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Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

Jul 27, 2014

Is 'Kobe Formula' spanner in works?

by Eric Johnston

On March 18, 1975, in a show of defiance against Japan-U.S. military policy, the Kobe Municipal Assembly passed a resolution that became known as the “Kobe Formula.” From that day forward, the resolution said, any ship carrying nuclear weapons would not be allowed to ...

Jul 27, 2014

Japan, Brazil to repeat refrain on rule of law

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are expected to stress in a joint statement this week that they share basic values including respecting the rule of law, a Japanese delegation source said Saturday. Their statement, to be released following their meeting ...

Jul 27, 2014

Think tank's peace proposal: Stop visiting Yasukuni

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should stay away from controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, an international think tank said, as it offered ideas on defusing mounting Sino-Japanese tensions. In a recent report, the International Crisis Group warned that Abe’s visit to the shrine last December ...

Abe tours ancient pyramids with Mexican leader

Jul 27, 2014

Abe tours ancient pyramids with Mexican leader

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a two-day visit to Mexico on Saturday, taking a break from sealing energy deals to tour pyramids with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Abe and Pena Nieto visited the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan with their wives, Akie Abe and ...

Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Jul 26, 2014

Timing eyed for Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to replace more than half of his 18 ministers in the first week of September in what would be his first Cabinet reshuffle since taking office in December 2012, senior government officials said. The focus will be on ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to cut, transfer 10% of government payroll

The government has adopted plans to reduce and transfer at least 10 percent of its payroll over a five-year period starting in April 2015. Based on an instruction from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the move, announced Friday, will affect 29,672 of the nation’s 296,544 ...