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Leaders of Japan and South Korea to meet next week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe AP FILE PHOTO

The leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet in Europe next week in what the United States hopes will be a step toward repairing relations between its two Asian allies.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan’s PM says no change to comfort women apology

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe AP FILE PHOTO

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday his government is not considering a revision of the country’s 1993 apology for forcing South Korean and other women to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20B pledge

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) raises a toast with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a welcome dinner of the Japan-ASEAN commemorative summit hosted by Abe at his official residence in Tokyo on December 13, 2013. Japan will pledge 20 billion USD in aid to Southeast Asian countries at a 11-nation summit this weekend as it looks to shore-up ties in a region increasingly dominated by China, reports said on December 13. AFP

Japan pledged $20 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asia on Saturday, in its latest charm offensive to woo global public opinion in a territorial dispute with China.

Posted: December 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

PM Abe wins big in Japan upper house poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

Voters handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a thumping victory in upper house elections Sunday, exit polls showed, likely ushering in a new period of stability for politically volatile Japan.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan PM renews claim on disputed islands

This handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard on January 19, 2013 shows a Chinese Marine Surveillance ship cruising inside waters around the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea.  AFP  / JAPAN COAST GUARD FILE PHOTO

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his claims on disputed East China Sea islands as he visited nearby islands. He urged border security officials to boost their guard against China’s increased activity in the region.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan disowns outspoken mayor’s comfort women remarks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

Japan’s defense minister on Saturday disowned remarks by an outspoken Japanese mayor who said “comfort women” forced to provide sex during World War II were a military necessity.

Posted: June 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan PM Abe escapes injury in five-car collision

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

A limousine carrying Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was involved in a five-car pile-up at a toll gate in Tokyo on Saturday but he escaped without any injuries, police said.

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

PM says ‘Japan’s back,’ vows stronger ties with US

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. AP

Japan’s new prime minister declared Friday he would make his country a stronger U.S. ally and joined President Barack Obama in warning North Korea that its recent nuclear provocations would not be tolerated.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan’s new PM to visit White House in February

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

The United States on Friday invited Japan’s new prime minister to the White House next month, as the Asian nation’s top diplomat signaled the government’s intent to strengthen security ties with the US.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Fukushima ‘unprecedented challenge’— new Japan PM

JAPAN, OKUMA : This handout picture taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on April 13, 2012 shows a wrecked 35-ton crane inside a fuel spent pool at the unit three reactor building of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. AFP

The clean-up at Fukushima after its tsunami-sparked nuclear meltdowns is unlike anything humanity has ever tried, Japan’s prime minister said Saturday during a tour of the plant.

Posted: December 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Abe elected as Japan’s prime minister by lower house of parliament

Shinzo Abe. FILE PHOTO

TOKYO – Shinzo Abe was elected as Japan’s prime minister by lower house of parliament Wednesday.

Posted: December 26th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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