Jan 10, 2015

War of words ahead for Abe anniversary speech?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might switch up Japan’s war anniversary statement and deviate from the landmark 1995 statement issued by then-Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, which clearly apologized for Japan’s wartime aggression in Asia, the government’s top spokesman said. “If it were the same, there ...

Sep 17, 2014

Japan to donate over $10 million to Iraqi, Syrian refugees

Japan plans to donate more than $10 million through international organizations to Iraqi and Syrian refugees displaced by the Islamic State militant group, sources with knowledge of Japan-U.S. relations said on Tuesday. The Abe administration sees the humanitarian aid as its contribution to the ...

Aug 27, 2014

Kono statement won't be replaced, Suga says

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga rejected on Tuesday a request from a ruling party colleague to issue a new document next year to replace a 1993 apology over women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, ruling bloc lawmakers said. Suga ...

Aug 11, 2014

Abe to retain Aso and Amari in Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to retain Taro Aso, his deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Aki­ra Ama­ri, the economic revitalization minister, when he reshuffles the Cabinet and changes the executives of the Liberal Democratic Party in the first week of September.

Aug 5, 2014

Tax deductions for 'hometown donations' to be simplified

The Abe administration plans to simplify procedures for income and residential tax deductions for donations to municipalities of the taxpayer’s choice, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “We (want to) simplify the procedures as we hear people say the procedures are difficult,” Suga said ...

G-7 should cooperate on MH17 probe: Suga

Jul 28, 2014

G-7 should cooperate on MH17 probe: Suga

The Group of Seven nations should work together on a multinational probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. “The G-7′s concerted effort is needed to solve this problem,” Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said in ...