TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hitting a speed bump in his drive to ease constitutional limits on Japan’s ability to fight abroad, as members of his own coalition put up obstacles that could force him to delay or water down the move.
Abe has made clear he will press on with changes to free the military from the constraints of the pacifist constitution, but members of his own party are urging caution and his coalition partner is dubious about the wisdom of the historic – and unpopular – change.
TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Feb 21 (Reuters) – America’s ambitious
trade agenda is running into fierce resistance in Asia, but
negotiators say a draft Pacific free-trade deal that papers over
some differences may be ready by the time U.S. President Barack
Obama visits the region in April.
A central element of Obama’s strategic shift towards Asia,
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could accelerate global
economic growth, boost U.S. exports and level the playing field
between emerging and rich nations in one of the world’s biggest
trade pacts, covering about one-third of global trade.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Remarks by aides to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about U.S.-Japan ties and the wartime past are giving the Japanese leader a political headache as he seeks to soothe strains with key ally Washington amid rising regional tensions.
Investors have begun to worry that Abe, who took office in December 2012 pledging to revive the economy, is shifting more attention to his conservative agenda to bolster Japan’s military and recast history with a less apologetic tone.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan’s corporate tax rate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, a step experts say could boost the global competitiveness of Japanese companies and make the country more attractive to foreign investment.
Suga, who serves as the government’s top spokesman and is one of Abe’s most trusted aides, also said Japan’s participation in talks on a U.S.-led free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was a vital part of Abe’s growth strategy, the “Third Arrow” in his “Abenomics” policy that also includes hyper-easy monetary policy and fiscal spending.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s most influential aide on Saturday rejected criticism from China that Japan is lurching toward militarism and said Tokyo would keep seeking dialogue with both Beijing and Seoul, ties with which have been badly strained by rows over territory and wartime history.
Sino-Japanese ties, long plagued by China’s bitter memories of Tokyo’s wartime aggression, have worsened since a feud over disputed East China Sea islands flared in 2012. Relations with South Korea are also badly frayed by a separate territorial row and the legacy of Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization.
TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan risks losing a global PR battle with China after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to a controversial shrine for war dead and comments by other prominent figures on the wartime past helped Beijing try to paint Tokyo as the villain of Asia.
Sino-Japanese ties have long been plagued by territorial rows, regional rivalry and disputes stemming from China’s bitter memories of Japan’s occupation of parts of the country before and during World War Two. Relations chilled markedly after a feud over disputed East China Sea isles flared in 2012.
TOKYO, Feb 9 (Reuters) – A candidate backed by Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe won Sunday’s election for governor of Tokyo,
frustrating a rival’s efforts to make the vote a referendum on
the Japanese leader’s pro-nuclear energy policy nearly three
years after the Fukushima disaster
The widely-expected victory by former health minister Yoichi
Masuzoe comes as a relief for Abe, who had suffered a rare
setback in another local election last month.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Voters in Japan’s capital go to the polls on Sunday with a candidate backed by the ruling party likely to win the race to become governor, frustrating rivals’ efforts to make the vote a referendum on the prime minister’s pro-nuclear energy policy.
Media surveys have shown a former health minister, Yoichi Masuzoe, backed by ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), far ahead of ex-prime minister Morihiro Hosokawa, who has made opposition to nuclear power the top of his platform.
TOKYO (Reuters) – In public, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government lists a more assertive China and a volatile North Korea as its top security concerns.
Behind the scenes, though, another concern is growing: that the United States may one day be unable or unwilling to defend Japan, interviews with Abe advisers, politicians and security experts show. The worries are adding momentum to Abe’s drive to beef up Japan’s air and naval forces while loosening constitutional limits on action its military can take abroad.
TOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – In public, Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe’s government lists a more assertive China and a
volatile North Korea as its top security concerns.
Behind the scenes, though, another concern is growing: that
the United States may one day be unable or unwilling to defend
Japan, interviews with Abe advisers, politicians and security
experts show. The worries are adding momentum to Abe’s drive to
beef up Japan’s air and naval forces while loosening
constitutional limits on action its military can take abroad.