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Apr 21, 2015

Japanese PM Abe makes ritual offering at Yasukuni shrine, irks neighbors

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine for war dead, irking Asian neighbors just before he hopes to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a leaders’ summit in Jakarta.

Abe made the offering, a potted tree, a day before a group of lawmakers pay their respects at the Yasukuni shrine. The timing was seen as an attempt to avoid diplomatic embarrassment during Wednesday’s summit.

Apr 20, 2015

Japan’s Abe says ready to meet China’s Xi at Jakarta summit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he was ready to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asian-African summit in Jakarta this week if the chance arises, the latest sign of hope for a further thaw in Tokyo’s troubled ties with Beijing.

Abe is expected to make brief remarks on Wednesday at the summit, which will be closely watched for his stance on Japan’s wartime aggression amid concerns he wants to tone down past apologies. The tenor of his comments could determine whether he gets face time with the Chinese leader, some experts said.

Apr 12, 2015

Hiroshima survivors: haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – Hiroshi Harada remembers how his leg sank into one of the bodies blocking a narrow Hiroshima street 70 years ago, as he fled the spreading fire ignited by the atomic bomb.

“My leg slid deep into one of them. Then it was very hard to pull my leg out … To escape, I had no choice,” said Harada, the 75-year-old former head of an atomic bomb museum.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. defense chief warns against militarization of territorial rows in Asia

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter kicked off his first Asian tour on Wednesday with a stern warning against the militarization of territorial rows in a region where China is at odds with several nations in the East and South China Seas.

Carter’s visit to Japan coincides with growing U.S. concern over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing has rival claims with several countries including the Philippines and Vietnam.

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Defense chief in Japan to show alliance strong amid China worries

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter kicked off talks with his Japanese counterpart on Wednesday aimed at demonstrating that the two countries’ security alliance is tighter than ever amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

Carter’s visit coincides with the first update in U.S.-Japan defense cooperation guidelines since 1997, a revision that will expand the scope for interaction between the two allies in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to ease the constraints of Japan’s pacifist constitution on the nation’s military.

Mar 24, 2015

Indonesia flags April start for much-delayed power plant project

TOKYO, March 24 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president said on
Tuesday the long-delayed construction of a $4 billion coal-fired
power plant would finally start next month, but an activist
group said land disputes had not been settled despite his
personal intervention.

The mega-project, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia,
is seen by investors as a test case for whether President Joko
Widodo’s ambitious reforms can translate into real development
in the vast archipelago.

Mar 10, 2015

Japan ex-PM says Abe risks alienating neighbors if he dilutes apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe risks further alienating Asian neighbors China and South Korea if he does not stick to the substance of a 1995 apology for wartime aggression, the man who issued the landmark statement two decades ago said on Tuesday.

Former prime minister Tomiichi Murayama, a socialist, was head of an unwieldy coalition with the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) when he made the “heartfelt apology” for the wartime damage and suffering caused by Japan. Abe, then a rookie LDP lawmaker, was one of those who opposed the move.

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.