Apr 29, 2015

Akie Abe meets U.S. students learning in Japanese

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie Abe, visited a U.S. elementary school on Tuesday that operates a Japanese immersion program, saying she hopes the students will acquire a deep interest in the culture. Abe, who was accompanied by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, was ...

With Akie Abe, Michelle Obama pitches student foreign exchanges

Apr 29, 2015

With Akie Abe, Michelle Obama pitches student foreign exchanges

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that all students in the U.S. should have the opportunity to interact with children from other countries so they can learn about each other and realize what they have in common, instead of focusing on their differences. The U.S. first ...

First lady Akie Abe donates books to U.N. school in New York

Nov 18, 2014

First lady Akie Abe donates books to U.N. school in New York

The United Nations International School on Monday received 42 books in Japanese donated by first lady Akie Abe. They will be made available to the 100 or so students studying the language at the school’s Manhattan campus. Ambassador to the U.N. Motohide Yoshikawa told ...

Akie Abe questions Tohoku seawall plan in New York speech

Sep 26, 2014

Akie Abe questions Tohoku seawall plan in New York speech

First lady Akie Abe on Thursday questioned a plan to build high seawalls in coastal Tohoku areas impacted by the devastating March 11, 2011, tsunami. Delivering the 15-minute keynote speech in English at the Ford Foundation in New York, the wife of Prime Minister ...

Akie Abe speaks of pain of political life

Sep 25, 2014

Akie Abe speaks of pain of political life

First lady Akie Abe,taking on a rare public role overseas, told a U.S. audience that she was deeply unhappy after her husband’s first stint in power. The 52-year-old — who has softened Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hawkish image by making outspoken statements that sometimes ...