Abe may hit rocky road after not decisively winning party race


Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election, his new three-year term may not be so rosy as his rival garnered nearly half the votes, more than expected, of rank-and-file party members. Political pundits say Abe risks becoming ineffectual without having had a landslide victory because… Read


Mayor opposes deployment of land-based Aegis missile defense battery


The mayor of a town in Yamaguchi Prefecture says he opposes the installation of an Aegis Ashore missile defense battery after the municipality was named as a potential host site in May. "I clearly express my opposition to the deployment," said Abu Mayor Norihiko Hanada at a plenary session of… Read


Abe expected to retain key ministers in cabinet reshuffle

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely retain key ministers in an upcoming cabinet reshuffle following his re-election as Liberal Democratic Party president, a senior government official said Friday. Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko, and economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi are likely to remain in… Read


5 things to know about Japan's pacifist constitution


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's long-held dream to change Japan's pacifist constitution is high on the agenda after he secured another term as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday. Nationalists like Abe dismiss the constitution as a humiliating relic imposed by U.S. occupiers after Japan's defeat in World… Read


Okinawa submits bill on U.S. base transfer referendum


The Okinawa prefectural government has submitted to the local assembly a bill proposing a referendum on the controversial plan to relocate a key U.S. military base within the southern island prefecture. The bill is likely to be approved in the prefectural assembly, where a majority of members are opposed to… Read


Another top bureaucrat quits scandal-hit education ministry


The top bureaucrat at the education ministry stepped down on Friday to take the blame for a series of bribery scandals involving its officials. Kazuo Todani became the second vice education minister to leave the post in less than two years. His departure came after two former senior ministry officials… Read


Trump congratulates Abe on 'HUGE' re-election in Japan


U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations Thursday on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "HUGE" re-election. "Congratulations to my good friend Prime Minister @AbeShinzo on his HUGE election victory," Trump said in a tweet. "I'm looking forward to many more years of working together. See you in New York next week!"… Read


Opposition parties say LDP election mirrors discontent within party


The leaders of Japan's opposition parties said Thursday the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership race mirrored growing discontent within the ruling party over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's firm grip on power despite him securing another three-year term. The victory over former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba put Abe on course to becoming… Read


Abe's next term: A chance for constitutional change?


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected Thursday as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, paving the way for him to serve as prime minister for up to three more years. Key things to know about Abe and his policies: NEARLY 6 YEARS IN OFFICE Abe, who turns 64 on… Read


Abe re-elected LDP leader, setting stage to become Japan's longest-serving PM


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution. If Abe, who resigned abruptly after a troubled 2006-2007 term, stays in office through November 2019, he… Read

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