Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Sep 15, 2016

Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce plans for a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito’s abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, a government source said Thursday. The government has decided to seek expert ...

Sep 14, 2016

Abe's Chinese calligraphy wins plaudits in China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earned unusual praise from Chinese netizens Wednesday — but for the quality of his calligraphy, rather than his diplomacy. Beijing and Tokyo are at loggerheads over disputed islands and wartime history, and Abe has raised hackles with his criticism of ...

Sep 14, 2016

Japan eyes Hiroshima visit for Kazakh president in November

The government is arranging for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit Hiroshima when he comes to Japan in early November for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to a source knowledgeable about the bilateral relationship. Abe hopes to reach an agreement with Nazarbayev ...

Sep 13, 2016

Japan, Canada agree to come down hard on North Korea at U.N.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau agreed Tuesday to coordinate their response to North Korea’s provocative acts, including last week’s nuclear test, through the framework of the United Nations, a Japanese spokesman said. During a roughly 20-minute telephone meeting, Abe ...

Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose ...

Sep 9, 2016

Abe reluctant to consider concept of a female Emperor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sounded negative about the idea of starting a discussion about Japan having a female Emperor, as he hopes to prioritize the handling of Emperor Akihito’s desire to abdicate. “We’d like to give our thoughts to the Emperor’s anxieties ...