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Japan's Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Shinzo Abe appoints new foreign and defense ministers and promotes a political risings star in his cabinet reshuffling

TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI. Japan Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Trump says 'not happy' about latest North Korea missile test

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes the opposite view, saying North Korea's latest missile test was a clear violation of UN rules

BILATERAL MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Bellevue in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., Japan agree on trade deal 'in principle'

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirms the US and Japan 'successfully reached consensus' after 'intense' negotiations

TRUMP AND ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump look at each other during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito's comments are monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow at an altar during an annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost at war, on August 15, 2019, as the country marks the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Abe vows to reform constitution despite no 'supermajority'

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition retains its majority in the upper house in Sunday's vote for around the half the seats in the chamber, but falls short of securing a two-thirds majority in favor of revising the constitution

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Shinzo Abe gestures as he responds to questions during a television interview following the Parliament's upper house election at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on July 21, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe on course to retain majority in upper house election

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:01 PM

A win means Shinzo Abe will be able to stay in power until November 2019, when he will break the record of the nation's longest-serving premiership

PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bloc is expected to retain a majority in Japan's upper house. File photo by AFP

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Japan PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Japanese government officials say Shinzo Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, but instead wants to play the role of neutral intermediary

RARE DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by stringer/AFP

Japan's Abe in Tehran mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Shinzo Abe is expected to arrive in Tehran at around 1120 GMT (7:20 pm, Manila time) and go straight into talks with President Hassan Rouhani

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) waves to well-wishers upon his departure at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on June 12, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

PH, Japan forge stronger cooperation on defense, maritime security

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

During their summit meeting in Tokyo, among the topics President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed was 'advancing the rule of law, including in the South China Sea,' a Palace statement says

SUMMIT MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliver a joint statement after their summit meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Japan for forum, meeting with Abe

May 28, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver a speech at Nikkei's prestigious International Conference on the Future of Asia

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

Trump becomes first foreign leader to meet Japan's new emperor

May 27, 2019 - 9:10 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's palace visit in the morning, followed by a royal banquet in the evening, is the main event in a feel-good trip

Trump tees up Japan summit with Abe golf match

May 26, 2019 - 2:42 PM

While Abe and Trump are at the golf course, their wives Melania and Akie enjoy a display of 'digital art' at an exhibition that has been a smash hit in Tokyo

GOLF BUDDIES. US President Donald Trump (C) waits in a golf cart to board Marine One after playing a round of golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Mobara Country Club in Chiba on May 26, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump arrives in Japan for sumo summit with Abe

May 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Japanese and US officials hail as 'unprecedented' the relationship between Trump and his 'golf buddy', Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair will again find time for a round to cement their diplomatic bromance

SUMO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves next to First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on May 25, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/Pool/AFP

Trump to get royal treatment on Japan emperor visit

May 23, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The decision by Japan to put Trump at the head of the line for Naruhito illustrates the unique bond between the one-time bitterest of enemies, while delivering rival China a timely reminder that the United States is not alone in Asia

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

Japan's Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war shrine

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million war dead but also top World War II criminals, has frequently been a source of sour relations with countries that suffered from Japan's military atrocities

Japan's Abe to visit U.S., France on pre-G20 tour

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The tour from April 22 to 29 will also include stops in Italy, Belgium and Slovakia, a foreign ministry official says

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during 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's Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for Nobel after U.S. request – report

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The report comes after US President Donald Trump's claim that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had nominated him for the prize

(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

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

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Abe vows Kim meeting to 'break shell of mutual distrust'

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and restore diplomatic relations between the two countries

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan enacts controversial law to accept foreign workers

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Opposition parties raise questions about the law, claiming that it fails to consider its potential impact on Japanese society and does not protect foreign workers' rights

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

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

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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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'