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Feb 1, 2015

Islamic State says it has beheaded second Japanese hostage Goto

TOKYO (Reuters) – Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group’s opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.

“I feel intense indignation at this utterly cruel and despicable act of terrorism,” a grim-faced Abe told an emergency Cabinet meeting early on Sunday, shortly after a video surfaced purporting to show the beheading of Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.

Feb 1, 2015

Islamic State says beheads second Japanese hostage

TOKYO (Reuters) – Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group’s opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.

“I feel intense indignation at this utterly cruel and despicable act of terrorism,” a grim-faced Abe told an emergency Cabinet meeting early on Sunday, shortly after a video surfaced purporting to show the beheading of Goto, after the failure of international efforts to secure his release through a prisoner swap.

Jan 27, 2015

Japan urges Jordan’s help in IS hostage crisis after video

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

“Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan,” says the voice on the video, addressing the Japanese people and saying he will be killed unless Jordan frees would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi from death row.

Jan 25, 2015

Japan condemns IS execution, demands remaining hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding.

Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of captive Haruna Yukawa, which emerged late on Saturday, were authentic.

Jan 25, 2015

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the apparent killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous and impermissible,” and again called for the group to release a second Japanese national they are holding.

Abe, speaking to public broadcaster NHK, said chances were high that a recording and an image of what appeared to be the decapitated body of captive Harman Yukawa, which emerged late on Saturday, were authentic.

Dec 14, 2014

Abe coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance.

NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner the Komeito party were assured more than the 317 seats in the 475-member lower house required to maintain a two-thirds “super-majority” that smoothes parliamentary business.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S., Japan eye closer security ties in Japan defense pact update

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and the United States agreed on Wednesday to map out how they will work together if Tokyo needs to use force to help protect a friendly country under attack, as they update defense cooperation guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades.

The development follows Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic step away from Japan’s post-war pacifism in July, when the Japanese government reinterpreted pacifist Article 9 of the constitution to end a ban that has kept its military from fighting abroad.

Sep 1, 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Japan and India agreed on Monday
to strengthen strategic ties as Asia’s second and third biggest
economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would
accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft
to India’s navy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian
counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a
so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation, welcoming
what they called “significant progress” in the negotiations.

Sep 1, 2014

Japan and India agree to boost strategic ties at summit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India’s navy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation.

Aug 29, 2014

With eye on China, Japan defence planners seek spending boost

TOKYO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s defence planners are
seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to
pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an
intensifying rivalry with China.

The Defense Ministry on Friday requested a 3.5 percent
increase to 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the year
starting next April. If approved, this third increase in a row
will more than reverse the decade of cuts that Abe ended after
coming to office in December 2012.