Abe raises questions about war tribunal

TOKYO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said 14 Japanese convicted in 1948 by a war crimes tribunal should be referred to as war criminals.

Japan, S. Korea, China to meet on N. Korea

TOKYO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Japan, South Korea and China said Wednesday they would meet to repair damaged ties and coordinate a strategy to respond to North Korea's nuclear threat. New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planned to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao Sunday and wit

N. Korea threatens nuclear test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- North Korea says it plans a nuclear weapons test, bringing stern warnings from Japan and the United States.

Japan PM questioned on World War II

TOKYO, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during his first day of Diet questioning that there are "various debates" about who is responsible for World War II.

More warming in Japan-S. Korea relations

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- South Korean diplomats in Seoul said Monday they are encouraged by exchanges with their Japanese counterparts over warming relations.

Japan's Diet session to focus on education

TOKYO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing legislators for educational reform during a special session of the Diet.

Abe pledges 'quiet pride' for Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Shinzo Abe, speaking the first time as Japan's prime minister, said his policies would be patriotic at home and aggressive abroad.

S. Korea, Japan to resume summit talks

TOKYO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Relations between Japan and South Korea warmed Thursday when Japan's new leader offered to resume stalled talks over contentious issues.

Japan's Abe wants U.S.-style NSC

TOKYO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he wants to create a version of the U.S. National Security Council to gather and analyze intelligence.

Japan elects Abe new prime minister

TOKYO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe was elected prime minister of Japan Tuesday by both houses of parliament.

China, Japan to meet for sixth time

TOKYO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A sixth round of strategic discussions on bilateral ties and other issues between China and Japan is scheduled for this weekend in Tokyo.

Japan's teachers win patriotism lawsuit

TOKYO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A Tokyo court has ruled that Japan's teachers cannot be forced to set an example of patriotism for their students and sing the national anthem.

Abe closer to becoming prime minister

TOKYO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe has moved closer to becoming the next prime minister after winning the leadership of the ruling party.

Abe choice in Japan PM race

TOKYO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Shinzo Abe, the popular chief Cabinet secretary, was the big favorite as campaigning began Friday for prime minister of Japan.

Female succession on back burner

TOKYO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Japanese official expected to become the next prime minister dropped a plan to change the succession law even before this week's birth of a male heir.

Japanese warns of 'dangerous nationalism'

TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Japanese lawmaker whose house was burned down after he criticized the prime minister's visit to a World War II shrine has warned of dangerous nationalism.

Australia plans closer ties to Japan

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Australia's government is planning to deepen ties with Japan, with a bilateral security agreement for new military and security cooperation.

Two Koreas meet over missile crisis

BUSAN, South Korea, July 11 (UPI) -- Senior officials from both Koreas met Tuesday in South Korea's port city of Busan to try to defuse the simmering issue of North Korean missile testing.

Japan lawmakers see income increase

TOKYO, July 3 (UPI) -- Japan's Diet members in 2005 saw an increase in their salaries for the first time in four years, and have an average income of $212,250.

Fukuda favorite among Japanese businesses

TOKYO, June 24 (UPI) -- Former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda is the preferred choice of business leaders as the next prime minister, Asahi Shimbun surveys showed.

Japan takes tough stand on Korean missile

TOKYO, June 19 (UPI) -- Japan will take hard-line stance if North Korea launches a long-range missile, Japan's top spokesman said Monday.

Koizumi to talk with Bush in U.S. in June

TOKYO, May 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit Canada and the United States from June 27 to July 1, a government official said Thursday.

Japan to work with Thailand on abductions

TOKYO, May 15 (UPI) -- Japanese and Thai officials agreed Monday in Tokyo to cooperate in pressuring North Korea for information on both countries' abducted foreign nationals.

Japan to raise abduction issue at summit

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- Japan plans to raise the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals at July's Group of Eight summit in Russia, an official said.

Japan demands S.Korea accept sea survey

TOKYO, April 19 (UPI) -- A senior Japanese official Wednesday asked South Korea to understand Japan's planned maritime survey around disputed isles in the Sea of Japan. "There is no problem, in terms of international law, that we conduct a scientific maritime survey within our co
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