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Japanese Abductee Families May Meet with Trump in November (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is likely to meet with the parents of Yokota Megumi and other members of the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago during his planned visit to Japan early next month, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday. Through the meeting, Japan and the United States aim to demonstrate to North Korea their s…
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A Positive Review for Indo-Japanese Ties

Two years into Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, India’s ties with Japan are growing stronger on the diplomatic, security, and economic fronts. Nippon.com spoke with Dr. C. Raja Mohan, a specialist in Indian foreign policy and regional affairs, about his takes on the India-Japan relationship, prospects for multilateral cooperation, and more.
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Boosting Japan’s “Proactive Contributions to Peace”Jeffrey Hornung

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō returned to office in 2012 with a promise to change Japan. Looking at his term thus far and his efforts to strengthen the US-Japan alliance, revise his country’s security policies, and pursue difficult economic reforms, Abe has already proven to be one of Japan’s most transformative premiers. This year, after a speech to Congress and a seventieth anniversary statement mar…
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The Long Road to Reconciliation in East AsiaKawashima Shin

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II is now the subject of much discussion. Here in Japan the media has been full of references to four terms in this connection: “aggression,” “colonial rule,” “deep remorse,” and “apology.” These are key terms regarding Japan’s actions in the years before and during World War II that appeared in the statements issued by Prime Minister Murayama T…
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Approaching the Seventieth Anniversary of the End of the WarSven Saaler

What does the New Year have in store for Japan? One major event in 2015 will be the seventieth anniversary of the end of the World War II, the sort of symbolic occasion on which grand statements are expected from government and parliament alike. In 1995, marking 50 years since the end of the war, Prime Minister Murayama Tomiichi made a statement in which he apologized for the country’s past aggr…
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A First Reshuffle for Second Abe Cabinet (September 2014)

On September 3, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced the results of his first cabinet reshuffle since assuming office for the second time in December 2012. Six senior ministers retained their positions, including Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio. Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru took the newly created post of minister in charge of reviving local economies.
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Bringing “Internationalism” BackHosoya Yuichi

In May 2014 the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security presented its final report to the prime minister. Panel member Hosoya discusses the issues this panel addressed, including the constitutionality of collective self-defense.
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Reading Between the Lines of Obama’s Asia Tour

US President Obama’s four-country tour of Asia was not all smooth sailing. No final agreement was reached with Japan on the TPP free trade talks, and in South Korea all eyes were turned to its unprecedented maritime disaster. Still, the United States made steady progress in the objective of solidifying its position in Asia, including the US military’s return to the Philippines for the first time in 22 years.
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Timeline for April 2014

Consumption tax goes up for the first time in 17 years; Obokata Haruko faces her critics after the STAP cell controversy; and Japan welcomes Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US President Barack Obama. A look back at some of the top stories from April 2014.
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What Japan’s Farmers Really Need Is FreedomAsakawa Yoshihiro

While welcoming Prime Minister Abe’s decision for Japan to participate in the TPP free trade talks, agricultural journalist Asakawa Yoshihiro takes issue with the Abe administration’s farming policy, calling for bold moves to free Japan’s farmers and food producers.
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