Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Mar 21, 2014

Nationalism not on the rise: Abe's brother

Nationalism is “absolutely not” on the rise and Japan remains committed to peace almost 70 years after its defeat in World War II, said Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe’s December visit to Yasukuni Shrine, which ...

| Mar 21, 2014

Cracks in the ruling coalition

The exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense has become Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political creed, but ruling coalition partner New Komeito wants Abe to slow his approach, and others close to Abe have grown apprehensive about the rise of anti-American conservatism within Abe's ...

Mar 20, 2014

Abe to visit Anne Frank House after vandalism

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend to express regret over the vandalism at Tokyo libraries of hundreds of books related to the young Holocaust victim, an official said Thursday. Abe will visit the museum Sunday, a ...

Land prices rise in big metro areas

Mar 18, 2014

Land prices rise in big metro areas

Residential land prices in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya rose by an average of 0.5 percent last year, while commercial land prices increased by an average of 1.6 percent, both rising for the first time in six years.

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

Mar 18, 2014

Vietnamese leader welcomes fresh aid from Japan

by Reiji Yoshida

Visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed new official development assistance from Japan totaling ¥120 billion in yen loans. High-ranking officials from the two countries also signed a document in Tokyo on five infrastructure projects using the ...

Government may put off decision on collective self-defense

Mar 17, 2014

Government may put off decision on collective self-defense

The Abe administration may postpone until this summer officially changing the government's interpretation of the Constitution to enable Japan to come to the defense of allies under attack, amid calls from within the ruling coalition for a careful debate on the matter.

Mar 17, 2014

'Sincere steps' needed for Seoul-Tokyo meet

South Korea is open to a summit with Tokyo but demands Japan first take sincere steps on historical issues to create the right conditions for talks to produce substantial results, a spokesman for South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday. “There is no reason ...

Mar 16, 2014

Dangers of collective self-defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's eagerness to drop the government's long-standing constitutional interpretation that Japan cannot exercise its right to collective self-defense is dangerous, as it could lead to military action abroad by the Self-Defense Forces.