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

Hiromu Nonaka

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

Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 cruising as the Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near the disputed islands. Photo: Reuters

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

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets a worker at the plant. Photo: AP

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 next prime minister Shinzo Abe meets with business leaders last week. Photo: AFP

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

About 3,000 people hold an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo this month. Photo: AFP

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

Illustration: Craig Stephens

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 Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP

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 incoming prime minister Shinzo Abe meets with business leaders in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

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

Shinzo Abe (pictured in a campaign flier) led his Liberal Democratic Party to a convincing victory in Sunday’s election. Photo: EPA

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

Shinzo Abe, the hawkish head of the Liberal Democratic Party, vowed to put Japan’s moribund economy back on track after years of deflation. Photo: Xinhua

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

Japan poll victory leaves Shinzo Abe walking a tightrope

Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe. Photo: Bloomberg

Shinzo Abe, whose Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) stormed to victory in yesterday's election, will inherit a country in recession, still reeling from last year's earthquake and nuclear crisis.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:06am

Japan votes in poll likely to eject ruling party

Voters fill out ballots at a polling station at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Bloomberg

Voters in Japan went to the polls on Sunday in an election likely to return conservatives to power at a time of growing tension with China and as the nation seeks to arrest economic decline.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:45pm

Japanese voters set to restore LDP to power

At the outset of campaigning many thought a political "third force" could swing the election, but polls suggest the Liberal Democratic Party will dominate, with the incumbent DPJ the second-biggest force in the Diet. Photo: EPA

It appears a foregone conclusion that the Liberal Democratic Party will sweep back into power with ease in today's general election.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:42am

Japan needs to focus on its ailing economy, not a nationalist agenda

Campaign posters of Japanese main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Photo: Xinhua

The cacophony at the suburban railway station rises not so much to a crescendo - which might suggest something melodious - as a terrible din. Endless, mindless slogans are brayed into a microphone and sprayed via the loudspeaker system over the passing public.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Hedge-fund managers may emerge as real winners of Japan's poll

Shinzo Abe

This may be the election that Japan bears such as Kyle Bass have been waiting for.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:58am