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Japan's Abe cruises to party vote win, to stay as prime minister

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's win sets him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. File photo by  Geoff Robins/AFP

Japan ruling party under fire after MP calls LGBT 'unproductive'

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Mio Sugita says she would take the Liberal Democratic Party's warnings 'seriously,' but neither apologized nor withdrew her remarks against the LGBT community

Japan MP under fire for saying single women a 'state burden'

May 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The lawmaker later retracts his remarks

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

Abe vows to tackle North Korea threat ahead of Japan election

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'We will protect our country under stable politics,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a televised debate

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

Japan PM Abe's support dips to lowest level – polls

Jul 10, 2017 - 2:01 PM

For months Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been dogged by scandals most recently claims he showed favoritism to a friend in a business deal an accusation he denies

JAPAN'S LEADER. In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman on June 23, 2015. Photo by 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

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

Pro-EU candidate wins 'Brexit by-election' in London

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Voters in the London suburb of Richmond ousted a euroskeptic lawmaker in favor of a pro European candidate

Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond Park Sarah Olney (C) arrives in the count hall in Richmond, south-west London, on December 2, 2016 to hear the results of a by election. Justin Tallis/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

British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory

May 19, 2015 - 8:42 AM

The substantial business starts next week when the queen delivers a speech outlining the new government s program at the traditional state opening of parliament

PARLIAMENT IN ACTION. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (CL) speaking at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in London on May 18, 2015 as members of parliament convened for the first time since the May 7 general election. PRU/AFP

Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory

May 10, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Britain adjusts to a new political landscape after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 8, 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Surprise lead for Conservatives in UK election exit poll

May 08, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The centre right Conservatives are projected to win 316 seats compared to 239 for Ed Miliband s center left Labour party in a result that tears up pre election predictions

ELECTIONS. Election officials count ballot papers from the Hallam constituency of Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Britain, 07 May 2015. Photo by Nigel Roddis/EPA

How the UK parliamentary elections work

May 07, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The leader of the party that gains the majority of seats in the parliamentary election becomes the new prime minister

Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

May 07, 2015 - 3:08 PM

While the leaders of both main parties insist they can win a clear majority in the 650 seat House of Commons they will almost certainly have to work with smaller parties to form a government

POLLING BEGINS. Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage arrives at a polling station in Ramsgate, Kent, Britain, 07 May 2015. Britons are voting in a general election that will determine the UK's next prime minister. Photo by Hannah Mckay/EPA

Britain votes in election which could define its future

May 07, 2015 - 4:53 AM

The election looks set to deliver a minority government for the first time since 1974

PARLIAMENT. A CCTV camera is pictured against Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 02 April 2015. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

UK's election in numbers

May 06, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Take a look at the numbers and what they mean in this year s United Kingdom elections

Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election

May 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

While neither of the two main party leaders is talking in public about the possibility of a minority government the polls suggest that Britain is heading that way for the first time since 1997

KEEPING HIS SEAT? British Prime Minister David Cameron campaigns at a rally in St Ives, Cornwall, as part of his 36 hour non-stop tour of the UK, Britain, May 5, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Britain's boring election reaches gripping finale

May 04, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The vote could help decide whether Britain stays in the European Union and whether Scotland remains in Britain as well as putting some of Westminster s biggest names out of a job

SEAT OF POWER. A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London January 31, 2012. Andy Rain/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

Uncertainty the only certainty a month before UK election

Apr 06, 2015 - 2:59 PM

In one month Britain votes in a general election likely to put the nail in the coffin of two party politics and herald an uncertain future of coalitions alliances and horse trading

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Campaign kicks off for tight British election

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Opinion polls suggest that neither the center right Conservatives nor center left Labour will win an outright majority in the 650 seat House of Commons

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Shinzo Abe re-elected as Japanese prime minister

Dec 24, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The powerful lower house votes for the 60 year old Abe with 328 votes against 73 for acting opposition leader Katsuya Okada An upper house poll officially confirms Abe s reappointment

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, 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

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

Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his country favors the proposal to revise Japan s pacifist constitution

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the joint media statement after the Summit Meeting and Working Lunch at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

Fukushima operator pumps out toxic groundwater

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:24 PM

Tokyo Electric Power TEPCO began the work after it admitted last month that radioactive groundwater had been seeping out of the plant

TREADING CAREFULLY. A Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) employee in protective clothing works around water tanks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, 12 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Noboru Hashimoto / Pool

Japan: battle to stop Fukushima nuclear leaks 'urgent'

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Tokyo s more prominent role comes as critics slam plant operator Tokyo Electric Power and its handling of the more than 2 year old atomic crisis

A construction worker walks beside the underground water tank and water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. EPA/Toshifumi Kitamura

PM Abe wins big in Japan upper house poll

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:35 AM

UPDATE Win strengthens Abe s hand as he tries to push through painful but necessary structural reforms aimed at dragging Japan out of two decades of economic malaise

Abe bids for stronger hand as Japan votes

Jul 21, 2013 - 9:14 AM

Half of the 242 seats in the upper legislative chamber are up for grabs in what is expected to be the last national election for three years

MORE ABENOMICS? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises his fist to appeal support to his party during the final campaign of the Upper House election in Tokyo, Japan, 20 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Kimimasa Mayama