Japan: Whaling follows international law

TOKYO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Japanese government officials say their nation's whaling fleet is operating only for research purposes, in accordance with international rules.

Winter's toll tops 80 in Japan

TOKYO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Japan is staggering under one of the heaviest snowfalls in years, with more than 80 deaths reported.

China may have driven consul to suicide

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A Japanese consul in Shanghai who killed himself had been pressured by Chinese authorities to hand over confidential information, a magazine claims.

Abduction is Japan-N.Korea sticking point

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Japan can't normalize diplomatic relations with North Korea until the issue of North Korea abducting Japanese citizens is resolved, a top official has said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe told a Tokyo news conference Monday, "We have an unchanged basi

Japan-North Korea talks to resume

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Japan announced Wednesday that bilateral talks with North Korea would resume in Beijing Saturday, with its abducted citizens at the top of Japan's agenda.

Japan appoints human rights envoy

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Japan has appointed career diplomat Fumiko Saiga as a special envoy on human rights, responsible for handling the cases of Japanese abducted by North Korea.

Japan to demand repayments from N.Korea

TOKYO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Japan wants North Korea to pay back about $406 million lent for a light-water reactor project that was finally abandoned this week.

Japan opens Internet TV site

TOKYO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Japanese government Thursday opened an official Internet TV site which will show the prime minister's news conferences or meetings with VIPs. The Web TV site's nine programs include "Lion Weekly," a short film showing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi'

New members named to Japan's Cabinet

TOKYO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday announced the names of new Cabinet members.

U.S. warns North Korea of retaliation

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The Bush administration has issued its first threat of punitive action against North Korea if nuclear production leads to nuclear testing.

Japan to improve business ties with India

TOKYO, March 23 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit India in April in a bid to improve business ties with the country.

Japan tiptoes on imposing North Korea sanctions

TOKYO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- No decision has yet been made on whether to impose sanctions against North Korea or not, but some Japanese lawmakers are stepping up efforts to pressure Kim Jon
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Koizumi rearranges ruling party leaders

TOKYO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi appointed former Agriculture Minister Tsutomu Takebe as ruling Liberal Democratic Party secretary-general Monday.

Japan cabinet reshuffle in September

TOKYO, July 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in the early hours of Monday that a cabinet reshuffle will take place in September.

Japanese PM says he won't step down

TOKYO, July 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Sunday he will not step down although his party may fall short of its target in the House of Councilors election.
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Shinzo Abe
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)

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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