„Let us fulfill our responsibility as Diet members to the people,“ Abe told the session, with reference to the politically and socially divisive issue of changing Japan’s pacifist charter for the first time since World War II.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.
Thursday’s talks followed a five and a half hour meeting on Wednesday, suggesting negotiators were making last-minute efforts to reach some agreement when Japanese and U.S. leaders meet on the sidelines of a weekend Group of Seven summit in France.
Motegi said he will fly straight to France and may join the meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump, where the two will likely discuss trade among other topics.
„The government expresses deep concerns over responsible leaders of the Japanese government and parliament sending offerings and paying respects again at the Yasukuni Shrine that glorifies Japan’s past colonial plunder and war of invasion and enshrines war criminals,“ Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a press release.
Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged South Korea and China because the shrine honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals.
“Any and every country that has an interest in freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce needs to really consider (being) involved in this type of monitoring of the strait,” he told reporters Tuesday, while en route to Tokyo for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that before making a decision on joining the United States, Japan wants to fulfill what it sees as a unique role it has to play in reducing tension.
Auch wenn viele Japaner mit der Regierung unzufrieden sind, kann Ministerpräsident Abe offenbar einen deutlichen Wahlsieg verbuchen. Damit steigen seine Chancen, die pazifistische Verfassung zu ändern.
Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.
Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.
Their failure to find common ground means the signing of a formal peace treaty more than 70 years after World War II is still not in sight,
The report also expresses concern over the pressure the government is applying on the protests against the new base construction in Okinawa, and advised against infringing on the freedom to demonstrate in opposition of public policy, and suggested the government cooperate with the protests and related journalism.
The new report once again criticizes the Japanese government, stating that almost none of the previous report’s recommendations have been implemented.
WASHINGTON/TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. government blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers — including one operated by a Tokyo-based company — near the Persian Gulf, casting it as the latest in a series of “provocative actions” that have sharply raised tensions in the region.
„I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future,“ Iranian state media quoted Khamenei as telling the Japanese premier.
Abe lately hosted Trump when he paid a state visit to Japan, with the US President encouraging Japan’s PM—the first Japanese leader to come to Iran in 41 years—to engage in some diplomacy between Washington and Tehran.
Die „Washington Post“ schrieb, dass Trump Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong-un den Rücken gestärkt habe, indem er dem Nationalen Sicherheitsberater John Bolton und sogar Abe öffentlich widersprochen habe.
Japan last year unveiled a plan to buy 45 more F-35 stealth fighters, including some B variants, worth about $4 billion, adding to the 42 jets it has already ordered.
President Trump’s trip to Japan started with a bang – a magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered near the golf course where he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are set to play golf Sunday.
The temblor, which rattled Tokyo just hours before Trump’s arrival, briefly halted nearby bullet trains, but did not derail the leaders’ plans for their first meeting of the four-day visit, which will take place at the Mobara Country Club in Chiba.
U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom.
National security adviser John Bolton said Saturday that sanctions against North Korea must be kept in place after the rogue country violated a United Nations Security Council resolution when it test-fired short-range missiles last week. The Associated Press reported that Bolton, speaking in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit, also defended the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship May 14.
Japan would like to maintain, and develop, its traditionally friendly ties with Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday. At the start of a meeting in the Japanese capital, Abe also told Zarif that he was concerned about growing tension in the Middle East.
Russia’s Foreign Minister has ruled out negotiating a peace treaty with Japan on Tokyo’s terms. That after the Japanese premier told his parliament that was his aim.
t comes as Honda UK announced a six-day post Brexit shut down.
The Japanese-owned car giant said the move was to ensure it could adjust to „all possible outcomes caused by logistics and border issues“.
„Relations with Russia are in abnormal state. The two countries have been without a peace treaty for more than 70 years,“ he said. The prime minister noted that the agreements reached during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016 are being gradually implemented.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tuesday for a five-day European tour that will take him to Spain, France and Belgium, during which he will attend a biennial conference and hold talks with world leaders.
Zu den diesjährigen Hauptgästen gehören neben dem japanischen Premierminister der Präsident der Volksrepublik China, Xi Jinping, der Präsident der Mongolei Chaltmaagiin Battulga und der Premierminister der Republik Korea, Lee Nak-yeon.
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and one-time defence minister Shigeru Ishiba were formally nominated to compete in an internal Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election on Sept 20 that will decide who will be its President for the next three years.
As the LDP is Japan’s ruling party, the winner will be prime minister until 2021.
However in his speech to the SDF’s top brass at the defence Ministry, Abe stopped short of directly mentioning amending the constitution, which took effect in 1947.
But repeatedly over the past year, Abe has called for adding an explicit reference to the SDF in the war-renouncing Article 9, so that there is no room to view Japan’s military as “unconstitutional”.
