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Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:34 AM

After an initial burst of support for the media-savvy Yuriko Koike, critics say the Tokyo governor has suffered by not running herself in the election, meaning voters for her party are not sure who they are electing as PM

POLITICAL LEADERS. Leaders of Japan's political parties, from L-R: head of Komeito, Natsuo Yamaguchi; ruling Liberal Democratic Party President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; head of Party of Hope and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike; and Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii pose for photographers before their debate ahead of general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Tokyo votes in local polls with national consequences

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Governor Yuriko Koike is hoping her coalition can beat the local arm of Shinzo Abe s ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP which holds a majority in the 127 seat Tokyo assembly

CHOOSING THEIR LEADERS. Voters cast their ballots for Tokyo metropolitan assembly election at a polling station in Tokyo on July 2, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo governor resigns over spending scandal

Jun 15, 2016 - 10:18 AM

4th UPDATE News of the resignation comes as Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe (R) walks past journalists at the Tokyo Metropolitan government headquarters in Tokyo on June 14, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan ruling party forms group to review modern history

Dec 22, 2015 - 10:04 PM

The group aims to study historical events after the first Sino Japanese War

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past a national flag made of flowers at an altar upon his arrival for a memorial service for those who died in the battle of Okinawa during World War II at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Japan's southern islands prefecture of Okinawa, on June 23, 2015. Japan on June 23 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, which killed 200,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

Japan's Abe uses paper cut-outs to explain security bills, Internet laughs

Jul 22, 2015 - 3:21 PM

Abe uses props on two different programs to try to persuade the public of his case on the controversial security bills

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a committee session debating the security bills at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA

Public support plunges for Japan PM Abe over defense bills

Jul 19, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Support for the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plunges to an all time low after it pushed unpopular defense bills through parliament despite public anger

QUESTION TIME. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from a lawmaker during a committee session debating the security bills at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan lawmakers pass security bills despite public anger

Jul 16, 2015 - 12:22 PM

UPDATED Opposition parties boycott the ballot which will loosen the shackles on the country s military with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s ruling coalition approving the legislation

'NO WAR.' Demonstrators shout slogans while holding banners reading 'No War' during a protest against the security-related legislation near the National Diet building in Tokyo, Japan, July 14, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan PM pushes bill to expand role of military

Jul 15, 2015 - 1:41 PM

Abe pushes legislation through a key panel despite surging public and parliamentary opposition

QUESTION TIME. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question from a lawmaker during a committee session debating the security bills at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan's ruling camp wins local polls in 'Abenomics' litmus test – media

Apr 13, 2015 - 11:42 AM

Candidates backed by Abe s Liberal Democratic Party LDP and junior coalition partner Komeito are elected in all of the 10 gubernatorial polls held on Sunday across the nation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 17 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Japan holds local elections in 'Abenomics' litmus test

Apr 12, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Shinzo Abe s ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP regards the polls as a litmus test to evaluate his drive to resuscitate Japan s fortunes dubbed Abenomics

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a keynote speech at the JFK International Symposium held at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, March 18, 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Abe pledges Japan constitution rewrite after election win

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Shinzo Abe s victory takes him a step closer to reviving his controversial a plan to rewrite Japan s pacifist constitution

VICTORY. Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe (C) and party members gesture during election campaigning in Tokyo on December 13, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe re-elected easily despite low turnout

Dec 14, 2014 - 7:22 PM

UPDATED A low turnout from unenthusiastic voters beset by a heavy snowfall could cast doubt on the endorsement he will claim for Abenomics – his signature plan to fix the country s flaccid economy

VICTORY. Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe (C) and party members gesture during election campaigning in Tokyo on December 13, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan kicks off election campaigning in 'Abenomics referendum'

Dec 02, 2014 - 11:43 AM

More than 1 180 candidates nationwide are vying for 475 legislative seats in the powerful lower house of parliament

'THERE IS ONLY THIS WAY' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), shows a paper writing his motto 'There is only this way' during a party leaders' debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan, 01 December 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Abe's party takes lead in polls ahead of Japan election

Nov 24, 2014 - 1:35 PM

A large number of votes were still up for grabs with the poll showing 45 of the 1 031 households surveyed as undecided

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the 17th ASEAN-Plus Three Summit in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 13 November 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED Their loss reduces to three the number of women in the cabinet after Abe s widely praised move in September to promote a record tying five to his administration

Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi leaves her office in Tokyo on October 18, 2014. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:09 PM

UPDATED Abe has repeatedly spoken of the need to get more women into the workforce to plug a growing gap in the labor market

NEW CABINET. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front C) with his new cabinet members during a photo session at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 03 September 2014. Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan PM to reshuffle cabinet to re-energize economic agenda

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:06 AM

The reshuffle will be the first major surgery Abe has performed since coming to power making the present cabinet one of the longest serving collectives since the end of World War II

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a joint press conference with his New Zealand counterpart John Key (not pictured) at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, 07 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

Historic shift as Japan expands scope of military

Jul 01, 2014 - 2:51 PM

UPDATED It is the most significant recasting of military policy since the pacifist constitution was written after World War II

PACIFIST NO MORE? In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top C) inspects troops of Japan's Self-Defence Force during a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Abe's real challenge: Japan's economy

Aug 18, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The key issue is whether Shinzo Abe understands the importance of economic recovery as the source of his legitimacy