National / Politics Feb 11, 2014

Abe adviser visited Dalian for possible North contact

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secretly visited the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, not far from North Korea, for about four days in late October, diplomatic sources said, adding fuel to recent speculation that Tokyo has resumed delicate negotiations with Pyongyang. Given ...

National Jul 30, 2013

China: Iijima's report of Abe-Xi summit 'fabricated'

Beijing has no plan to hold a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the near future, the China Daily reported Tuesday, citing a Chinese government official who dismissed recent remarks by a close Abe adviser on a possible ...

National / Politics Jul 28, 2013

Top Abe operative says Japan-China summit in works

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's close campaign adviser, Isao Iijima, said Sunday that he believes Japan and China might hold summit talks soon. "I think a summit will be held in the not-so-distant future," Iijima said in a speech in his hometown of Tatsuno in Nagano ...

Editorials May 24, 2013

An overture to Pyongyang

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an aide, Mr. Isao Iijima — a former secretary to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi — to North Korea last week in an effort to make progress on unresolved bilateral issues, including the past abduction of Japanese nationals by North ...

Japan speechless on PR chief's 'secret' N.K. trip

National / Politics May 19, 2013

Japan speechless on PR chief's 'secret' N.K. trip

The government is keeping mum on a secret visit to North Korea by one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's advisers after Pyongyang revealed it to the United States and South Korea. We "can't reasonably explain" the visit because it was supposed to be kept secret, ...

National May 19, 2013

Suga clams up as source spins Iijima trip to North

by Reiji Yoshida

During his surprise visit to Pyongyang, Isao Iijima, a special advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, explained to officials there that Tokyo continues to seek "comprehensive solutions" to the North's abductions of Japanese and to its nuclear arms and missile threats, a source said ...