Mar 29, 2015

Focus: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress

Washington honors its closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress. But until Thursday, when House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, no Japanese leader had been invited. That’s striking considering the tight Japan-U.S. alliance ...

Mar 27, 2015

Battle looms over Futenma

The standoff over construction of a replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma threatens to develop into an all-out legal battle between the Abe administration and Okinawa Prefecture.

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Mar 27, 2015

Abe vows not to concede ground on TPP talks ahead of U.S. trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan won’t make any easy concessions just to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks before he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on April 28. The TPP negotiations are “in the final phase, but problems remain,” ...

Abe invited to address U.S. Congress April 29

Mar 27, 2015

Abe invited to address U.S. Congress April 29

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on April 29, House Speaker John Boehner’s press office said Thursday. “Prime Minister Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress, and ...

Mar 26, 2015

Abe to skip China's war parade: report

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former wartime enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing’s comments on the march, ...

Mar 25, 2015

Abe may attend Lee funeral in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering attending the state funeral Sunday for former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, government sources said. Abe will make a final decision while examining his Diet schedule and coordinating with the government of Singapore, the sources said. Abe ...

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

Mar 24, 2015

Abe, New Zealand's Key vow TPP progress

by Masaaki Kameda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart John Key pledged further cooperation Tuesday to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations soon. Speaking to reporters alongside Key at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Abe said the two leaders also agreed to jointly ...