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Japan Politics

Goshi Hosono challenges Shinzo Abe to protect the elderly, small business

The leader of Japan's biggest opposition party challenged the government to better protect the elderly and small companies, charging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies with ignoring the risks of monetary easing and a weakened currency.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 2:27am

Outspoken Toru Hashimoto may have to quit as Japan Restoration Party leader

Rumours have constantly swirled around the life of Toru Hashimoto, the colourful mayor of Osaka and the founder of the nationalist Nippon Ishin no Kai, or the Japan Restoration Party (JRP).

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Japanese minister rejects 'comfort women' remark

Japan's defence minister yesterday disowned remarks by an outspoken mayor who said "comfort women" forced to provide sex during the second world war were a military necessity.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:34am 1 comment

How they see it

We have to wonder what the Shinzo Abe administration has in mind when it comes to Japan's strained relations with its neighbours. Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and two cabinet members visited war-related Yasukuni Shrine.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Shinzo Abe should stay away from Yasukuni shrine

Japanese politicians have a simple enough calculation when deciding whether to honour the country's war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine. To go is an act of nationalism that will win points with right-wing voters, but it is guaranteed to further damage already inflamed relations with China. The more than 170 cabinet ministers and members of parliament who in recent days have made the visit showed how little they regard good ties with Beijing. Amid fresh tensions over the Diaoyu Islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be foolish indeed to follow their lead.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Godmother of powerful Japanese political clan dies at 90

Yasuko Hatoyama, the daughter of the founder of tyremaker Bridgestone, married into the Hatoyamas, a powerful political family sometimes dubbed "Japan's Kennedys".

13 Feb 2013 - 3:01am

Hawkish Abe elected as Japan’s next prime minister

Shinzo Abe was elected Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomacy while fixing the economy.

26 Dec 2012 - 2:53pm

Daunting tasks await Tokyo's new governor

He may have been elected with a record vote and may be only days into his new job, but the knives already appear to be out for Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose.

21 Dec 2012 - 2:58am

Economy will still be Japan's No 1 priority

So the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), led by Yoshihiko Noda, was defeated by a landslide only three years after it had won by a landslide over the Liberal Democratic Party. When presidents of other countries usually emerge as heroes in the face of disaster, you may well wonder how, in Japan, incumbent leaders often end up total losers.

21 Dec 2012 - 2:22am

Japan's next premier Shinzo Abe refers to Obama as 'Bush'

Japan's presumptive premier Shinzo Abe got his US leaders mixed up yesterday, when he told business chiefs he had been speaking to "President Bush" after a phone call from Barack Obama.

The blunder came in one of Abe's first speeches since his landslide victory in weekend polls that saw his Liberal Democratic Party returned to power.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:26am