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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With new cabinet post, Yuko Obuchi's political star keeps rising in Japan

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by Julian Ryall

    ... political star keeps on rising When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe unveiled his new 18-strong cabinet in Tokyo last week, there were few surprises. Perhaps the least surprising appointment ... to the cabinet in 2008, Obuchi is still just 40 years old, making her a stripling in Japan's political world. Even more significantly, she is a woman in the old boys' club that still rules ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Christine Lagarde backs Shinzo Abe’s plan for women to lift Japan economy

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:43pm by AFP

    ... and political ranks. "The global economy is not making use of great potential that is available. And that needs to change, not just for women's sake, but for economies' sake," ... sexist attitudes remain prevalent and men dominate politics and business. Abe's feminist credentials were tarnished this summer when a member of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Emperor Hirohito cautioned against second world war, says new official history

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:27pm by AFP

    ... force kept Hirohito on the throne, mindful of the need for stability, even as they arrested, tried and hanged numerous military and political leaders. In exchange for being allowed to live ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Politicians accused of extremism after photos with Japanese far-right leader

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:16pm by AFP

    ... that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is increasingly surrounding himself with people on the right of Japanese politics. Yamada's blog postings indicate admiration for Adolf Hitler and praise ... genuine and had been taken in their offices over the last few years, but denied there was any political affiliation. "He was an assistant for an interviewer, and was taking notes ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... the world, Kyodo reported. This would include building a public relations and cultural promotion office, called Japan House, in six foreign cities, including Hong Kong. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ... political obstacles that affect the development of bilateral relations," Qin said. Additional reporting by Kyodo, Reuters ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Abe's picks for party posts point to possible thaw in ties with China

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 11:41pm by Reuters

    ... ties POLITICAL ANALYST ATSUO ITO "A positive economic cycle is kicking off," Abe said. "We're only halfway through in reforms and we need to deal with new challenges. ... have good ties with China," said political analyst Atsuo Ito. Abe has signalled that he hopes to meet Xi at an Asia-Pacific leaders gathering in Beijing in November. "Japan and China ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan names five women to new cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 07:23pm by AP

    ... said he may strengthen his position by inspiring women, who are highly active in party politics in Japan at the voter level even if generally they don't hold senior positions. Several top ... The Geneva-based World Economic Forum ranked Japan 105th in last year's Global Gender Gap Report, which measures economic equality and political participation. Iceland was top, followed ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Campaign against Japan’s left-wing daily an effort to rewrite history

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:52pm by Julian Ryall

    ... that media-watchers suggest is a widening of the trend of reinterpreting the nation's history. The Asahi has always been a political opposite of the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Sankei Shimbun, the Yukan Fuji ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shigeru Ishiba set to decline cabinet post and may challenge Shinzo Abe

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:19pm by Julian Ryall

    ... with the political grapevine suggesting that he is planning to challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the leadership. Ishiba is reportedly unhappy that Abe wants him removed from his party post, effectively the No 2 in Japanese politics, and will turn down the offer of the new position of minister in charge of national security. Ishiba is in sharp disagreement with Abe on defence and security policies, ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni Shrine offering angers China and South Korea

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 09:43am by AFP, Reuters

    ... deeply into our hearts," Abe said in front of Emperor Akihito. In Hong Kong, a protest was held against the reinterpretation of the constitution in Japan. "Japan considers today ...




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