Mar 23, 2013

What's the LDP's true agenda?

In the wake of the LDP's most recent convention, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would do well to stop obsessing over nonessential constitutional revisions.

Mar 13, 2013

Kowtowing to the power companies

The Abe administration's apparent refusal to heed the lessons of the Fukushima nuclear disaster suggests it is just kowtowing to the power industry.

Feb 26, 2013

Tough talks ahead for Japan

Contrary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's claim, Japan has not received a clear assurance from the U.S. that it can continue to retain high tariffs on such sensitive agricultural products as rice as a condition for joining the TPP talks.

Feb 24, 2013

Yamagata golf putter gifted to president

Washington KYODO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented President Barack Obama with a golf putter made by a Japanese manufacturer during their meeting Friday at the White House, a government official said. In 1957, Abe’s grandfather, the late Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and then-U.S. President ...

Feb 19, 2013

Takeshima ceremony to draw 18 lawmakers


Shimane Prefecture’s annual ceremony Friday to commemorate Japan’s 1905 annexation of Takeshima will draw at least 18 Diet members, but so far no one in the Cabinet has signaled plans to participate in the event, the prefecture said Monday. The two Takeshima islets, which ...

Abe to meet Obama with hands tied

Feb 6, 2013

Abe to meet Obama with hands tied


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing a major challenge ahead of his summit with U.S. President Barack Obama later this month, as calls have mounted within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for Japan not to participate in U.S.-led free-trade talks. Abe, who heads the ...