Dec 31, 2014

A watershed year for Japan

Japan is at a crossroads in many ways as the nation greets the 70th year since it set out on the path of rebuilding after its defeat in World War II.

Dec 30, 2014

Bad feelings toward the neighbors

An overwhelming majority of people in Japan harbor negative sentiments toward Asian neighbors that the government calls "partners responsible for the peace and prosperity of the region." What is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe going to do about that?

Dec 30, 2014

Abe to make WWII anniversary statement 'future oriented'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II will be “future oriented” by including his administration’s “active stance” on international contributions. But if the statement differs markedly from the historical perspective of previous administrations ...

Dec 29, 2014

Abe begins weeklong holiday for New Year's

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went on vacation Monday with plans to play golf during his week off. No official itinerary has been set during the period except on New Year’s Day, when he is scheduled to attend the celebrations at the Imperial Palace. On ...