Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

Apr 3, 2014

Abe stirs gadget-use debate in Diet

by Kazuaki Nagata

Using iPads and other digital devices during Diet sessions is banned under current rules as well as custom, but this may change after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the devices may invigorate deliberations. Abe made the remark at an Upper House audit committee meeting ...

Abe ready for full-on military drive

| Mar 27, 2014

Abe ready for full-on military drive

by Ayako Mie

With the launch next Monday of a special intraparty panel directly under his lead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party are ready to kick off their full-fledged drive to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to help defend its allies. ...

Mar 27, 2014

Aiming for a Tokyo-Seoul summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye need to follow up their first formal meeting this week — held on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit — with a face-to-face meeting that doesn't require the intermediation of U.S. President Barack ...

Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Mar 26, 2014

Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Japan and South Korea successfully created the semblance of an alliance in a U.S.-brokered trilateral summit in The Hague but have yet to find a clear path to fully improving their strained ties. Tuesday’s talks, also involving President Barack Obama, began with a surprise ...