuesday with Donald Tusk, president ...

Abe, Hollande agree to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

May 3, 2016

Abe, Hollande agree to strengthen anti-terror cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande have confirmed that their two countries will step up cooperation in combating terrorism. They also shared concern during their meeting in Paris about China’s ongoing militarization of the South China Sea, while agreeing on the ...

May 2, 2016

Italy, Japan urge G-7 to splash out for growth

Italy and Japan want the upcoming Group of Seven leaders summit to send a “strong signal” of support for using flexible budget policies to stimulate the slowing global economy, the leaders of the two countries said Monday. At the start of a European tour ...

May 2, 2016

The Constitution, 69 years on

Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to convince the public otherwise, there is no need at this time to revise the pacifist Constitution.

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...

Apr 28, 2016

Abe to take in Russia in weeklong visit to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Britain and Russia from Sunday to May 7 for talks with their leaders, the Japanese government said Thursday. Abe will exchange views on the world economy and other major issues to be discussed at ...