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Japan, U.S. begin mutual defense talks

TOKYO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese and U.S. officials began discussions Thursday in Tokyo on updating the two countries' military relationship.

Chinese media comments on Abe's trip

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to three Asian countries is "political posturing," one Chinese analyst told China Daily.

Chinese official for dialogue over islands

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A top Chinese official called for dialogue on the island dispute with Japan while a spokesman said Beijing remained on high alert over the escalating tensions.

Gold down slightly in New York

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Silver and gold dropped slightly in New York Wednesday, where the price has held steady since the new year, despite a spike in gold prices in Japan.

China to survey disputed Diaoyu Islands

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- China said it will survey the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea to "safeguard China's marine rights," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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U.S. markets flat Friday ... Trade gap widened in November ... Abe gov't approves $116B stimulus package ... Cook: China is the apple in Apple's eye ... News from United Press International.

Abe gov't approves $116B stimulus package

TOKYO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet Friday approved a package of over $116 billion to stimulate the economy, hobbled by deflation and falling exports.

Japan protests Chinese presence at islands

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- China rejected Japan's protest over the presence of its vessels in the waters off the Senkaku Islands, using the occasion to attack the new government in Tokyo.

Abe's U.S. trip may be postponed

TOKYO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may postpone his U.S. trip to February because of rescheduling difficulties of President Barack Obama, Japanese officials said.

Japan supplementary budget may reach $136B

TOKYO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The new Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning a supplementary budget of up to $136 billion, sources told Kyodo News.

Abe gets party support on trade talks

TOKYO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will get party support if he decides to join the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, a party official said.

Seoul, Tokyo face 'challenge' in relations

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Improving relations with Japan is a "big challenge" in light of recent events, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Friday.

New nuclear reactors for Japan?

TOKYO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Japan's new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has indicated he would approve the construction of more nuclear reactors.

Japan P.M.: New nuclear plants possible

TOKYO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- New reactors can be built with people's consent, Japan's new prime minister said, which would alter the previous regime's policy to phase out nuclear power.

Japan death row population rises to 133

TOKYO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- There were 133 inmates on Japan's death row at the end of 2012, the most since 1949, the Japanese Justice Ministry said.
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Shinzo Abe, newly-elected Prime Minister of Japan, leaves the plenary session of the Upper House in Tokyo, Japan, on September 26, 2006. Both Houses overwhelmingly elected Abe as the 90th premier. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Shinzō Abe (安倍 晋三, Abe Shinzō?,  ( listen); born 21 September 1954) was the 90th Prime Minister of Japan, elected by a special session of the National Diet on 26 September 2006. He was Japan's youngest post–World War II prime minister and the first born after the war. Abe served as prime minister for nearly twelve months, before resigning on 12 September 2007. He was replaced by Yasuo Fukuda, beginning a string of Prime Ministers who could not keep the office for more than one year.

Abe was born in Nagato and soon moved to Tokyo. He attended Seikei elementary school and Fuku Yu high school. He studied political science at Seikei University, graduating in 1977. He later moved to the United States and studied "English for foreign students" and political science at the University of Southern California. In April 1979, Abe began working for Kobe Steel. He left the company in 1982 and pursued a number of governmental positions including executive assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, private secretary to the chairperson of the LDP General Council, and private secretary to the LDP secretary-general.

Abe was born into a political family of significance. His grandfather, Kan Abe, and father, Shintaro Abe, were both politicians. Abe's mother, Yoko Kishi, is the daughter of Nobusuke Kishi, prime minister of Japan from 1957 to 1960. Kishi had been a member of the Tōjō Cabinet during the Second World War. Since GHQ's policy changed and became more anti-communist, Kishi was released from Sugamo Prison, and later established the Japan Democratic Party. In 1950 Shigeru Yoshida's Liberal Party and Kishi's Democratic Party merged as an anti-leftist coalition and became the Liberal Democratic Party of today.

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