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Japan emperor abdication set for March 2019 – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet top officials and members of the royal household next month before announcing the date, the Asahi Shimbun reports, citing unnamed government sources

ABDICATION. In this file photo, Japanese Emperor Akihito delivers his opening address for the extraordinary Diet session at the National Diet in Tokyo on August 1, 2016. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Gloves off as Japan election campaign starts

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces an unexpected and fierce challenge from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's 'Party of Hope'

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike waves to the audience during an election campaign appearance at an entrance of a train station in Tokyo on October 10, 2017. Tokyo's popular governor Yuriko Koike launched a bitter attack on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 10 as the gloves came off for the official start of a snap election campaign in the world's third-largest economy. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

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's Abe dissolves parliament ahead of tough election battle

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Voters in the world's third-biggest economy are expected to go to the polls on October 22, as Abe seeks a fresh popular mandate for his hardline stance on North Korea and a new tax plan

MOVING FORWARD. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) applauds as the lower house of the parliament approved the snap election in Tokyo on September 28, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan's Abe triggers snap election amid North Korea crisis

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) The prime minister did not give a date for the election but it will reportedly be on October 22

In this file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waits for a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly September 21, 2017 in New York City. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Japan FM urges countries to cut ties with North Korea

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono estimates that North Korea would lose 90% of its export revenue if all nations implemented existing UN Security Council resolutions

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Japan PM eyes snap election this year – reports

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Abe floated the idea of holding a vote on October 22 or October 29 in meetings with senior ruling party officials, Jiji Press and the Asahi Shimbun report

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

India's first bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo who are seeking to combat China s growing regional influence

BULLET TRAIN. This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on September 14, 2017 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looking at a railway station model at a ground breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project in Ahmedabad. PIB/Handout/AFP

Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Japan will provide 85 of the total project cost of 19 billion in soft loans

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

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. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Indonesia kecam uji coba peluncuran rudal Korut ke Jepang

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Korut pada Selasa pagi meluncurkan rudal ke arah utara Pulau Hokkaido Jepang

JALUR RUDAL. Seorang pejalan kaki melewati televisi yang menampilkan jalur peluncuran rudal dari Korea Utara menuju ke Hokkaido, Jepang pada Selasa, 29 Agustus. Foto oleh Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Abe, Trump agree to hike pressure on North Korea

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Abe: We must immediately hold an emergency meeting at the United Nations and further strengthen pressure against North Korea

MISSILE PATH. A pedestrian passes by a television screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe donates to controversial war shrine on anniversary

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:53 AM

A member of Japan s ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Abe had sent the monetary offering this year in his capacity as president of the party not as prime minister

In this file photo, people visit the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on August 15, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Beleaguered Japan PM seeks new start with cabinet revamp

Aug 03, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED Shinzo Abe has seen public support rates plummet in the past few months over an array of political troubles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manila on January 12, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

Trump, Abe deem North Korea 'a grave and growing' threat – White House

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:25 PM

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agree that North Korea s missile program poses a grave and growing direct threat the White House says

People watch as coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Japan defense chief resignation blow to PM Abe

Jul 28, 2017 - 11:37 AM

UPDATED Tomomi Inada s nearly year long stint has been characterized by repeated controversy including increasing criticism of the ministry s handling of log reports filed by Japanese peacekeepers in South Sudan showing worsening security

RESIGNATION. Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada bows at the end of her press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on July 28, 2017. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan flood death toll rises to 30

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:43 PM

Thousands of police soldiers and rescue workers are searching for 19 people who remain unaccounted for according to local officials

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

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

Japan, EU seal landmark trade deal in challenge to Trump

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:38 PM

The breakthrough caps 4 years of talks and comes on the eve of a G20 meeting in Germany at which Trump is expected to defend his protectionist stance on trade

European Council President Donald Tusk (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) during a press conference after an EU-Japan summit at the European Council on July 6, 2017, in Brussels. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top EU officials agreed on July 6 to the broad outline of a landmark trade deal, presented as a direct challenge to protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Japan PM Abe stung by huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED The polls seen as a bellwether for national political sentiment come as Abe is buffeted by a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/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

Japan parliament passes emperor abdication law

Jun 02, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The one off bill is widely expected to become law next week after passage through the upper house

ABDICATING? A file picture dated January 2, 2015 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito waving to well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass from a balcony during the New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

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Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

May 19, 2017 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED Parliament will now debate and give final approval to the first abdication in 200 years

SUCCESSION. In this file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito (2nd L) and Empress Michiko (R) look out at well-wishers while Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (2nd R) walk behind as they make a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

May 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

President Moon Jae In begins shaping his approach to the nuclear armed North

CALLING MR XI. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In talks over the telephone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 11, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

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Duterte, Abe may sign Mega Manila subway deal in November

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the two leaders may sign the deal when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comes to Manila for the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

JAPAN'S HELPING HAND. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Malacañang during the Japanese leader's two-day visit to Manila. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Pence reassures Japan as North Korea threatens 'weekly' tests

Apr 18, 2017 - 1:15 PM

3rd UPDATE As fears grow that it may also be preparing for its sixth nuclear weapons test North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said that its program would only escalate

