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Jul 30, 2013

China rules out Sino-Japanese summit: state media

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) – China has ruled out the possibility of a proposed summit with Japan after Tokyo suggested the meeting in a bid to defuse an increasingly bitter territorial row, the official China Daily reported on Tuesday.

The report, quoting a statement by an unidentified Chinese official made on Monday, coincided with a visit to Beijing by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki.

Jul 29, 2013

Japan’s top diplomat heads for China, seeking better ties

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki will visit China on Monday and Tuesday for talks with senior officials, the latest in a series of efforts by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to improve relations soured by a bitter territorial row.

The hawkish Abe, who cemented his grip on power in an upper house election last week, has since then been signaling a desire for dialogue – even though Japan has raised its assessment of the risk of China’s military buildup and maritime assertiveness.

Jul 26, 2013

Japan to mull ability to hit enemy bases in defense review

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan should beef up its military’s ability to deter and counter missile attacks, including the possible acquisition of the ability to hit enemy bases, the Defence Ministry said, but officials denied this would be used for pre-emptive strikes.

The proposal – Japan’s latest step away from the constraints of its pacifist constitution – is part of a review of defense policy by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, an interim report on which was released on Friday. The final conclusions of the review are due by the end of the year.

Jul 25, 2013

Japan to mull pre-emptive strike ability in defence update

TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Japan is likely to start
considering acquiring the ability to launch pre-emptive military
strikes in a planned update of its basic defence policies, the
latest step away from the constraints of its pacifist
constitution.

The expected proposal, which could sound alarm bells in
China, is part of a review of Japan’s defence policies
undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, an interim
report on which could come as early as Friday. The final
conclusions of the review are due out by the end of the year.

Jul 24, 2013

Japan likely to mull pre-emptive strike ability in defence update

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is likely to start considering acquiring the ability to launch pre-emptive military strikes in an update of its basic defense policies, the latest step away from the constraints of its pacifist constitution.

The expected proposal, which will almost certainly sound alarm bells in China, is part of a review of Japan’s defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, an interim report on which could come as early as Friday.

Jul 22, 2013

Japan PM Abe’s mandate is much smaller than it looks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide election victory at the weekend was anything but a ringing endorsement from voters. The vast majority never voted for his coalition.

Abe’s mandate is much smaller than his ruling bloc’s win in the upper house poll suggests: only about one in four voters gave their support. Three-quarters of the electorate either did not vote at all or backed opposition parties.

Jul 22, 2013

Japan PM wins big in upper house vote, priorities in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive election victory on Sunday, cementing his grip on power but raising the possibility he could lose interest in difficult economic reform and shift focus to his nationalist agenda instead.

The win in the election for parliament’s upper house gives the hawkish Abe a stronger mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe to revive the economy and sets the stage for the first stable government since popular Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

Jul 22, 2013

Japan’s Abe has chance to show true colors after big election win

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a decisive victory in an election on Sunday – so big that there are suspicions he will lose interest in difficult economic reforms and pursue his nationalist agenda instead.

The victory in the vote for parliament’s upper house gives Abe a stronger mandate for his prescription for reviving the stagnant economy. Coincidentally, it could also give lawmakers in his own party, some of whom have little appetite for painful but vital reforms, more clout to resist change.

Jul 21, 2013

PM Abe’s bloc wins big in upper house vote, priorities in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive victory in an upper house election on Sunday, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for Japan’s first stable government since the charismatic Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

The victory gives the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe to revive the economy and spells his personal political redemption after he led his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to a humiliating defeat in a 2007 upper house election.

Jul 20, 2013

Japan Prime Minister heads for election victory amid policy concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc looks set for a handsome upper house election win on Sunday, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for Japan’s first stable government since the charismatic Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

The victory would give the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his recipe to revive the economy and spell his personal political redemption after he led his party to a defeat in a 2007 upper house election. That poll allowed the opposition to block legislation and led to Abe’s resignation two months later.

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