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Wrong move: Japan prosecutor resigns over mahjong game

May 21, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Hiromu Kurokawa has decided to step down after a magazine revealed he had played mahjong for money recently with 3 journalists – violating both the country's lockdown measures and potentially laws against gambling

Japan extends virus state of emergency until May 31

May 04, 2020 - 4:56 PM

'I will extend the period of the state of emergency I declared on April 7 until May 31. The area covered is all prefectures in the nation,' Shinzo Abe says

EXTENDING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on April 17, 2020. File photo by Kiyoshi Ota/AFP

Japan offers $930 virus stimulus payment to all residents

Apr 17, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says they are 'moving quickly to deliver cash to all people'

BUSINESS IN JAPAN. A face mask-clad vendor stands in Tokyo's Tsukiji area on March 13, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Shinzo Abe joins ‘Dancing on the Inside’ bandwagon

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Musician Gen Hoshino launches a campaign urging Japanese people to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing big-name volunteers

'STAY HOME.' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joins other prominent figures who have appeared on videos to the music of Gen Hoshino, urging people not to go to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Screenshot from Gen Hoshino's Instagram

Japan declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED) The move allows governors in 7 affected regions including Tokyo to ask people to stay indoors and request businesses close

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on December 24, 2019. File photo by Wange Zhao/AFP

FULL TEXT: IOC, Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021

Mar 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'

STILL 2020. The quadrennial meet to be staged in Japan will still keep the name 'Tokyo 2020'.  Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:37 PM

The Olympics will be the highest-profile event affected by the virus that has killed thousands and closed sports competitions worldwide

TOKYO 2021. Japan and IOC president Thomas Bach agrees to delay the Tokyo Olympics to a year later. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Japan's Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:52 PM

'We want to hold the Olympics as planned without any trouble by overcoming the spread of infections,' says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STILL ON. A man wearing a face mask walks in the tunnel of a metro station with the board of the official 2020 Summer Olympics advertisement in Tokyo. Photo by Philip Fong/ AFP

China's Xi Jinping postpones state visit to Japan amid virus outbreak

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The announcement of the postponement ends weeks of speculation of whether the Chinese president's trip would go ahead amid efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic

CANCELLED. File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo Naohiko Hatta/AFP

Japan PM calls for closure of public schools over virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:08 PM

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requests public schools to close temporarily from March 2 until their spring break

CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS. Pupils of the Ariake-nishi Gakuen elementary school wear face masks during an event marking 6 months till the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo on February 25, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan's Abe 'deeply worried' by Middle East tensions

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Japan walks a fine line in balancing its key alliance with Washington and its longstanding relations and interests with Iran

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on December 24, 2019. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

Duterte, Abe discuss comfort women, South China Sea in meeting

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:05 AM

The two leaders also take up the Japan-funded Metro Manila Subway and plans to develop the Subic Bay area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe pose for posterity prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ties between Seoul and Tokyo are at rock-bottom over a dispute related to Japan's use of forced labor during World War II, with the countries trading retaliatory sanctions

This picture taken on November 4, 2019 and released by the presidential Blue House via Yonhap shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) talking with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) during their meeting in Bangkok, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Minor fire on Japan gov't jet with PM on board – reports

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The fire has been put out, and there is no change to the itinerary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is en route to the ASEAN Summit 2019

OFFICIAL PLANE. In this file photo, the Japanese government's new official aircraft for VIPs, a Boeing 777-300ER, takes off with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Tokyo's Haneda Airport on April 22, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan trade minister resigns over donation scandal

Oct 25, 2019 - 10:15 AM

'I bear responsibility in having appointed him. I deeply apologize to the Japanese people,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after accepting the resignation of the official accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts

Japan's Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara speaks to the media at the parliament in Tokyo on October 25, 2019. - Sugawara has submitted his resignation after being accused of violating election law by offering voters money and gifts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on October 25, 2019. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

Japan presses China on professor held for 'spying'

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Abe 'strongly demanded a positive response from China regarding the detention of a Japanese national' when he met Wang Qishan on Wednesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga tells reporters

Japan's Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Shinzo Abe appoints new foreign and defense ministers and promotes a political risings star in his cabinet reshuffling

TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI. Japan Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Trump says 'not happy' about latest North Korea missile test

