National / Politics Jun 5, 2013

Abe to meet Obama on sidelines of G-8 summit

A separate meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama is being arranged for the Group of Eight summit June 17 and 18, according to a government source. Abe is expected to seek U.S. understanding and support for Japan's position in addressing ...

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

Reference | FYI Jun 4, 2013

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

by Eric Johnston

Foreign media and overseas Japan experts largely use 19th- and 20th-century labels to describe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and current Japanese politics led by his Liberal Democratic Party — "right-wing," "hawkish," "conservative" and "nationalist." Japanese and the Japanese media either use and agree with, or ...

National Jun 4, 2013

Cabinet support rate off to 68% amid bourse fall

Support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet dropped to 68 percent in the latest poll from 70.9 percent last month, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday. It is the first time since January that the Cabinet approval rating has fallen below 70 percent. Analysts say ...

Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

National Jun 3, 2013

Abe pledges ¥100 billion to stabilize Sahel

by Mizuho Aoki and Eric Johnston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to provide ¥100 billion in humanitarian and development assistance over five years to help stabilize Africa's conflict-torn Sahel region. "The key to realizing peace and stability is the effort and will of Africa itself to solve conflicts. Japan wants ...

Editorials May 31, 2013

Priorities in Myanmar

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Myanmar President Thein Sein on a visit to Myanmar on May 26 and pledged ¥91 billion in fresh aid to Myanmar — ¥51 billion in loans and ¥40 billion in grants — and waived another ¥190 billion in ...