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Aug 30, 2015

Huge protest in Tokyo rails against PM Abe’s security bills

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan’s parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy.   

In one of Japan’s biggest protests in years – organizers put the crowd at 120,000 – people of all ages braved occasional rain to join the rally, chanting and holding up placards with slogans such as “No War” and “Abe, quit”.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on World War II anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a shrine for war dead on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War Two defeat, but had not made a personal visit to the shrine, seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime militarism.

The premier sent a cash offering of his own money, his aide Koichi Hagiuda, a lawmaker in Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters after visiting the shrine.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on WW2 anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a shrine for war dead on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War Two defeat, but had not made a personal visit to the shrine, seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime militarism.

The premier sent a cash offering of his own money, his aide Koichi Hagiuda, a lawmaker in Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters after visiting the shrine.

Aug 15, 2015

Japan PM expresses ‘utmost grief’ over WW2 but no fresh apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed the “utmost grief” on Friday for the “immeasurable damage and suffering” Japan inflicted during World War Two, but said future generations should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the past.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, Abe also said he upheld past official apologies, including a landmark 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama, but the conservative leader offered no new apology of his own.

Aug 6, 2015

Japan hurt Asia with ‘reckless war’, PM’s advisers say

TOKYO (Reuters) – Advisers to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in a report issued on Thursday that Japan caused much damage in Asia through a “reckless war” but quibbled over the term “aggression” to describe its actions.

Their report, meant to serve as reference for Abe’s statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, covered over 100 years of history in 38 pages.

Jul 8, 2015

Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed after arrest on suspected drug offense

TOKYO (Reuters) – Former Toyota Motor Corp executive Julie Hamp was freed from police custody on Wednesday after Tokyo prosecutors said they would not indict her for suspected illegal importing of the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan.

Hamp, a U.S. citizen who became Toyota’s chief communications officer and first female managing officer in April, had been held since her June 18 arrest. She resigned from the world’s largest automaker last week.

Jul 4, 2015

Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington.

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters of railway systems, power plants and other infrastructure.

Jun 30, 2015

Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died on Tuesday after one doused himself in oil and set it ablaze, police said, but there was no immediate indication of a motive for the action that left 26 others injured.

The train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, made an emergency stop on its way from Tokyo, the capital, to the western city of Osaka, after smoke started to fill at least one carriage.

Jun 22, 2015

South Korea, Japan mark 50 years of ties with push to overcome strains

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – East Asian neighbors South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained for years by feuds over the legacy of Japan’s wartime past.

The key U.S. allies are also working towards their first leaders’ meeting in three years, hoping to move past tension that has complicated efforts to improve security cooperation in the face of an unpredictable North Korea and an assertive China.

Jun 21, 2015

Japan and South Korea aim for three-way summit with China by December

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers agreed on Sunday to aim for a three-way summit with China by the end of the year, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said, paving the way for the first one-on-one meeting between Tokyo and Seoul’s leaders.

Japan’s Fumio Kishida met his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, to try to mend ties strained by a territorial dispute and a feud over “comfort women” forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels.