Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - updates

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Abe vows Kim meeting to 'break shell of mutual distrust'

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and restore diplomatic relations between the two countries

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

Japan ruling party under fire after MP calls LGBT 'unproductive'

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Mio Sugita says she would take the Liberal Democratic Party's warnings 'seriously,' but neither apologized nor withdrew her remarks against the LGBT community

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump described migration as a big problem for Europe. He then told Japan's Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon."

ALLIES. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

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Oct 20, 2017 - 11:08 PM

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Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

Japan's Abe to meet PH business groups, visit Duterte's Davao home

Jan 10, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in the Philippines from January 12 to 13 and will visit Manila and Davao City

'THEY HIT IT OFF.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe share a light moment during the declaration of joint statement following the expanded bilateral meeting in Japan on October 26. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Abe, Obama hail reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:35 AM

The two global leaders paid homage to the more than 2 400 Americans killed on December 7 1941

RECONCILIATION. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greet Pearl Harbor survivors on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/AFP

Bank of Japan delays inflation goal in blow to 'Abenomics'

Nov 01, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The bank now expects to hit 2 inflation by March 2019 – 4 years later than its original target

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on November 1, 2016.  Tokyo shares closed higher November 1, reversing early losses on relief over a Bank of Japan policy meeting that ended largely as expected and better-than-expected Chinese factory data. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

Japan big manufacturers' confidence at multi-year low

Oct 03, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Sentiment among big manufacturers drops to its lowest levels since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicked off Abenomics in 2013

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions during a press conference at the headquarters in Tokyo on September 21, 2016. Japan's central bank on September 21 unveiled a surprise overhaul of monetary policy, promising to redouble attempts to fuel inflation and kickstart the torpid economy. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Weak Japanese growth puts pressure on Abe

Sep 08, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Economists are increasingly writing off Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s more than 3 year attempt to cement a lasting recovery

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures to the media upon arrival at a meeting session at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. The gathering will see the 10 ASEAN members meet by themselves, then with leaders from the US, Japan, South Korea and China. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Japan approves huge stimulus for sluggish economy

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The 273 billion package which includes tens of billions of dollars for infrastructure spending is expected to be approved by parliament in September

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) sits with Finance Minister Taro Aso (R) and Economic Revitalisation Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (L) as they pose for photographers prior to a cabinet meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on August 2, 2016. The Japanese government on August 2 approved a massive stimulus to boost growth in a economy under threat from a soaring yen, with funds earmarked to counter the impact of Brexit and a deadly earthquake disaster. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

Japan PM unveils $266B stimulus plan to boost economy

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives few details about the plan except to say about half would be fiscal measures

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Fukuoka on July 27, 2016. Japan's prime minister on July 27 announced a whopping stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen (266 billion USD) aimed squarely at boosting the wobbly economy, with the central bank widely expected to unveil its own measur. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Japan PM delays tax hike in blow for Abenomics

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postpones the increase in tariff to late 2019 when he is likely no longer in office

epa05339791 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a press conference at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 01 June 2016. Prime Minister Abe announced the delay of the consumption tax hike from April 2017 to October 2019. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

May 05, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Japan s Shinzo Abe pushes for large scale stimulus spending while Germany s Angela Merkel suggests her country is already doing enough

epa05289695 Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) for a meeting in Meseberg, Germany, 04 May 2016. Abe is currently on a week-long trip through Europe in preperation to Japan hosting the G7 Summit, and meeting with EU leaders for talks on the Japan-EU economic partnership agreement. EPA/BERND SETTNICK

Italy, Japan urge G7 to spend for growth

May 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Shinzo Abe call for greater flexibility on budgetary policies ahead of the G7 Summit

epa05286890 Italian Premier Matteo Renzi (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) for a bilateral meeting in Florence, Italy, 02 May 2016. Shinzo Abe is in Italy on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the bilateral relations between Japan and Italy. EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL' INNOCENTI

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan slaps new sanctions on North Korea

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:50 PM

North Korean citizens and ships are barred from entering Japan

PH visit of Japanese emperor, empress set for January

Dec 04, 2015 - 10:28 PM

The state visit of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will happen on the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. File Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Homeless out, world leaders in: Manila readies for APEC summit

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Presidents Barack Obama of the United States Vladimir Putin of Russia Xi Jinping of China are among the world leaders flying to the November 18 19 event

STREET FAMILIES. The DSWD denies allegations that authorities are planning to keep some street families away during the big event. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Japan pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Jul 18, 2015 - 2:02 PM

The Climate Action Tracker however describes Japan s target as inadequate

'Asia should put WWII behind it' –Singapore PM

May 29, 2015 - 10:52 PM

In his speech Singapore s Lee urged Japan and the two East Asian neighbors it had either colonized or occupied to display statesmanship and largeness of spirit in dealing with each other

WORLD WAR II. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says 'Asia should forget about World War II. File photo by EPA/Ahn Young-Joon / POOL

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May 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Aquino to visit Japan amid disputes with China

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The Japanese government invites the Philippine president to visit Tokyo as both the Philippines and Japan compete with China over sea and land

FRIENDS, ALLIES. President Benigno Aquino III receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Philippines' presidential palace during Abe's official visit to the Philippines in June 2013. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau/Benhur Arcayan

Tokyo urges Okinawa governor to back down in US base row

Apr 05, 2015 - 3:40 PM

However the Okinawan governor counters that while he understands the importance of the alliance with the US any national security plan must have the Japanese people s support

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan minister sidesteps Okinawa governor in base row

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:41 PM

Japan s central government muscles the governor of Okinawa out of the way in a row over the construction of a US air base suspending his stop work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two decade row

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base – exit polls

Nov 16, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Takeshi Onaga s apparent victory is a significant blow to the central government because the governor can veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

ANTI-US BASES. Residents of Japan's Okinawa on November 16 elect new governor - Former Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga (front C), who opposes plans to relocate a US military base. Photo by JAPAN OUT AFP/JIJI PRESS

Japanese PM opens LatAm tour with Mexico energy

Jul 27, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strikes a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five country Latin American tour

NEW POWER SOURCES. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) speak during a press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, 25 July 2014. Photo by Jose Mendez / EPA

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Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

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Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his country favors the proposal to revise Japan s pacifist constitution

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the joint media statement after the Summit Meeting and Working Lunch at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

A dose of Abenomics for Asia's development institutions: Starting with the ADB

May 10, 2014 - 7:31 PM

The Manila based international lender is in need of its own third arrow of reforms

China gives Japan 'severe reprimand' over PM's war shrine visit

Dec 26, 2013 - 8:17 PM

Abe describes his visit as a pledge against war and says it is not aimed at hurting feelings in China or South Korea

CONTROVERSIAL: A Shinto priest leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo. AFP photo

Japan PM's visit to PH: 'Image-building'

Jul 27, 2013 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines and Japan will only provoke China with their strategic partnership which is the bigger picture behind the Japanese PM s visit says an analyst

Japan PM Abe escapes injury in five-car collision

Apr 27, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Japan s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe escaped a 5 car accident without any injuries