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Labor shortage woes force Japan to pry open door to migrant workers

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The Japan government wants to allow foreign workers as early as next April, granting visas for up to 5 years to those employed in industries facing chronic shortages such as agriculture, nursing and construction

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan Cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Among the sectors in Japan suffering from labor shortages are agriculture, construction, hospitality/tourism, and nursing

BLUE COLLAR. If the proposed law is passed, Japan will allow the hiring of foreign construction workers.  Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticizes a South Korean court ruling, saying it was 'impossible' under international law to order Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation over forced wartime labor

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Shinzo Abe's visit is the first by a Japanese premier since 2011 and is part of a years-long process of repairing relations in the wake of a disastrous falling-out in 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that "the gig is up." GEOFF ROBINS / AFP

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations

ABE IN CHINA? This file photo shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership during the 31st ASEAN summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Manila. File photo by Russell Palma/Pool photo

Japan PM Abe open to summit with N. Korea's Kim

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians

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 conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the drill, which he says does not aim to target 'a particular nation'

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (R) attend a debate for the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on September 14, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Putin proposes Russia, Japan agree to historic peace deal

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Putin's sudden proposal comes just two days after he said that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia was unlikely to be settled soon

PEACE DEAL? Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and China's President Xi Jinping (R) attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Japan PM Abe visits quake-hit Hokkaido as toll rises to 42

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will release 540 million yen ($4.9 million) from a reserve fund for the disaster

Strong typhoon hits flood-hit western Japan

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Cimaron Cimaron is seen packing maximum gusts of 198 kilometer (123 miles) per hour as of the evening, bringing heavy winds and rain to the western region

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 PM meets rain disaster survivors, pledges more aid

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says the toll is now 204 dead, with 28 people still missing

PRAYER. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) and Ehime Prefecture Governor Tokihiro Nakamura (L) offer a silent prayer for disaster victims in Seiyo City, Ehime prefecture on July 13, 2018. Photo from Japan pool via Jiji Press/AFP

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:17 AM

With around 60 people still feared missing, local authorities say they will continue searching house by house looking for survivors, or victims

SEARCH. A member of Maritime Self Defense Forces searches for missing persons at a flood damage site in Kure, Hiroshima prefecture on July 12, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump described migration as a big problem for Europe. He then told Japan's Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon."

ALLIES. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

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Trump to host Abe at White House on June 7

May 29, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump less than a week from the US-North Korea summit

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Trump, Abe: 'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea weapons

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The pair discuss 'recent developments in North Korea' and confirm 'they would meet again to continue close coordination in advance of the expected meeting between the United States and North Korea'

Putin, Abe pledge to 'reinforce cooperation'

May 26, 2018 - 11:46 PM

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe also hopes for a 'new breakthrough' in settling the territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands

ABE IN RUSSIA. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 26, 2018. Photo by Grigory Dukor/AFP

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

May 26, 2018 - 7:58 PM

During a visit to Moscow, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe presents the puppy to Zagitova, who won gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics

North Korea's Kim Jong Un willing to talk to Japan 'any time' – Seoul

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

Japan, a key US ally in Asia, has long maintained a hardline position on negotiations with Pyongyang but has found itself left on the sidelines of the recent whirlwind diplomatic activity

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) signs the guest book next to his sister Kim Yo Jong (R) during the Inter-Korean summit with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in sat down to a historic summit on April 27 after shaking hands over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism. / AFP PHOTO / Korea Summit Press Pool / Korea Summit Press Pool

Trump reveals direct North Korea contacts, OKs peace talks

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have not spoken directly, but the US president confirms that Washington and Pyongyang had been in contact at 'very high levels' to prepare for a historic meeting between them

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

Trump hosts Abe with North Korea, trade on the agenda

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:14 PM

With Shinzo Abe's approval rating languishing at its lowest level in years and Donald Trump mired in controversies and crises too numerous to list, both are under pressure

SECOND VISIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to the US on April 17, hoping his carefully cultivated relations with 'golf buddy' Donald Trump will help keep Japan in the loop and out of danger amid a flurry of diplomacy on North Korea. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Japan's Abe 'not involved' in doctoring documents – key official

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:24 PM

Nobuhisa Sagawa says only his office took part in altering key documents relating to a controversial land sale, potentially easing the pressure on the embattled Abe

ABE. In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe weighing talks with North Korea's Kim – reports

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

However, there have been no public proposals of talks by either Pyongyang or Tokyo

SUMMIT? Local media reports that Japan is considering a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photos by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan ministry admits altering documents in scandal dogging Abe

Mar 12, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The original documents include the names of several politicians, which were deleted before being submitted to lawmakers, mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun and other media report on Monday.

ABE SCANDAL. Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered 7 years on

Mar 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Authorities are encouraging evacuees to return, but a government survey released earlier this month showed that about half the residents of Namie and Tomioka are not willing to return

REMEMBER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) bows to Prince Akishino (2nd R) and Princess Kiko (R) during the seventh national memorial service for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Tokyo March 11, 2018. Photo by Shizuo Kambayasho/AFP

Japan official linked to Abe cronyism row found dead – reports

Mar 09, 2018 - 9:27 PM

A second key official steps down over the scandal, Finance Minister Taro Aso says

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee at parliament in Tokyo on February 5, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

'Kimchi diplomacy' for two Koreas in Olympic rapprochement

Feb 10, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) There is speculation Pyongyang could invite South Korea President Moon Jae-in to visit for a summit later this year

TOP-LEVEL TALKS. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (3rd R) talks with Kim Yo Jong (2nd L), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (3rd L) during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

2 Japan pilots confirmed dead after army helicopter crash

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government would investigate the crash, and apologizes for the incident

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee at parliament in Tokyo on February 5, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan, Australia push for defense pact amid regional tension

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Diplomats are putting the finishing touches to the proposed defense pact, which would be the first of its kind for Japan and would make Australia Tokyo's closest military partner after the United States

INSPECTING HARDWARE. Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (2nd L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) listen to a briefing on the PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher while visiting the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces' Narashino camp in Funabashi, Chiba on January 18, 2018. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan ready to send help for victims of Vinta

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Japan stands with the Philippines in overcoming this time of difficulties. Japan is ready to provide assistance needed by your country,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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Japan emperor to abdicate in April 2019

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor's abdication and the succession of the crown prince,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

ABDICATION. In this file photo, Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

North Korea claims nuclear statehood with U.S. in missile strike range

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM

(UPDATED) The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snaps a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump

IN THE NEWS. A man walks past a television screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Japan to help in Marawi rehab, maritime law enforcement

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Japan also says it will also be helping anti-terrorism efforts in Asia

PARTNERS. President Duterte stands between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as they pose for photos for the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) - Japan Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Pool

PH one step closer to Japan loan for Metro Manila subway

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) Officials of the Philippines and Japan exchange notes on the highly-anticipated subway project and 4 other deals

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to North Korea's Kim: Don't end life on this planet

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:12 PM

During his bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, the Philippine President cautions North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that it's not in his country's interest for him to 'swagger around and threaten the world'

Japan PM Abe arrives in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second visit to the Philippines with Duterte as president

PH, JAPAN. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Trump dump delights peckish Japanese fish, outrages Twitter

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:27 PM

It turns out the US president is merely following his host's lead, as Abe has previously sprinkled out the remains of his box into the pond

Trump warns time for 'patience' on North Korea is over

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The North's nuclear program is 'a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability,' Trump tells reporters

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump opens door to North Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump kicks off his Asia tour in earnest as he holds talks with Japanese leaders about tackling the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea

US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Yokota Air Base, November 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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