Aug 8, 2016

Japan's first lady visits anti-base protest in Okinawa

First lady Akie Abe visited the village of Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, to see a sit-in protest against the construction of U.S. military helipads. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reportedly not aware of her visit beforehand. Revealing her visit on her Facebook page Sunday, the ...

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

Jun 18, 2016

Japan's first lady, Akie Abe, speaks her own mind

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlasted those that scoffed at his return to power as leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party in 2012. And yet while the prime minister appears to have established himself as an increasingly dominant force in domestic politics over ...

Dec 29, 2015

Abe's wife visits Yasukuni Shrine

First lady Akie Abe posted a Facebook update on Monday, the same day Japan and South Korea struck a landmark deal to resolve the “comfort women” issue, that she visited Yasukuni Shrine, presumably in the last couple of days. Noting that this year marks ...

Akie Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine

Aug 19, 2015

Akie Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine

First lady Akie Abe said Tuesday that she visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo earlier in the day. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife wrote on her Facebook page that she “felt different” during her latest visit to the Shinto shrine because it came three days ...