Category Archives: Japan Politic

Confrontation escalates over U.S. base project in Okinawa


Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announces on Oct. 13 the rescinding of approval for land reclamation work at the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Masaru Komiyaji) October 13, 2015 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN As they have done so many times before, … Continue reading

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Cabinet reshuffle spares key Abe allies


Source: Reuters Published: 2015-10-7 23:08:01 Japanese PM shifts focus to economy following divisive security bills Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained close allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, playing it safe as he pivots back to … Continue reading

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Abenomics 2.0: A Reform Reboot For Japan?


Image Credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato The Japanese PM turns his attention from defense to his economic program. By Anthony Fensom September 30, 2015 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared “stage two” of his Abenomics program for resuscitating the Japanese economy, … Continue reading

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Japan: Farewell to ‘One Country Pacifism’


Image Credit: Japan SDF via YMZK-Photo / Shutterstock.com Why it is time to part ways with the traditional interpretations of Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution. By Eisuke Suzuki August 31, 2015   The current and ongoing parliamentary debates about the … Continue reading

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Japanese emperor’s WWII statement indicates dissatisfaction toward Abe


Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-8-16 13:02:44 Emperor of Japan Akihito on Saturday gave his own speech on WWII at an annual national memorial service, expressing his “deep remorse” over the past war. “Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings … Continue reading

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Philippines says former foe Japan is now a trusted friend


Philippine’s Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. PHOTO: AFP MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines said on Saturday that it had rebuilt a “strong friendship” with former foe Japan, as its neighbours criticised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to properly apologise for … Continue reading

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China voices strong dissatisfaction over Japan ministers’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine


BEIJING (AFP) – China’s foreign ministry on Saturday voiced “strong dissatisfaction” over a visit by a trio of Japanese cabinet ministers to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni shrine. “Some Japanese politicians chose this day to visit the shrine, which honours ‘Class A’ … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW/ Jamie Metzl: Japan needs ‘deeper historical accountability’


Jamie Metzl (Photo by Tadashi Sugiyama) August 15, 2015 By TADASHI SUGIYAMA/ Staff Writer NEW YORK–A U.S. expert on Asian affairs welcomed the word “apology” being included in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s war anniversary statement but emphasized that apology is … Continue reading

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U.S. welcomes Abe’s war anniversary statement


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his war anniversary statement in Tokyo on Aug. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun) August 15, 2015 REUTERS WASHINGTON–The United States on Aug. 14 welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement of deep remorse to mark the 70th … Continue reading

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Beijing, Seoul say Abe statement falls short on atonement for war


South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se (Asahi Shimbun file photo) August 15, 2015 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN China and South Korea were far from satisfied with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Aug. 14 statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end … Continue reading

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