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People lay flowers before the two year anniversary of the shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the city of Nara on July 7.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 16, 2024
Trump shooting reminds Japan of similar attacks on politicians at home
The attack on the former U.S. president evoked memories of similar incidents involving Japan's prime ministers.
Politicians pay their respects to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday in the city of Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 11, 2024
Two years after Abe’s death, LDP's conservatives still lack direction
The absence of a figure who is able to embody conservative ideals and marshal widespread consensus within the party has weighed heavily on conservatives.
The date for Tetsuya Yamagami's first hearing of a trial for his murder case against former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not yet been set.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 9, 2024
Two years on: Trial date for Abe's accused shooter still not set
Pretrial proceedings are still underway at Nara District Court.
A visitor prays for late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a flower stand set up near the site of his shooting in the city of Nara, on Monday, the second anniversary of his death.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2024
Ex-PM Abe remembered, two years after fatal shooting
In Tokyo, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he would continue to carry on agendas pursued by Abe.
Police officers stand guard during a campaign speech by a Lower House by-election candidate in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, in April 2023.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2024
Police beef up security measures ahead of upcoming election
Two years after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a review of dignitary protection is being conducted.
A sign for Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, more commonly known as the Unification Church, at its Tokyo headquarters
JAPAN / Society
Jul 7, 2024
Unification Church in tough position two years after Abe shooting
As Monday marks the second anniversary of the fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Unification Church finds itself in a difficult position.
A man offers a prayer in Nakano, Nagano Prefecture, on May 25 near the site where four people were fatally stabbed or shot a year before.
Jun 7, 2024
Japan enacts bill to ban encouragement of illegal gun ownership
Such acts will be punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a maximum fine of ¥300,000.
Police officers carry out checks on people arriving to listen to a campaign speech in the city of Oita in April last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 15, 2024
Police agency's 'mettle' being tested one year after Kishida attack
The National Police Agency is working with politicians to tighten security at campaign rallies one year after the prime minister was attacked.
Investigators at the site of the murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a handmade gun in the city of Nara in July 2022
Mar 1, 2024
Japan bill would punish those who encourage unlawful gun ownership
The bill is also aimed at toughening requirements to qualify for possessing a so-called half-rifle hunting gun.
Commissioner Yasuhiro Tsuyuki speaks at a news conference at the National Police Agency on Dec. 7.
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese police to restrict online posts on making guns
The National Police Agency plans to penalize malicious online posts regarding the manufacturing and transfer of guns that incite unlawful possession.
Tomihiro Tanaka, president of the Japan branch of the Unification Church also known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, bows his head in apology during a news conference on Tuesday in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2023
Unification Church ready to set aside ¥10 billion fund for victims
The announcement was made as lawmakers contemplate measures to secure the church’s assets if the court decides to strip the group of its special status.
The Unification Church headquarters in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward
JAPAN / Society
Oct 23, 2023
Unification Church tells branches to manage assets based on law
Lawmakers are stepping up efforts to ensure the assets of the Japan affiliate will be used to help victims of the group's donation tactics.
Samples of The Japan Times winning news coverage, recognized by the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
Oct 20, 2023
Japan Times wins awards for breaking news and feature reporting
The Japan Times receives gold awards for breaking news coverage and feature writing at the World Association of News Publishers Asian Media Awards.
The late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, is depicted on a leaflet marking the first anniversary of his death in September 2012
Oct 16, 2023
Japan's media has to account for its failures, too
The Unification Church is set to be dissolved and Johnny & Associates is undergoing structural reforms. What role did the media play, or not play?
The Japan headquarters of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church, in Tokyo on Friday
JAPAN / Explainer
Oct 13, 2023
What’s next in the Unification Church saga?
The government sought a court order on Friday to strip the Unification Church of its religious corporation status. The process is just beginning.
On Friday, Nara District Court held its first meeting with lawyers and prosecutors to prepare for the trial of the man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 13, 2023
First pretrial procedure for Abe suspect held amid tight security
The defendant, Tetsuya Yamagami, 43, did not attend the closed-door pretrial procedure.
The government will ask the Tokyo District Court to revoke the religious corporation status of the Unification Church.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 12, 2023
Government seeks court order revoking Unification Church’s status
If the request is approved, the group would forfeit its religious corporation status along with the associated tax benefits.
A no trespassing sign outside the entrance of the Unification Church's Tokyo headquarters in 2022
Oct 1, 2023
Government to seek court order to revoke Unification Church's status
The move follows a monthslong probe by the Cultural Affairs Agency into the group over allegations of soliciting financially ruinous donations.
Arata Oshima follows the events of Sept. 27, 2022 — the day of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral — to capture the state of the nation in the documentary, “The Day of the State Funeral.”
Sep 14, 2023
‘The Day of the State Funeral’ bears witness to the end of the Abe era
Arata Oshima’s documentary about the official send-off for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a portrait of a nation adrift.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2023
Akie Abe, widow of slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to visit Taiwan
During the trip, Akie Abe is expected to meet with Tsai Ing-wen, the island's leader, and Vice President Lai Ching-te, a major candidate in the Taiwan presidential election next January.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals