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Japan’s Abe re-elected in low-turnout polls

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a TV interview on ballot counting for the lower house elections at his Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate.  AP PHOTO/SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate.

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

Japan heads to polls; Abe seen to retain power

A supporter of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party holds Japan's national flag and the party's leaflet during an election campaign by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, one day before Parliament's lower house election, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Prime Minister Abe is counting on a landslide victory in parliamentary elections Sunday that will likely return his ruling coalition to power with an even bigger majority, empowering him to pursue an ambitious agenda of political and economic reforms. The words on the leaflet read: There’s no other ways for economic recovery but our way.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

      TOKYO, Japan – Voters began casting ballots in Japan on Sunday for a general election likely to return Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to power, and billed as a referendum on his economic policy.   Polling stations opened at 7:00 am (2200 GMT Saturday) across the nation in a lower house election, officials […]

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

Second Japanese female cabinet minister resigns – PM Abe

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Two of the five women in Shinzo Abe’s Japanese cabinet resigned Monday beset by allegations of misusing political funds, dealing a blow to the prime minister’s efforts to boost the profile of women.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan industry minister resigns over make-up scandal – reports

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Japan’s industry minister resigned Monday over claims she spent political donations on make-up and other items unconnected to politics, reports said, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan’s first lady says husband helps with chores

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Akie said on Thursday that her husband gives her time for a wide range of activities, from raising organic rice to appearing in a gay pride parade. Despite her husband's conservative image, she says he does chores when he can. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan’s first lady says she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it’s up to the prime minister to do the dishes or take out the garbage.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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