Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Jul 7, 2014

Abe, New Zealand's Key unite on TPP, defense ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed Monday to work on concluding the Trans-Pacific free trade talks as soon as possible and to improve defense cooperation as Japan sheds its pacifist stance and seeks a more active security role. During ...

Fiery Shinjuku protest goes global without NHK

| Jul 5, 2014

Fiery Shinjuku protest goes global without NHK

by Philip Brasor

Until the Great East Japan Earthquake, social media didn’t have much purchase on Japanese social life. But disasters are transformative, and in a country where the mass media is cautious about its role vis-a-vis the authorities, social media came into its own after the ...

Cabinet slugged by angry voters

Jul 3, 2014

Cabinet slugged by angry voters

The Cabinet’s approval rating slipped 4.3 points after its decision Tuesday to adopt a new defense posture for the nation by reinterpreting the Constitution. In the telephone poll by Kyodo News on Tuesday and Wednesday, the approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet ...

Jul 3, 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea, says Abe

Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister said Thursday, as talks on the kidnapping of Japanese nationals are showing signs of progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo judged Pyongyang had shown sufficient willing in resolving the ...