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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese military displays a softer side as Shinzo Abe seeks to boost its role

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Schoolgirl cartoons, popularity contests and a well-known singer project a new military image as Shinzo Abe seeks wider role for armed forces Japanese armed ... girls. Watch: Japan military in popularity push The image change comes as nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to give the Self Defence Forces (SDF) more money and scope to act ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe promotes Japanese maglev trains for US railways

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tsuru, Japan Abe touts maglev for US high-speed railways Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took US ambassador Caroline Kennedy on a test ride of Japan's ... blossoms, Mount Fuji and the state-of-the-art technology," a relaxed-looking Abe said ahead of the ride. As the distinctive white and pink petals of the blossom swirled in the breeze, the pair ...

  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe to sign deal with Australia PM Tony Abbott on military gear

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 11:30pm by JULIAN

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Abe to sign deal with Australia on military gear Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to sign a deal with his Australian counterpart in Tokyo next week to jointly develop and market military equipment. Tokyo has moved swiftly to take advantage of recent legal changes covering the development and export of defence equipment that went into effect ...

  4. News - Asia

    Japan opposition leader calls prime minister Shinzo Abe 'revisionist'

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 01:13am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Banri Kaieda says prime minister's conservatism could be a 'destabilising factor' Opposition leader calls Japan's Abe 'revisionist' Japan's main opposition leader chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for conservative statements on history and voiced fear he could be a "destabilising" factor in East Asia. ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Exchanging insults in realm of fantasy

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:27am by Alex Lo

    ... Tokyo yesterday compared China to Mordor in the Lord of the Rings. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the way President Xi Jinping looked at people certainly reminded him of the great evil ... their slogans are same: One ring [party] to rule them all," Abe told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview. Meanwhile, not content with sitting on the sideline while his neighbours ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s 1993 apology for sex slavery won’t be revised, Shinzo Abe says

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 10:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo No revision on sex slave apology: Abe Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday his government would not, after all, revise a landmark 1993 apology for wartime sexual slavery, and said he was "deeply pained" by the suffering of women drawn into military brothels during the second world war. Abe has faced criticism for his ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Shinzo Abe's moves on Japan's pacifist constitution deserve greater attention

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 04:22am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Beware Abe's moves on pacifist charter Anti-China sentiments seem to have blinded many people in Asia, including quite a collection in Hong Kong, to the dangers of nationalistic Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to overcome the pacifist provision in his country's constitution. He is contributing not only to a potential arms ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Japan hopes for summit with South Korea and US to thaw relations with Seoul

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 02:05pm by Reuters

    ... frozen relations with Seoul. But Korea appears cool to the idea of a meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a global nuclear-security summit in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 24-25. Japan hopes that with mutual ally Obama in the room, Park would be willing to sit down face-to-face with Abe ...

  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe urges Japanese to take 'pride' in nation in public address

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 10:57pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the nation yesterday on National Foundation Day to call on his country to be proud of their nation, its democratic principles and its place ... a proactive role … and go forward as ‘a Japan that has pride’ SHINZO ABE Significantly, according to Jun Okumura, a visiting scholar at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, the previous occasion ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe accused of using NHK to back his nationalist agenda

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 12:05pm by AP

    ... for Abe agenda' Minutes of a recent governing board meeting of Japan's public broadcaster NHK seem to back up suspicions that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, despite his denials, is trying to use Japan's news giant to promote his nationalist agenda. The minutes, posted on NHK's website but not widely reported, show conservatives appointed to the board by Abe voicing ...




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