Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, despite flaring tensions between the two U.S. allies over decades-old disputes.
As a siren warned of an approaching North Korean missile, hundreds of people in central Tokyo hurried for cover in buildings and under ground.
With the Trump administration warning of a possible war with North Korea, U.S. allies in Asia are sounding the alarm on another risk: a clash with China in the western Pacific.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited a paratrooper base and is set to attend a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council on a trip Thursday to Tokyo that emphasizes the two countries’ determination to strengthen defense ties -- even at the risk of irritating China.
A Japanese cabinet minister’s criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s energy policies may say more about his own political prospects than it does about the country’s debate over clean power.
Two of North Korea’s closest neighbors have criticized Canada’s effort to help coordinate the international response to Kim Jong Un’s weapons program.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda should stay on for a second term to handle the potential fallout from five years of unprecedented monetary easing, according to the leader of an opposition party and former official at the central bank.
Japan reacted angrily after a South Korean government-backed panel said Wednesday that the nations’ two-year old agreement over wartime sex slaves didn’t properly reflect the views of the women coerced into military brothels before and during World War II.
The leader of Japan’s main opposition party said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is treating the nation’s 70-year-old pacifist constitution as a “toy” in an effort to define his own political legacy.
But some senior Japanese lawmakers have broken a long-held taboo and called for debate.
Japan needs the "overwhelming" capacity to retaliate against a possible North Korean attack as a way to deter the isolated nation from using nuclear weapons, former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said in an interview this week.
Japan’s cabinet approved the introduction of two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense batteries, adding to its existing two-layered defense against North Korea’s growing missile and nuclear weapons threat.
People in Japan and China see ties between Asia’s two biggest economies as improving, but relations are still pretty bad.
Few Japanese followed official warnings to take shelter following the launch of North Korean ballistic missiles in August and September, according to a Japanese government survey.
Facing opposition from conservative elements in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, Japan’s only openly gay lawmaker said it could take a decade for the country to legalize same-sex partnerships.
More than 20 North Korean fishing boats drifted to Japan last month, as sanctions prompt the isolated regime’s fishermen to venture farther from shore in rickety wooden vessels.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his foreign minister said the same-sex partners of foreign dignitaries should be treated the same as other spouses.
Japan denied Russian claims that its plan to buy a U.S.-developed ballistic missile-defense system posed any threat to the region.
Eight men found on the northwestern coast of Japan late Thursday claim to be North Koreans whose boat broke down and drifted ashore on a fishing trip hundreds of miles from home.
Canada’s prime minister has been criticized by Australian and Japanese media since failing to show for a Nov. 10 summit in Vietnam with the other 10 leaders of countries still involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike resigned as head of a national opposition party Tuesday, after failing to make a dent in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s overwhelming parliamentary majority in last month’s election.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with a Taiwanese politician Sunday, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned him not to break with past consensus on what Beijing regards as a renegade province.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit China for a summit in December, his office said, with tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program high on the agenda.
A blockbuster Pacific trade pact abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump has edged closer to becoming reality after days of tense talks in Vietnam.
After a day of confusion, a much-anticipated framework agreement on a Pacific trade deal was at risk of being scuppered, raising the prospect the pact -- already many years in the making -- could be delayed further.
They autographed baseball caps, played nine holes of golf and shared an intimate dinner, but Trump and Abe’s visit hasn’t resulted in much concrete action to address the U.S. president’s main complaint.
Donald Trump departed Washington on Friday for a 10-day tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president, during which he’ll travel to five countries and attend several summits. One man he won’t see may loom the largest over his trip.
While Abe has twice postponed plans to lift the sales tax, his ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s decisive election victory will make it harder to reverse course this time.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the Bank of Japan’s efforts to reach its inflation target, but stopped short of saying whether he’d reappoint Governor Haruhiko Kuroda to lead the central bank when his term expires next year.
