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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe set to reshape Japan with conservative agenda

    Posted Jul 21st 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... first term in office," said Jun Okumura, an international relations analyst with the Eurasia Group. True to his conservative roots, Abe denied that "comfort women" were abducted ... changes." Most significantly, Okumura believes that Abe will be frustrated in the issue that is closest to his conservative heart: reform of a constitution that nationalists here believe was imposed ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese minister's visit to Yasukuni Shrine upset neighbours

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 04:43pm by AFP

    ... of a surprise because conservative lawmakers usually make their visits to the shrine during one of several annual festivals. But this year's April 21-23 spring festival partially overlaps ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Yoshimi Watanabe quits as leader of Your Party over cash scandal

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:08pm by AFP

    ... plans to remake Japan's Self Defence Forces as a modern military. The conservative premier has spoken repeatedly of his desire to revise the country's United States-imposed pacifist ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Markets cheer Japan conservatives’ return to power

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 11:34am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Investors on Monday cheered after Japan’s conservatives swept back to power in national elections, with promises of a fix for the economy and tougher diplomacy in a territorial spat with China. Prime minister-in-waiting Shinzo Abe, the hawkish head of the Liberal Democratic Party, wasted no time in asserting sovereignty over disputed islands ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo ex-governor joins new conservative party

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 08:49pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... could pre-empt moves by more conservative challengers to build enough electoral support. Ishihara, 80, now heads the Japan Restoration Party, replacing Hashimoto. Hashimoto, 43, has said he ... Minister Shinzo Abe. He resigned as Japan’s leader in 2007 after a year in office due to stomach ailment. Polls indicate that the conservative, business-friendly LDP will win the most seats ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten world’s top online marketer of ivory, whale meat

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 09:48pm by Reuters

    ... May, a farm outside Tokyo agreed to stop selling luxury pet food made from endangered fin whales following a campaign by conservation groups. Campaigners said tests had revealed that some ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Beijing criticised for dragging Japan into a media ‘cold war’

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 03:31pm

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper claims Chinese government wants to alienate Japan from international community through campaign focusing on its wartime past The conservative Japanese daily the Yomiuri Shimbun has accused China of dragging Japan into a media "cold war" and trying to alienate it from the international community. The newspaper, ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan stages rally over disputed islands with South Korea

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 02:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... to the island chain. Tokyo is embroiled in separate territorial spats with China and Russia. Japan’s conservative premier has yet to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye since he took ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan may review probe on second world war sex slavery

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 04:10pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday that Tokyo would consider re-examining a 20-year-old study that led to a landmark apology over its forced prostitution in the second world war. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was responding to an ultra-conservative opposition lawmaker who said there was no such thing as sex slavery – an emotional ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Outspoken NHK boss Katsuto Momii makes power grab at Japan broadcaster

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 04:18pm by AFP

    ... by the management committee, some of whom were hand-picked by conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year. The choice of Momii is thought to have been approved by Abe. Two members of the management ...




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