Putin, Abe seek progress on island row

2016-09-02 21:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have tried to make headway on a lingering territorial dispute as they sought to boost trade, but failed to make a breakthrough.

Japan cuts forecasts as Abe advisers urge stimulus

2016-07-13 13:34

Japan has cut its forecasts for growth and inflation as two key advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged coordinated stimulus to support the ailing economy.

Japan man guilty of flying drone to prime minister's office

2016-02-16 13:02

A court has convicted a Japanese man of landing a drone containing a bottle of radioactive sand from Fukushima on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office.

Abe's popularity drops after Japan defense laws passed

2015-09-21 15:17

Japanese public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dropped in the days since his ruling coalition rammed through legislation allowing the nation's troops to fight abroad, opinion polls have shown.

China slams Japan after Abe's wife visits war shrine

2015-08-21 14:03

China has hit out at Japan after the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine, saying the country should "deeply reflect" on its history of aggression.

Calls to abolish nukes on 70th anniversary of Nagasaki bombing

2015-08-09 08:11

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with a determination to lead the global effort of nuclear disarmament.

Japan wants Biden to probe reported US spying

2015-08-05 17:23

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called on US Vice President Joe Biden to investigate allegations by WikiLeaks that Washington spied on the Japanese government and companies.

Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

2015-07-22 12:18

Japanese Twitter users are howling in derision after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation.

Japan PM apologises over heckling at parliament

2015-06-01 09:43

Japan's parliamentary session opened with an unusual apology from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his heckling.

Japan PM's wife visits controversial shrine

2015-05-22 12:07

Japan's first lady has visited the Yasukuni shrine honouring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, in a move that risks outraging neighbouring countries that suffered under Japan's WWII aggression.


Africa, Japan partner to fight terrorism, piracy

2016-08-29 14:35

African leaders along with their Japanese counterparts have pledged to tame the rising threat of terrorism, while emphasising the importance of maritime order, as they concluded an international conference in Kenya.

Abe warns G7 leaders on risk of Lehman-scale crisis

2016-05-26 11:29

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has alerted G7 leaders to the risk of the world economy falling into a Lehman-like shock if policy measures aren’t taken.

Chinese gloat over Obama's turkey named Abe

2015-11-26 15:59

US President Barack Obama's has pardoned a turkey named "Abe" in a peculiar annual tradition and the pardoned turkey has led to Chinese gloating at the Japanese leader's expense.

Japan's PM, unopposed, renamed party leader

2015-09-08 11:16

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a new term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party after facing no opposition for the job.

Japan PM expresses 'deep remorse' for WWII aggression

2015-08-14 12:17

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, has expressed 'deep remorse' for the country's aggression during World War II, adding that it is a 'mistake that we followed the path of war'.

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

2015-08-06 11:37

Tens of thousands have gathered in Hiroshima to mark 70 years since the dropping of the first atomic bomb, with opinion still divided over whether its deadly destruction was justified.

Abe asks Biden for investigation of possible US spying

2015-08-05 11:19

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has asked US Vice President Joe Biden for an investigation into possible spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials following WikiLeaks' release last week of a list of spying targets.

Japan's Abe pledges to improve ties with South Korea

2015-06-22 11:12

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has pledged to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of 50 years of diplomatic ties.

$4.5m win for Japanese teachers forced to sing anthem

2015-05-26 11:06

A Japanese court has awarded millions of dollars in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem.

Japan cabinet to OK military expansion rules

2015-05-14 15:43

Japan’s cabinet is expected to approve a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.

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