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 ...

May 8, 2014

First lady accents tour with side trips

Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made several diplomatic visits while accompanying her husband on his six-nation swing through Europe ending Thursday, government officials said. The first lady visited an elementary school in London for students with autism and other developmental ...

First lady Akie Abe joins Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade

Apr 27, 2014

First lady Akie Abe joins Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade

On Sunday first lady Akie Abe showed her support for  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities by joining the third annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride event. The 51-year-old wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed in all white,  stood on a float with a drag ...

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

Feb 20, 2014

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

by Mark Schilling

Takashi Yamazaki’s World War II drama “Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero),” whose pilot hero joins the tokkōtai (kamikaze) suicide squadron in the closing days of the war, has soared to the box office heights since its Dec. 21 release. After ranking No. 1 ...

Is wife Abe's main opposition rival?

Dec 19, 2013

Is wife Abe's main opposition rival?

by Ayako Mie

Akie Abe is Japan's first lady of conviction and action, describing herself as an "opposition force at home" who doesn't shy away from speaking out in public against the policies of her husband, Shinzo.