Shinzo Abe is president of the Liberal Democratic Party and was elected prime minister of Japan in December 2012. He also served as prime minister in 2006 after being elected by a special session of Japan’s National Diet, but resigned after less than a year.
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Under-fire Abe gives keynote speech
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a keynote speech to a gathering of business leaders and scholars in Tokyo. Abe has walked into a series of rows with neighbouring China and South Korea, not least when he was photographed smiling in the cockpit of a jet bearing the number 731 - a figure associated with a squad that performed human experimentation in the second world war. At home, his economic reforms have received a positive welcome from the markets.
Taiwan bans slaughter in poultry markets
Taiwan introduces a ban on the slaughter of poultry in wet markets. The island's premier, Dr Jiang Yi-huah, said yesterday that despite the outbreak of the new bird flu virus H7N9 appearing to moderate as warmer weather arrives, the potential risks of the new virus will return in autumn and winter. He is calling on ministries and local governments to stay on guard and improve public hygiene.
Happy birthday to the Buddha
Celebrations take place to mark the Buddha's birthday, a public holiday in Hong Kong. Events locally include a Buddha-bathing ceremony at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Today also sees the continuation of festivities at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, with the climactic bun climbing competition getting under way at midnight.
Ai Weiwei work at new art exhibit
A new art exhibition featuring a piece by mainland dissident Ai Weiwei opens at the Para Site art space in Sheung Wan. The exhibition - A Journal of the Plague Year: Fear, ghosts, rebels, SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story - looks back at the tragic events of 2003 and their effect on the city in subsequent years. Ai's piece is said to focus on the issue of mainland buyers snapping up baby milk powder in Hong Kong. The event runs until July 20.
Microsoft's new tablet surfaces in HK
Microsoft releases its new Surface Pro tablet in Hong Kong. The Surface Pro has been hailed as a big step forward for Microsoft as it takes on the likes of Samsung's Galaxy and the Apple iPad in the increasingly crowded tablet computing market. The 64GB model will sell for HK$7,088 and the 128GB version for HK$7,888. A surplus of orders in the US has been blamed for a slow international release for the gadget.
Egyptians rally against Mursi
Youth and opposition groups rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square in a new drive to challenge the rule of President Mohammed Mursi. They are calling for early presidential elections after a claimed two million people signed protests urging Mursi to go after less than a year in office. The Islamist president has been criticised for failing to bring justice for those killed in earlier protests that brought the downfall of former leader Hosni Mubarak.