Jul 16, 2014

Japan to launch women's confab modeled after Davos forum

Japan will launch an international conference of female leaders in September modeled after the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to push forward its initiative to get more women into the workforce. The government is scheduled to host a women’s symposium in Tokyo ...

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Jul 16, 2014

Abe visits towns in Tohoku disaster areas

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited a seaweed breeding facility and a cabbage farming corporation in Miyagi Prefecture during his latest visit to the disaster-hit Tohoku region. Abe told reporters in Higashimatsushima that his administration is ready to provide support for agriculture and ...

Jul 15, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Jul 15, 2014

The blowback from Shiga

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that the defeat of the Liberal Democratic Party-backed candidate in the Shiga gubernatorial election Sunday is part of the price his administration pays for pushing to widen the scope of Japan's military role without seeking a mandate from ...

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

Jul 14, 2014

Minesweeping in Mideast 'OK under changes'

by Mizuho Aoki

The Cabinet's recent decision to reinterpret the pacifist Constitution means that Japan would be allowed to engage in a minesweeping operation in the Strait of Hormuz even without a cease-fire in place, as long as three self-imposed legal conditions would be met, Prime Minister ...

Jul 14, 2014

Abe calls for talks with Xi at APEC summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he is seeking to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing in November, the latest call from Tokyo for face-to-face talks amid testy diplomatic relations. Abe pointed to the two nations’ huge trading ...