Jul 23, 2014

Ozawa sees risk of militarism with Abe

by Linda Sieg

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe loosened the limits of the pacifist Constitution to drop a ban on the Self-Defense Forces fighting overseas, many experts said it was a step toward becoming a “normal country” able to do more in its own defense. But Ichiro ...

Jul 21, 2014

Abe to target revitalization at regional level

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his administration will submit a bill aimed at revitalizing regional economies during the extraordinary session of the Diet this fall. The administration will submit the first in a series of bills related to regional revitalization to the extra parliamentary ...

| Jul 19, 2014

Modi's upcoming Japan visit signals closer ties

by Jeff Kingston

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Tokyo in August to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, signaling closer bilateral ties infused by personal chemistry and shared values. The Namo-Shinzo show will be an elaborately choreographed red-carpet extravaganza to highlight the ...

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 ...