Cabinet slugged by angry voters

Jul 3, 2014

Cabinet slugged by angry voters

The Cabinet’s approval rating slipped 4.3 points after its decision Tuesday to adopt a new defense posture for the nation by reinterpreting the Constitution. In the telephone poll by Kyodo News on Tuesday and Wednesday, the approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet ...

Jul 3, 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea, says Abe

Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister said Thursday, as talks on the kidnapping of Japanese nationals are showing signs of progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo judged Pyongyang had shown sufficient willing in resolving the ...

Jul 3, 2014

Textbook publishers mull revisions on description of collective self-defense

Publishers of civics textbooks for junior high and high schools are considering modifying their descriptions of collective self-defense, given the government’s move this week to allow the country to exercise the controversial right, NHK reported Thursday. The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorized ...

Beijing takes aim at defense move

Jul 2, 2014

Beijing takes aim at defense move

China on Tuesday criticized Japan for loosening decades-old restrictions on its military, and warned the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to take any action that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We oppose Japan’s move of deliberately fabricating the China threat ...

Abe wins battle to broaden defense policy

Jul 1, 2014

Abe wins battle to broaden defense policy

by Ayako Mie

The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe authorizes a reinterpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, allowing Japan for the first time since World War II to come to the aid of an ally under attack.

Electric cars on agenda as Japan and Bhutan pledge closer ties

Jul 1, 2014

Electric cars on agenda as Japan and Bhutan pledge closer ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay have agreed to initiate a policy dialogue between their foreign ministries in a bid to strengthen bilateral relations. “We agreed to launch consultations at the level of our foreign-ministry directors general in order to deepen ...