The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.
Der Geheimdienstchef wird am Montag nach Japan fliegen und dort Ministerpräsident Shinzo Abe treffen. Er will am Dienstag nach Südkorea zurückkehren.
Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.
Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.
The visit to Iran would have been the first by a Japanese leader in 40 years, forming part of Abe’s scheduled tour through the Middle East from July 11, Kyodo said.
The document forgery scandal shaking Japanese democracy would not have occurred a decade ago, and it is important to understand how and why the Finance Ministry was so deeply corrupted during the Shinzo Abe era.
The Prime Minister’s Office has been gaining strength vis-a-vis the National Diet and the bureaucracy since the 1990s, which was a movement originally led by Ichiro Ozawa, advanced significantly by Junichiro Koizumi, but really brought into its own in the Abe era.
An inquiry found that references to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife were removed from papers relating to a controversial sale of state land.
Taro Aso accepted that the scandal „hurt“ public confidence in the ministry and the government.
Abe and Putin have met 21 times and the latest summit came when both leaders have consolidated power at home. Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament in late September last year and won the snap election, which gave him a chance to lead Japan through 2021. Despite a slump in the approval rating of the Abe cabinet, nobody, be it from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party or the opposition parties, is able to now challenge Abe’s authority. Putin started another six-year term after he won presidential elections in March. Given the stability of the Abe and Putin governments, the bilateral policies will continue to be steadily implemented.
Abe will hold talks with Trump at the White House on June 7 before traveling to Canada for the Group of Seven summit on June 8 and 9, hoping to coordinate their policies toward the president’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Abe, visiting Russia for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, added he wants to talk with Trump by phone soon after returning home.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to Russia on Thursday for talks with President Vladimir Putin in hopes of making progress on joint economic projects on disputed islands as a step toward resolving the decades-old territorial row.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to visit Moscow, where he will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss North Korea and other matters.
“I would like to confirm cooperation in resolving the North Korea issue,“ Abe told journalists Monday ahead of the meeting. Top foreign affairs and defense officials from both countries will also meet over the coming week.
Following their meeting, Putin and Abe adopted a joint declaration where they noted that the start of consultations on the joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the south Kuril Islands could become an important step towards concluding the peace treaty.
As the Kremlin press office reported on Friday, Abe will visit Russia on May 25-26 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In einem Programm des japanischen Fernsehsenders Fuji TV sagte Abe am Freitag, Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong-un werde hoffentlich verstehen, dass nicht nur Gipfeltreffen mit den USA oder Südkorea, sondern auch ein japanisch-nordkoreanisches Gipfeltreffen wichtig sei.
Südkoreas Präsident Moon Jae-in, Chinas Ministerpräsident Li Keqiang und Japans Premierminister Shinzo Abe verabschiedeten bei ihrem Gipfeltreffen am Mittwoch in Tokio eine Sondererklärung zur Unterstützung der beim jüngsten innerkoreanischen Gipfel vereinbarten Panmunjom-Erklärung.
Darin begrüßten sie, dass in der Panmunjom-Erklärung das Ziel der vollständigen Denuklearisierung bestätigt wurde. Sie hoffen darin auf einen Erfolg des geplanten Spitzentreffens zwischen Nordkorea und den USA.
Shoes are “despised” in Japanese culture, a senior Israeli diplomat who had served in Japan told a newspaper – and in any case, it’s a weird idea to serve food out of a shoe.(…)
„It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig.”
No areas will be off limits in talks next week when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Japan, but North Korea is not going to be a focus, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday.
China and Japan, Asia’s two largest economies, have been trying to reset ties after years of increasingly bitter disputes over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and the legacy of Japan’s invasion of China before and during World War Two.
Chinas Staatspräsident hat am Freitag ein Telefongespräch mit Japans Ministerpräsidenten Shinzo Abe geführt. Diskussionsthemen waren unter anderem die bilateralen Beziehungen und die Lage auf der Koreanischen Halbinsel.
(18.4.2018) after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first day visiting President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., the Japanese public is wondering whether their leader, embattled at home by influence-peddling scandals, might return to Japan with the diplomatic equivalent of an “All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt.”
(29.3.2018) Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Thursday.
The news follows reports last week that Tokyo had expressed its interest to the North to hold talks.
(26.3.2018) Japan is also increasingly being viewed as the odd man out as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has referred to the possibility of a trilateral summit involving Washington and Pyongyang.
Still, members of Abe’s ruling party on Monday were quick to dismiss this narrative, with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, for one, stressing that Tokyo is closely in touch with Washington and Seoul.
“The argument that Japan is being kept out of the loop completely misses the point,” he said.
(22.3.2018) The Japanese government has conveyed to North Korea its desire to hold summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.