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Account of pact to shelve Diaoyu dispute deals wild card to diplomats

The issue of whether or not there was an agreement in 1972 to shelve the Sino-Japanese territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands has split Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and is destined to complicate further the relationship between Beijing and Tokyo.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 3:52am 3 comments

More power for Japanese military overseas

Stung by criticism over the Algerian hostage crisis, in which at least seven Japanese died last week, the Japanese government says it is planning legal changes to enable its military to better protect its nationals overseas.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:15am

Fukushima an unprecedented challenge, says Abe

The clean-up at Fukushima after its tsunami-sparked nuclear meltdowns is unlike anything humanity has ever undertaken, Japan's prime minister said yesterday during a tour of the plant.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:00am

Japan hints at joining Pacific free trade pact

Japan’s new government led by incoming prime minister Shinzo Abe has suggested it may join a US-backed Pacific-wide free trade deal, a report said on Monday.

Tokyo has previously shown interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but remained non-committal in the face of fierce opposition from its cosseted farming industry.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan anti-nuclear vote melts away

Eight million people signed an internet petition demanding an end to nuclear power and hundreds of thousands joined public protests. Yet Japan handed an election landslide to the most pro-atomic option on offer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

Abe must get past island dispute rhetoric and fix Japan's economy

Japan's landslide election result is a reminder that the more things change the more they can remain the same. The Liberal Democratic Party returns to power after a rare spell out of office. Recycled prime minister-elect Shinzo Abe re-inherits an economy still mired in deflation and stagnation.

19 Dec 2012 - 1:52am

Japan's next leader Abe makes Obama-Bush gaffe after call

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

The gaffe came in one of Abe’s first speaking engagements since his landslide victory in weekend polls that saw his Liberal Democratic Party returned to power.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New Japan leader vows no compromise on islands

Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday there could be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the centre of a dispute with China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Markets cheer Japan conservatives’ return to power

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.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am