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes the opposite view, saying North Korea's latest missile test was a clear violation of UN rules

BILATERAL MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Bellevue in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., Japan agree on trade deal 'in principle'

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirms the US and Japan 'successfully reached consensus' after 'intense' negotiations

TRUMP AND ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump look at each other during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito's comments are monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow at an altar during an annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost at war, on August 15, 2019, as the country marks the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Abe vows to reform constitution despite no 'supermajority'

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition retains its majority in the upper house in Sunday's vote for around the half the seats in the chamber, but falls short of securing a two-thirds majority in favor of revising the constitution

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Shinzo Abe gestures as he responds to questions during a television interview following the Parliament's upper house election at the party's headquarters in Tokyo on July 21, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe on course to retain majority in upper house election

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:01 PM

A win means Shinzo Abe will be able to stay in power until November 2019, when he will break the record of the nation's longest-serving premiership

PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bloc is expected to retain a majority in Japan's upper house. File photo by AFP

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

Japan PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Japanese government officials say Shinzo Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, but instead wants to play the role of neutral intermediary

RARE DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by stringer/AFP

Japan's Abe in Tehran mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Shinzo Abe is expected to arrive in Tehran at around 1120 GMT (7:20 pm, Manila time) and go straight into talks with President Hassan Rouhani

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) waves to well-wishers upon his departure at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on June 12, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

PH, Japan forge stronger cooperation on defense, maritime security

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

During their summit meeting in Tokyo, among the topics President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed was 'advancing the rule of law, including in the South China Sea,' a Palace statement says

SUMMIT MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliver a joint statement after their summit meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte arrives in Japan for forum, meeting with Abe

May 28, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver a speech at Nikkei's prestigious International Conference on the Future of Asia

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/AFP

Trump becomes first foreign leader to meet Japan's new emperor

May 27, 2019 - 9:10 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's palace visit in the morning, followed by a royal banquet in the evening, is the main event in a feel-good trip

Trump tees up Japan summit with Abe golf match

May 26, 2019 - 2:42 PM

While Abe and Trump are at the golf course, their wives Melania and Akie enjoy a display of 'digital art' at an exhibition that has been a smash hit in Tokyo

GOLF BUDDIES. US President Donald Trump (C) waits in a golf cart to board Marine One after playing a round of golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Mobara Country Club in Chiba on May 26, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump arrives in Japan for sumo summit with Abe

May 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Japanese and US officials hail as 'unprecedented' the relationship between Trump and his 'golf buddy', Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair will again find time for a round to cement their diplomatic bromance

SUMO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves next to First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on May 25, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/Pool/AFP

Trump to get royal treatment on Japan emperor visit

May 23, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The decision by Japan to put Trump at the head of the line for Naruhito illustrates the unique bond between the one-time bitterest of enemies, while delivering rival China a timely reminder that the United States is not alone in Asia

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

Japan's Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war shrine

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million war dead but also top World War II criminals, has frequently been a source of sour relations with countries that suffered from Japan's military atrocities

Japan's Abe to visit U.S., France on pre-G20 tour

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The tour from April 22 to 29 will also include stops in Italy, Belgium and Slovakia, a foreign ministry official says

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Japan's Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for Nobel after U.S. request – report

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The report comes after US President Donald Trump's claim that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had nominated him for the prize

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

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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)

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan enacts controversial law to accept foreign workers

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Opposition parties raise questions about the law, claiming that it fails to consider its potential impact on Japanese society and does not protect foreign workers' rights

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Labor shortage woes force Japan to pry open door to migrant workers

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The Japan government wants to allow foreign workers as early as next April, granting visas for up to 5 years to those employed in industries facing chronic shortages such as agriculture, nursing and construction

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan Cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Among the sectors in Japan suffering from labor shortages are agriculture, construction, hospitality/tourism, and nursing

BLUE COLLAR. If the proposed law is passed, Japan will allow the hiring of foreign construction workers.  Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticizes a South Korean court ruling, saying it was 'impossible' under international law to order Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation over forced wartime labor

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Shinzo Abe's visit is the first by a Japanese premier since 2011 and is part of a years-long process of repairing relations in the wake of a disastrous falling-out in 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that "the gig is up." GEOFF ROBINS / 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 protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO