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Opposition Hammers Claimed Abe Ties to Approved Operator of Dubious School

Scandal is swirling around Prime Minister Abe Shinzō as reports surface that he wielded influence through the cabinet organization to secure approval of a new veterinary school to be built in a specially designated strategic district in Ehime Prefecture. The proposed school would be operated by Kake Gakuen, an educational outfit in Okayama Prefecture headed by Kake Kōtarō, a personal friend of t…

LDP Should Draw Up Constitutional Revision Plan This Year: Abe (News)

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Sunday underscored the need for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to draw up within this year its proposal on constitutional revisions. "The LDP, the largest political party in Japan, should fulfill its responsibility by coming up with its constitutional revision proposal this year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the …

Can the Japan-US Alliance Survive the Trump Presidency?Nakayama Toshihiro

US President Donald Trump managed to assuage Japanese security anxieties during Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s visit last February. But political scientist Nakayama Toshihiro cautions that Trump’s America-first approach could undermine the foundations on which Japan and the United States have built their bilateral security partnership.

Japan Hopes to Build Ties with South Korea’s Next Government Quickly (News)

Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to work hard to build solid relations with the next administration of South Korea as soon as it is established, in order to deal with growing tensions over North Korea due to the reclusive state's nuclear and missile development. In a statement of congratulations to Moon Jae-in on winning the South Korean presidential election, Japanese Pr…

Abe Instructs LDP to Promote Talks on Constitution Revision (News)

Tokyo, May 8 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Monday instructed his ruling party to consider details and promote talks with other parties after he last week sought to amend the Constitution by 2020. The Liberal Democratic Party "should take a historic step forward this year," Abe told a meeting of LDP executives. The LDP has responsibility for leading realistic and detailed…

Abe Hoping to Enforce Revised Constitution in 2020 (News)

Tokyo, May 3 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Wednesday expressed his hope to see a revised constitution of the country go into force in 2020. In a video message sent in his capacity as LDP president to a meeting in Tokyo held by a group calling for constitutional revisions, Abe said, "I want to make 2020 the year when a new…

Abe, Putin Agree to Send Joint Mission to Disputed Isles in May (News)

Moscow, April 27 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Thursday that the two countries will send a joint public-private survey mission to northwestern Pacific islands at the center of the two countries' territorial row as early as in May as part of efforts to materialize joint economic activities there. At their 17th summit, held about th…

Japan’s LDP Extends Max Presidential Term to Nine Years (News)

Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)—Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday extended the maximum party presidential tenure, allowing Prime Minister Abe Shinzō to run in the next LDP leadership election for a term ending in 2021. At its eighty-fourth regular party convention, the LDP revised party rules to extend the maximum presidential tenure to three consecutive three-year terms for a total…

Controversial School Operator Made Pupils Support Abe (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)—A kindergarten run by the private school operator at the center of a controversial land acquisition deal made its pupils express support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, an opposition lawmaker said Monday. During a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Fukushima Nobuyuki of the main opposition Democratic Party said the kindergarten in Osaka…

Abe Seeks Trump’s Leadership Role in World (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Tuesday that he urged US President Donald Trump to play a leadership role in the international community during their latest summit. "The world will be in confusion and uncertainty will grow further unless the US president fulfills a role as a leader of the free world," Abe told a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeti…

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