Fresh from his third straight general election victory, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must refocus on two overarching challenges: Dealing with North Korea and adapting Japan’s economy to its aging and shrinking population. Tackling those issues will involve decisions that look set to divide voters, less than a year before a party leadership election in which Abe is likely to face competition from other members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Any missteps could jeopardize Abe’s chanc
A day after a landslide election victory, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to seek a broad consensus on revising Japan’s 70-year-old pacifist constitution and reiterated there was no fixed schedule for change.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made empowering women a pillar of his economic policy amid labor market shortages and as his country ages. His decisive victory in Sunday’s election failed however to see a significant rise in their ranks in parliament.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s gamble on an early election may have just won him a chance to lead Japan through 2021.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is headed for an election win, and may even retain his cherished super-majority of seats in parliament. That outcome brings both reassurance and risks.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition retained its two-thirds parliamentary majority in Sunday’s general election, unofficial results showed, bolstering his chances at becoming Japan’s longest-serving leader.
More than 100 million voters are casting ballots Sunday in an election that may clear the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become Japan’s longest-serving leader.
A strong typhoon is expected to bring yet more rain to an already sodden Japan at the weekend, potentially affecting the turnout in Sunday’s election.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s early election gamble looks like it will pay off.
Asia’s two biggest economies both have their most powerful leaders in decades -- and neither one has much incentive to mend a relationship that has long been volatile.
Polls show that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on track to win Japan’s Oct. 22 election, putting the 63-year-old on course to keep his job through 2020 and become the longest-serving leader in the country’s history. Victory for Abe would likely prolong the loose monetary policy Japan has deployed to kick-start its economy. It might also open the way for a few more rounds with Abe’s new golf buddy, U.S. President Donald Trump.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looked set to retain his coalition’s dominant position in parliament after the Oct. 22 general election, according to a series of large opinion surveys carried out by domestic media.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, leader of Japan’s nascent opposition Party of Hope, said Monday that she’s unsure whether President Donald Trump’s administration is stable even as she affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s opposition party said it may impose taxes on large companies’ cash reserves and permanently rid Japan of nuclear power as it unveiled a slew of campaign promises on Friday ahead of an Oct. 22 election.
Innovative, or irresponsible? Dependable, or stuck-in-the-mud? With the two main parties fighting Japan’s general election on similar policy platforms, voters may be swayed by their marketing campaigns.
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fell in two polls released Monday, three weeks before a general election where Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new Party of Hope threatens to eat into his majority.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament to set the stage for an Oct. 22 election, testing his iron grip over the powerful lower house in the world’s third-largest economy. The 63-year-old Abe plans to stay in office if his coalition retains a simple majority -- putting him on course to keep his job through 2020 and become the longest-serving leader in the country’s history. He’s facing a surprise test: A new party headed by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike sprang up to offer a last-di
Japan’s main opposition party agreed to merge with a new group created by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, setting her up as the main challenger to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he dissolved parliament ahead of an Oct. 22 election.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that he can crush a weak opposition in next month’s election. The margin of victory may determine whether his ruling party replaces him in 2018.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’ll dissolve the lower house of parliament on Sept. 28 for a general election as he announced an $18 billion economic package.
North Korea’s foreign minister ridiculed U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to annihilate the isolated state, saying his warning was akin to the sound of a barking dog.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may delay a target for reining in Japan’s ballooning debt, because he wants to divert some of the proceeds of a planned sales-tax increase to fund education and support young families.
North Korea gained a live audience of millions for its latest ballistic missile, which flew over Japan just after 7 a.m. when many people were watching TV as they had breakfast.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds his 10th summit with India’s leader Narendra Modi on Thursday, underscoring the importance of strategic ties between the countries as the two face an increasingly assertive China. Supplying submarine technology would lock Japan and India into an even tighter defense relationship for years to come.
North Korea could decide to delay its next ballistic missile launch because a current outbreak of severe geomagnetic storms can pose a risk to electronic equipment.
A critic of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who helped an upstart group crush the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo’s local elections two months ago is setting up a political organization to attempt a similar feat at the national level.
Japan should discuss whether to allow the U.S. to place atomic weapons on its territory following North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Wednesday.