TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, which accepted less than a dozen asylum seekers last year, should show more leadership on refugees and craft an immigration policy given its need for foreign workers, a former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Thursday.
Sadako Ogata, 88, whose great-grandfather, then-premier Tsuyoshi Inukai, was assassinated by radical naval officers in 1932, also said that while Japan’s military had a global role to play, it should not be one that involved fighting overseas.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Most of the politicians preparing to join Japan’s cabinet came to the premier’s office in shiny black luxury sedans, but lawmaker Taro Kono pulled up in a silvery Toyota Vitz hatchback, a fitting symbol of his reputation as a political maverick.
Better known for criticizing the government than toeing the party line, Kono, 52, was tapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as minister for administrative reform and National Public Safety Commission chief, in a cabinet shake-up announced on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
retained close allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on
Wednesday, playing it safe as he refocuses on the economy after
enacting divisive security legislation that dented his
Nine of the 19 cabinet members kept their portfolios,
including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Finance
Minister Taro Aso and Economics Minister Akira Amari.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to retain close allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, playing it safe as he refocuses on the economy after enacting divisive security legislation that dented his popularity.
Half of the current 18 cabinet members will retain their portfolios, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Finance Minister Taro Aso and Economics Minister Akira Amari, according to media reports. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will also stay.
TOKYO (Reuters) – “Once burnt, twice shy” could well sum up Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attitude as he readies a cabinet to be unveiled on Wednesday, a year after a shake-up that ended in tears.
Dozens of veteran lawmakers in his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are keen for posts when Abe, elected to another three-year term as party chief last month, reshuffles his cabinet, but the premier has signaled that many will be disappointed.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the pan-Pacific agreement struck in the United States on Monday, which would liberalize trade in 40 percent of the world economy, though he said bringing China into the deal in future would increase its strategic significance.
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) establishes in the Asia-Pacific a free, fair and open international economic system with countries that share the basic values of freedom, democracy, basic human rights and the rule of law,” Abe told a nationally televised news conference.
TOKYO (Reuters) – A new slogan adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meant to show that all Japanese will benefit from economic growth is raising eyebrows among those who see it as an eerie echo of wartime propaganda.
Abe unveiled the goal of building a “Society in Which All 100 million People can be Active” after his re-election as ruling party chief late last month. He will create a new post to oversee the plan when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s parliament voted into law on Saturday a defense policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to loosen the limits of the pacifist constitution on the military.
Abe says the shift, the biggest change in Japan’s defense policy since the creation of its post-war military in 1954, is vital to meet new challenges such as from a rising China.
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government began a final push on Friday to enact contentious defense legislation that could let its troops fight overseas for the first time since World War Two, despite public protests and delaying tactics by the opposition.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the policy shift, which would mark the biggest change in defense policy since the creation of Japan’s post-war military in 1954, is vital to meet new challenges such as from a rising China.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan took a step on Thursday towards enacting legislation for a policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, part of the prime minister’s agenda to loosen the limits of a pacifist constitution.
The security policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked protests and sharply eroded his popular support.