ARRIVAL. US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen arrive in Tokyo, April 18, 2017. Photo courtesy Vice President's office/ Twitter

Japanese nationalist claims cash from Abe as scandal deepens

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Yasunori Kagoike whose purchase of government land is under scrutiny tells lawmakers he received 9 000 from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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

Two decades of efforts to disarm North Korea 'have failed' – Tillerson

Mar 16, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Tillerson also responds to US President Trump s plan to unveil a budget blueprint that will call for slashing State Department funding by 28

TILLERSON IN JAPAN. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida (R) at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/Pool/AFP

Tillerson begins Asia tour amid North Korea crisis

Mar 15, 2017 - 2:52 PM

UPDATED U S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has promised to take a tough line on Kim Jong un s isolated regime as he talks to allies Japan and South Korea and to rival great power China

DEPARTURE. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane at Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany, February 17, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korea missiles 'drill for strike on U.S. bases' – KCNA

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED The military units involved are tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency KCNA says

Television news coverage showing archive footage of a North Korean missile launch is broadcast on a public screen in Seoul on March 6, 2017. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

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Trump, Abe retreat to Florida for golf diplomacy

Feb 12, 2017 - 7:59 AM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump: I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan its great ally 100

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International airport as they prepare to spend part of the weekend together at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 10, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump welcomes Abe with warm White House embrace

Feb 11, 2017 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED In a statement Trump offers reassurances the US would come to Japan s defense if China were to seize the disputed Senkaku islands known as the Diaoyu in China

TRUMP AND ABE. US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference on February 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, DC.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Japan PM Abe in Washington for talks with Trump

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Abe is looking to form a personal bond with the mercurial property mogul turned president amid strains between Washington and Tokyo over Trump s destruction of a trans Pacific trade deal

US VISIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Matsuzaki arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland just outside Washington, DC on February 9, 2017.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Japan's Abe heads for Trump summit with jobs package

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Abe will dangle proposals linked to the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US ranging from high speed rail projects to private cash from Japanese companies

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises a hand to ask permission to answer questions during a budget committee morning session of the House of Representatives at the Diet in Tokyo on February 1, 2017. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

U.S. stands '100%, shoulder-to-shoulder' with Japan – Mattis

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:52 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis: I wanted to make certain that Article Five of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago 5 years ago and it will be a year and 10 years from now

Pentagon chief Mattis arrives in South Korea amid Trump uncertainty

Feb 02, 2017 - 4:11 PM

It is the first overseas tour by a senior official in the Trump administration as concerns rise about the direction of American policy in the region under the protectionist and fiery US leader

South Korean christians supporting US President Donald Trump hold placards during a rally to welcome the visit of the US Defense Secretary James Mattis in Seoul on February 2, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump vows better Russia ties, reassures NATO allies

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Japan says foreign workers top record 1 million

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The ministry said the jump largely reflected an increase in the number of foreign students and highly skilled workers

INDUSTRY. Workers assemble LCD 4K televisions on an assembly line at the Utsunomiya Plant of Japan's electronics giant Panasonic in Utsunomiya, 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, on September 21, 2016. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

One-off abdication law eyed for Japan emperor

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:21 PM

UPDATED The option is one of several presented by the group of experts charged with sorting out the thorny issue They are expected to make a final recommendation in March

Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) waves to well-wishers next to Empress Michiko (R) on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan pledges fresh aid to Vietnam for security, maritime affairs

Jan 16, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces the 130 billion yen loan package during a two day visit to Vietnam

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Hanoi on January 16, 2017. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defense ties amid China challenge

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Japan will actively encourage cooperation on maritime security and encourage the development of the remote islands of Indonesia

BILATERAL TIES. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) chat during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor on January 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

#AnimatED: Abe’s smart diplomacy

Jan 16, 2017 - 11:20 AM

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FOTO: Kunjungan PM Jepang Shinzo Abe ke Indonesia

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Ada empat poin utama yang dibahas dari pertemuan bilateral kedua pemimpin

Presiden Joko Widodo (kiri) menyambut Perdana Menteri Jepang Shinzo Abe di Istana Bogor, Bogor, Jawa Barat, Minggu, 15 Januari. Kunjungan PM Shinzo Abe ke Indonesia untuk membahas sejumlah agenda, antara lain kerja sama ekonomi kedua negara, membahas isu regional seperti keamanan dan stabilitas kawasan untuk menguatkan peran EAS (East Asian Summit). Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/ANTARA

4 kesepakatan utama Indonesia-Jepang tahun ini

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Salah satunya Indonesia meminta Jepang pertimbangkan rencana peningkatan konektivitas udara dengan pembukaan jalur penerbangan Garuda Indonesia rute Jakarta Los Angeles via Tokyo

Pernyataan pers bersama Presiden Jokowi dan PM Jepang Shinzo Abe, di Istana Kepresidenan Bogor, Jabar, pada 15 Januari 2017. Foto dari

Dev't aid 'highest ever' under Duterte – Dominguez

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the President through his astute diplomatic skills has raised around P890 billion in official development assistance

PH FUND RAISER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Davao City businessmen in Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. Photo by Karl Alonzo/PPD