EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

Jan 20, 2015

EU welcomes more active Japanese security role

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday welcomed Japan’s desire to play a greater role in regional and global security, calling the nation a “key” ally of the EU. Last week, the Cabinet requested the nation’s largest-ever defense budget, reflecting Prime Minister ...

In Israel, Abe says Japan is committed to Mideast peace

Jan 19, 2015

In Israel, Abe says Japan is committed to Mideast peace

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday their two countries will strengthen cooperation in countering cyberattacks and promote exchanges between defense officials. The leaders, meeting in Jerusalem for a second straight day, also reaffirmed close cooperation regarding peace and ...

Jan 19, 2015

Abe visits Israel, agrees with Netanyahu on anti-terrorism cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to work together to enhance anti-terrorism measures as they held talks Sunday in Jerusalem, Japanese officials said. “Despicable acts of terrorism cannot be tolerated whatever reasons there may be,” Abe said in reference ...

Egypt is offered ¥43 billion loans during Abe visit

Jan 18, 2015

Egypt is offered ¥43 billion loans during Abe visit

During talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo on Saturday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered around ¥43 billion in loans to Egypt for airport and power grid projects. Egypt was Abe’s first destination of his nearly weeklong Middle East tour. Abe and agreed ...

Jan 16, 2015

Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan’s engagement in the region. Abe chose Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories to kick off his first diplomatic tour of 2015. He will express ...

Jan 15, 2015

Abe says revising Constitution is 'natural'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday it is natural for Japan to revise its Constitution, noting nearly 70 years have passed since it was drafted under the Allied Occupation. “It’s hard to say the Japanese created it on their own,” Abe said on a ...