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Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision

Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers.


G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that …


Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside …


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019

Trump in Japan: Pomp and tense circumstance

All the pomp and pageantry in the world couldn’t paper over the tensions between President Donald Trump and Japan’s Shinzo Abe on two of their most pressing issues: North Korea …


UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019

Amid trade tensions, Trump and Abe prepare to tee off

Trump heads to golf with Abe after downplaying down North Korean missile tests, changes of trade deal on trip


Japan’s charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump

Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains mum on reports he nominated President Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman declined Monday to say if Abe had nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, though they praised Trump for …


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeks allied unity in dealing with North Korea

America’s top diplomat said Saturday the U.S. will coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.


Japan finance ministry confirms death of official in scandal

A Finance Ministry official linked to a scandal involving the wife of Japan’s prime minister has been found dead, the ministry confirmed Friday, and a second official resigned.


Asia braces for Trump and his unpredictable foreign policy

Donald Trump vowed a more “unpredictable” foreign policy when he campaigned for president. Mission accomplished, if the mood in Asia ahead of his first presidential trip to the region is …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to impressive election win

Japan’s leader has scored a major victory in national elections that returned his ruling coalition to power in decisive fashion.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Japan votes for lower house; Abe’s party seen headed for win

Japanese are voting in a general election that will most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition a majority in parliament.


Abe says Japan fully behind U.S. on pressuring North Korea

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.


Japan’s Abe dissolves lower house; snap election set for Oct. 22

Japan’s House of Representatives was dissolved at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session convened Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Japan Prime Minister Abe dissolves lower house, calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for a snap election that is expected to be held Oct. 22.


Abe calls snap election in Japan, readies $18 billion package

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.


Japan unimpressed with May’s Brexit but ‘too polite’ to say so

Theresa May got a taste of Japanese restraint and formality during a tea ceremony with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What might be lost in translation is how unimpressed a key …


North Korea’s missile over Japan bolsters Abe’s quest for stronger defense

Kim Jong Un might have done Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a little favor. The North Korean leader’s move to fire a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island on …


Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Japan’s beleaguered defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, media reports said …


Abe seeks hasty recovery from Tokyo election defeat

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a historic defeat in Sunday’s Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to quickly get the Cabinet and the LDP back on …


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017

N. Korea displays advanced missiles in huge parade

North Korea put on a huge military spectacle Saturday to celebrate its founder’s birthday, parading its series of new and technologically advanced missiles in front of Kim Jong Un and, …


Japan said to renew push for first offensive weapons since WWII

A policy research group in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party will propose that Japan arm itself with offensive weapons for the first time since World War II, according …


Rule change could make Abe longest-serving leader in Japan

Japan’s ruling party approved a change in party rules Sunday that could pave the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become the country’s longest-serving leader in the post-World War …


Trump and Abe hit the fairways – out of public view – at Florida golf club

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe disappeared from public view for more than three hours here Saturday at one of Trump’s signature golf courses for what was …


Japan’s Abe has one thing in common with Trump: Hope for warmer Russia ties

While trade and security were expected to be among the first items Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would broach with President Donald Trump when the two met Friday, another sensitive …


Analysis: Alongside Japan’s Abe, Trump morphs from nice guy to tough guy

Their long weekend mini-summit began with what can only be described as a “bro hug” – initiated by the new U.S. president. Donald Trump greeted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017

Weekend visit to Trump resort by Japan’s Abe raises an ethics question: Who pays?

The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Trump-family-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., this weekend is fraught with ethical problems. Will U.S. taxpayers pay for Abe? …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

Japan PM pledges ‘unchanging’ allegiance to US under Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to visit the U.S. as soon as possible to meet with Donald Trump after the new American president’s inauguration.


Japanese prime minister lays wreaths at Hawaii cemeteries

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941.