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Isabel Reynolds

Turnbull, Abe Underscore Defense Ties With Japan Base Visit

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.

Japan Lashes Out as South Korea Reviews Landmark Sex-Slave Deal

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.

Japan's Abe Meets Taiwan Envoy Hours After Xi Warning

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.

TPP Trade Deal Gets Bogged Down Near Finish Line

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.

Trump Is Leaving Japan Empty-Handed on Trade

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.

One Man Trump Won’t Meet on Asia Trip Looms Largest

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.

Abe Stops Short of Saying Whether He’ll Reappoint Kuroda

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.

Abe's To-Do List Divides Japan After Election Win: Q&A

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

Japan's Still Behind in Electing Women as Abe Wins Landslide

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.

What’s at Stake in Japan’s Snap Election

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.

Abe Challenger Questions Stability of Trump White House

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.

Japan’s Election Becomes a Battle of the Brands

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.

Why Japan’s Abe Is Gambling on an Early Election

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 Abe May Perform a Tax U-Turn For Snap Election

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.

Japan and India Discuss Defense as China Gets Bolder

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.