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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval rating falls to less than 50pc

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 10:07pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Abe's approval rating falls to less than 50pc Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval rating fell to less than 50 per cent in at least the sixth survey this month after his effort to ease restrictions on the military sapped his popularity. Support for Abe's cabinet fell five percentage points to 48 per cent, the lowest since his election ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe's three arrows are looking badly blunted

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Abe's arrows are badly blunted A lot has been going better for Japan with Abenomics, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic strategy is known, since he assumed ... the entire boom induced by Abe's policies. The biggest fall in GDP since the shock to the economy of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami followed the ending of the country's fiscal stimulus ...

  3. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Shinzo Abe makes energy deals in Mexico on Latin American tour

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:49am by AFP

    ... in Mexico Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour. Abe, whose visit ... struggling Pemex's 75-year monopoly and open up the oil-and-gas sectors to foreign investment. Watch: Japan's Shinzo Abe makes energy deals in Mexico The two leaders, both elected in 2012, ...

  4. News - Asia

    Shinzo Abe down to his last arrow in plan to revive Japan's economy

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 10:19pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com Many Japanese are relieved to see a leader with staying power, even if they don't like his hawkishness; now his economic plan must work. Abe down to his last arrow After Shinzo Abe was elected prime minister in 2012, Tomonobu Kumahira, a college student from Japan, thought he wouldn't last long. After all, prime ministers have short ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

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

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

    ... Agencies Japanese PM tries to 'compromise' by staying away from controversial site, but Beijing and Seoul call on the country to face up to its past Anger at Abe's war shrine offering China and South Korea reacted sharply after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an "offering" to a controversial war shrine and lawmakers from his party, including ...

  6. News - Asia

    Beijing changes tack on Shinzo Abe, recognising he'll be in power a while

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 11:42pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... But there are signs that Chinese leaders might be willing to change their strategy on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The original plan of "waiting him out" does not seem to work, analysts say. China has repeatedly rejected high-level talks with Abe's administration since he took office in December 2012. Many analysts attribute this to Beijing's resentment over Abe ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    To repair Sino-Japan ties, it's up to Shinzo Abe to show sincerity

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial It's up to Abe to show sincerity Talks between President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are the best way to break the stalemate over the disputed ... resolve by avoiding repeating his mistake of visiting the Yasukuni shrine. A Japanese official has hinted that Abe will avoid the shrine honouring war dead for the August 15 anniversary ...

  8. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Shinzo Abe’s talks with New Zealand’s John Key dominated by whaling issue

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Auckland Disagreement over Southern Ocean hunt dominates NZ leg of Japanese PM's trip Abe and Key agree to differ on whaling The thorny issue of whaling dominated Japanese leader Shinzo Abe's one-day trip to New Zealand yesterday, with Prime Minister John Key saying they had agreed to disagree on the matter. New Zealand and Australia hauled ...

  9. News - Asia - ANALYSIS: DIPLOMACY

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe to strengthen ties on visit to Australia

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 04:24am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Japanese leader poised to strengthen key strategic links with Canberra Trade, defence ties top Abe's Australian agenda Closer defence cooperation will to take centre stage when Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits Australia this week, with analysts saying the two countries will also shore up a burgeoning trade relationship. It is the first visit ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe wrong to roll back pacifist constitution

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:52am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Abe wrong to roll back pacifism Japan's proud pacifism has been rocked as if by an earthquake. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has ignored the majority ... the pacifist constitution, Abe instead opted for a reinterpretation of Article 9, which limits the country to defending itself in a conflict. Successive governments have taken this to mean ...




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