National Oct 21, 2013

Abe to rule new special zone panel

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to establish and head a new government panel to promote deregulation by launching special economic zones, part of his economic growth strategy, government sources said Monday. Abe told a Diet committee that he may even exclude some Cabinet members ...

National / Politics Oct 21, 2013

Abe weighing big picture on Yasukuni trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will decide "from a broad perspective" whether to visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by the end of the year, the government's top spokesman said Monday. "The prime minister himself will decide from a broad perspective. That says it all," Chief Cabinet Secretary ...

Abe skirts Yasukuni snare

National / Politics Oct 19, 2013

Abe skirts Yasukuni snare

On visiting war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe balances fragile ties with China and South Korea with pleasing his conservative support base.

National / Politics Oct 18, 2013

China summons Japan's ambassador over Yasukuni visits

The Chinese government summoned Japan's ambassador Friday to issue a protest after a minister in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet and about 160 lawmakers visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned Japanese Ambassador Masato Kitera to express "strong condemnation" ...

National Oct 17, 2013

Japan P.M. sends offering to war-linked shrine

by Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dedicated a "masakaki" decorated wooden stick offering used in Shinto rituals to Yasukuni Shrine, but did not visit the war-related shrine for the major autumn ceremony that began Thursday. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura similarly dedicated a masakaki, ...

Exchange student who gave life hailed

National Oct 17, 2013

Exchange student who gave life hailed

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye praised exchange student Lee Su-hyon, who died 12 years ago Thursday attempting to save a Japanese man who had fallen off a Tokyo train platform onto the tracks. It's the first time the leaders of ...