In Abe's future, a nationalist rewrite of the past?

Reference | FYI Mar 13, 2013

In Abe's future, a nationalist rewrite of the past?

by Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has kept a diplomatically low profile, particularly over historical issues, focusing instead on economic and other domestic matters ahead of the July Upper House election. But if his Liberal Democratic Party fares well in the polls and adds an Upper House ...

Road map for Fukushima evacuees due in summer: Abe

National Mar 12, 2013

Road map for Fukushima evacuees due in summer: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he has plans to unveil a road map this summer on promoting infrastructure-building to allow nuclear evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture to return as early as possible. "There is a need to create an environment in which each disaster-affected person ...

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

National / Politics Mar 12, 2013

Futenma replacement to stay in Okinawa: Abe

Despite the outcry in Okinawa, replacing U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with a new base outside the prefecture will be difficult given Japan's worsening security environment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Monday. Addressing a Diet committee, Abe also criticized North Korea for ratcheting up ...

Editorials Mar 12, 2013

Approach trade talks cautiously

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should carefully consider whether Japan's interests will be served in the negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Abe vows to speed up reconstruction from 3/11 disasters

National Mar 11, 2013

Abe vows to speed up reconstruction from 3/11 disasters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed Monday his resolve to accelerate reconstruction work on the second anniversary of the March 2011 megaquake and tsunami disaster. "The government will listen to the local voices and work as one," Abe said in a video message posted Monday morning ...

National / Politics Mar 9, 2013

Abe plans summit with Saudi king

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Saudi Arabia for a summit with King Abdullah as part of his Middle East tour during the Golden Week holidays, diplomatic sources said. It would be the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a Japanese prime minister since ...

Ceremony to mark '52 return to sovereignty

National Mar 8, 2013

Ceremony to mark '52 return to sovereignty

by Reiji Yoshida

An official ceremony commemorating the 61st anniversary of the date the San Francisco Peace Treaty, officially ending World War II, came into force will be held on April 28, government officials said Thursday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed the government's plan during a Lower House ...

National / Politics Mar 4, 2013

Obama to Abe: China raised tensions over Senkakus

U.S. President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he understands China has raised tensions over the Senkaku Islands during their summit talks in Washington last month, sources close to the bilateral relationship said. In the inaugural meeting of the two leaders Feb. 22, ...

Editorials Mar 2, 2013

Mr. Abe's plan for Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday delivered his second policy speech during the current Diet session. He started his speech with the phrase "a strong Japan." He seems to have strong attachment to the word "strong." At the outset of his speech, he said ...