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Japan's ruling party seeks to ease ban on arms exports

Japan's ruling party seeks to ease ban on arms exports

TOKYO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Japan's ruling party is seeking approval for a security strategy that could ease a ban on arms exports, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Japan's January trade deficit hits record $27.3 billion

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's trade deficit in January soared to a record 2.79 trillion yen ($27.3 billion) as import costs surged due to a weaker yen, the government said Thursday.
Japan's economy grows a disappointing 1% in last quarter

Japan's economy grows a disappointing 1% in last quarter

TOKYO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Japan saw disappointing GDP growth in the last quarter, after the economy grew by only 1 percent, despite stronger capital spending and increased consumption.
Ananth Baliga

Is this a recovery yet?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Despite the temporary disruptions of an unusually harsh winter, the world's two biggest economic blocks are helping rather than hindering the global economy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

Kerry: Obama visit to South Korea comes at important time

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to South Korea comes at a time when there is "too much tension" in the region.

Tokyo election win a victory for nuclear power?

TOKYO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The victory of Yoichi Masuzoe in Tokyo's gubernatorial election on Sunday could be a boost for Japan's return to nuclear power.
Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

Putin says Russia-China ties getting 'better and better'

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said ties between his country and China "get better and better" and it may seem there is little room left for improvement.

China's official news agency attacks Aquino for his comments

BEIJING, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The president of the Philippines exposed his ignorance of history and reality when he compared China to Nazi Germany, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.

North Korean media attacks Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- North Korea's official media has attacked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government's policies, with its news agency likening him to Adolf Hitler.

Russia, Japan discuss how to resolve longstanding dispute over islands

TOKYO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Russian and Japanese officials Friday began discussing an end to a territorial dispute that has kept the two nations from signing a World War II peace treaty.

Japan consumer prices up 0.4 percent in 2013

TOKYO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Japan, battling years of deflation, recorded a year-on-year core consumer price increase of 0.4 percent in 2013, the first such since 2008, data showed Friday.

Canon to increase domestic production

TOKYO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Japanese camera and office equipment giant Canon Inc. said it planned to increase domestic production to take advantage of a weaker yen.

Japan's fuel imports contribute to record trade deficit

TOKYO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Soaring fuel imports in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, amid a weaker yen, have contributed to the country's record annual trade deficit, a government official said.

Abe's visit brings India, Japan closer together

NEW DELHI, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a close friend of India, ended his visit with several agreements including a navy drill to be joined by the United States.

Japan December trade deficit soars to $12.7 billion

TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's December trade deficit hit 1.3 trillion yen ($12.7 billion), up 101.6 percent year-on-year, pushing the deficits for all of 2013 to record highs.
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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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