Jun 18, 2014

Kishida to delay visit to Russia again

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to delay his visit to Russia to September or later out of consideration for Japan’s alliance with the United States, a country that has taken a tough stance toward the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, government sources said ...

Jun 18, 2014

Abe, Colin Powell express concern over Iraq crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell agreed Wednesday on the need for diplomatic efforts to stop the escalating violence in Iraq. “We both expressed our concern over the situation in Iraq,” Powell told reporters after a meeting with ...

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Jun 18, 2014

5,000 turn out to assail Abe's defense push

Thousands of people gathered in central Tokyo on Tuesday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to lift Japan’s ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense. An organizer said around 5,000 people gathered for a rally in Hibiya Park before marching toward the ...

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Jun 16, 2014

Japanese companies debut at international defense fair

Twelve companies became the first from Japan to participate in an international defense exhibition Monday by exhibiting their wares at the five-day Eurosatory defense fair in Paris. Their participation is expected to help Japan cash in on the easing in April of its long-standing ...

Jun 14, 2014

Noda says Abe buying into 'voodoo economics'

by William Pesek

Sour grapes are in season in Tokyo as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s predecessor steps up and slams the incumbent’s tax plans. However, beneath the bad feelings and twinge of regret, Yoshihiko Noda makes a very timely point when he accuses Abe of buying into ...