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Abe Cabinet Support Rises to 48%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in February rose 2.1 percentage points from January to 48.7%, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Friday. The disapproval rating declined 1.7 points to 31.9%. The results are believed to reflect mainly Abe's attendance at the opening ceremony for the ongoing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Kore…

Abe Meets North Korea’s No. 2 Official in Pyeongchang (News)

Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō briefly met with North Korea's second-highest-ranking official on Friday, during their visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, according to South Korea's presidential office. Abe shook hands and exchanged words with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Su…

Abe Urges Moon to Implement Comfort Women Pact (News)

Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged Seoul to steadily implement its December 2015 bilateral accord with Tokyo on the issue of so-called comfort women. They reaffirmed cooperation among the two Asian countries and the United States in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile de…

Abe, Pence Agree to Keep Maximum Pressure on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and US Vice President Mike Pence, at a meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, reconfirmed their countries' stances of continuing to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to make the reclusive state abandon its nuclear and missile development programs. The Abe-Pence meeting took place ahead of their separate talks with South Korean President …

Abe to Attend Pyeongchang Olympic Opening Ceremony (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Wednesday showed his willingness to attend the February 9 opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, reversing his initial intention to skip the event. "I want to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics' opening ceremony when conditions permit," Abe told reporters at his office. Also expressing his wish to ho…

Support Rate for Abe Cabinet Rises to 46%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)—The public support rate for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January rose 4.0 percentage points from the previous month to 46.6%, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday. The disapproval rate for the cabinet fell 2.5 points to 33.6%, according to the opinion poll conducted for four days through Monday. The results are likely to have reflected an att…

Japan’s Politics in 2018: Prospects for Abe’s Constitutional Revision Agenda?Takahashi Masamitsu

Prime Minister Abe is seen as likely to win reelection as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party this September, enabling him to lead Japan for another three years. He is eager to get Japan’s post–World War II Constitution amended for the first time, but accomplishing this will be a major challenge.

Abe Keen to Spur Discussions on Constitution among Public (News)

Ise, Mie Pref., Jan. 4 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed on Thursday his eagerness to further promote discussions among the public on amending the country's Constitution. "This year, we (the ruling Liberal Democratic Party) will show the public the shape of our ideal Constitution, in a bid to further deepen national discussions on constitutional amendment," Abe, also LDP …

Trump’s Asia Tour and Japanese DiplomacyKohara Masahiro

The author, a former diplomat, assesses the outcome of President Trump’s recent Asian tour and considers the implications for Japan’s foreign policy, noting the importance of stronger ties between Tokyo and Beijing against the backdrop over uncertainty about the prospects for the North Korean nuclear and missile development programs and the shape of the regional order.

Abe Cabinet’s Approval Rate Rises to 45.4%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō rose 8.3 percentage points from October to 45.4% this month, outpacing its disapproval rate, which dropped 4.7 points to 37.1%, for the first time in two months, according to a Jiji Press opinion poll. The results, released on Friday, appear to reflect the public's positive response to the ruling Li…

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