Japan asks Iraq to confirm killer's arrest

TOKYO, March 2 (UPI) -- Japan is pressing Iraq to confirm reports that the suspect in the 2004 beheading of a Japanese backpacker has been arrested. The Iraqi Ministry of Internal Affairs told the Japanese government it is investigating a local television station's Feb. 22 repor

Koizumi rebuts Roh's remarks

TOKYO, March 1 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister, deflecting criticisms by South Korea's president, pointed out Japan's efforts at peaceful relations over the past 60 years.

Koizumi to suspend royal ascension bill

TOKYO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will delay submitting a bill allowing women to succeed to the throne, in light of news of a royal pregnancy.

Japan: Press N.Korea on abductions

TOKYO, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Japan may have to put pressure on North Korea to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens, Japan's top spokesman said Thursday. "Unfortunately, it is hard to say that (North Korea) made a sincere response this time," Chief Cabinet

Japan-N.Korea to begin talks in China

TOKYO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Japan and North Korea will meet in Beijing next week to discuss steps toward normalizing diplomatic ties, Japanese Foreign Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.

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.
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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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