World News | Reuters | Friday July 24, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is using 'anime' cartoons, Internet chats and even an unusual show-and-tell TV appearance, complete with a mockup of burning buildings, in an effort to persuade wary voters that his bolder defence policy makes sense.
World News | Reuters | Monday July 20, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended controversial security bills that have sparked protests from voters worried they violate the country's pacifist constitution, after polls showed a drop in popular support for his government.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Sunday July 19, 2015
Support for the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has plunged to an all-time low after it pushed unpopular defense bills through parliament despite public anger, according to a new poll.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday July 23, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today ordered a complete review of plans for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium amid growing public anger over its $2-billion price tag.
World News | Reuters | Thursday July 16, 2015
Legislation for a dramatic change in Japan's defence policy that loosens constraints on the military was approved by parliament's lower house on Thursday, despite huge popular protests and a dent in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ratings.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday July 15, 2015
Legislation for a dramatic change in Japan's defence policy that could allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II was approved by a lower house panel today, despite opposition from a majority of ordinary voters.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday July 13, 2015
Step aside Abe-nomics, the Shinzo Abe brand wagon is rolling on... into honey, after the Japanese prime minister's wife decided to establish a beehive at their official residence.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Sunday July 12, 2015
Japan's top security diplomat could visit China as early as this week ahead of a possible visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to repair strained ties between the neighbours, local media said today.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday July 7, 2015
Atomic fuel was being loaded into a reactor in southern Japan today as its operator prepared to restart operations despite widespread public opposition to the technology.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday July 6, 2015
Japan today celebrated the inscription of Meiji-era industrial sites on UNESCO's World Heritage list, despite initial opposition from Seoul over the use of forced Korean labourers in the early 20th century.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday June 25, 2015
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights made an emotional plea today for victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery to have their suffering recognised, and urged the country's prime minister to meet with the former "comfort women".
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday June 25, 2015
Japan today executed a man who robbed and killed a woman after plotting the crime with accomplices he met online.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday June 24, 2015
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights met with three ageing "comfort women" on a visit to Seoul on Wednesday and promised to continue advocating on behalf of South Korean victims of Japan's wartime system of sex slavery.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 23, 2015
South Korea's ageing victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery said today they would file a $20 million lawsuit next month at a US court to seek financial compensation from Tokyo.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday June 22, 2015
Japan's parliament voted Monday to extend its current session by more than three months, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces strong opposition over plans to extend the military's role in the officially pacifist nation.
World News | Reuters | Monday June 22, 2015
South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties today with a push to mend relations strained by a territorial dispute and a feud over Japan's wartime past.
World News | Reuters | Sunday June 21, 2015
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held talks with his South Korean counterpart today in a bid to mend ties strained by a territorial dispute and a feud over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Sunday June 21, 2015
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se arrived in Japan today on his first visit since taking office, as the two countries mark 50 years of diplomatic relations despite current strains.
World News | Reuters | Friday June 19, 2015
Japan hopes to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic later this year, a top official said today, despite a finding by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that Tokyo had yet to prove the kill was scientifically justified.
World News | Reuters | Thursday June 18, 2015
As Japan and South Korea near their 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the two are sending conflicting signals over whether they can resolve a feud over 'comfort women' forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels that has chilled ties.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday June 17, 2015
South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will visit Tokyo on Sunday, the first such trip in four years, as the US allies prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalisation of ties amid a chill because of feuds over the wartime past.
World News | Reuters | Monday June 15, 2015
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has fallen to the lowest level since he took office in 2012, to just over 40 percent, with nearly two-thirds of voters opposed to his muscular defense policy that would end a self-imposed ban on the military fighting overseas, a weekend media survey showed.
India News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday June 10, 2015
India, Japan and Australia are on the "same page" over increasing assertiveness of China in the disputed South China Sea, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki said on tuesday.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday June 9, 2015
The commonalities between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are helping economies of the two countries in making "upward trends", Japan's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akitaka Saiki said on Tuesday.