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.

Seoul pushes back on Japan over disputed islands

TOKYO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea chastised Japan Friday after Tokyo reiterated its claims on a string of contested islands.

Relocation of Marines' Okinawa base will go ahead

TOKYO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Japanese government said the relocation of U.S. Marine base Futenma on Okinawa island to Nago city will go ahead despite opposition by the re-elected mayor of Nago.

Chinese diplomat criticizes Abe's visit to controversial war shrine

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a war shrine is an effort to rewrite the history of his country's role in World War II, a Chinese diplomat said.

China says no dialogue with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

BEIJING, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- China, unrelenting in its criticism of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit to a war memorial shrine, ruled out any dialogue with him.

China blasts Japanese P.M. for visit to shrine to war dead

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "insulted" the people of China with a visit to a shrine honoring World War II criminals, a Chinese official said Saturday.
Okinawa governor's air base relocation decision sparks protests

Okinawa governor's air base relocation decision sparks protests

OKINAWA, Japan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Okinawa governor's OK of landfill work to relocate the U.S. Futenma air base sparked protests against U.S. military presence within the Japanese prefecture.
Shrine visit by Japanese PM angers neighbors

Shrine visit by Japanese PM angers neighbors

TOKYO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Japan Friday faced growing criticism from its neighbors regarding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to a shrine honoring Japanese war dead and war criminals.

Japan core inflation up 1.2 percent in November

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Japan Friday crossed another hurdle in the fight against deflation with data showing core consumer prices rose 1.2 percent year-on-year in November.

U.S. Embassy in Tokyo 'disappointed' in PM's visit to shrine

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said it is "disappointed" Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine, drawing ire from China and South Korea.

Japan Cabinet approves $922 billion budget for next fiscal year

TOKYO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Japanese Cabinet Tuesday approved a 95.9 trillion yen ($922 billion) budget for next fiscal year, calling for higher spending for defense and public works.
Japan considers a boost in military purchases

Japan considers a boost in military purchases

TOKYO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Japan's Cabinet has approved a national security strategy that would boost spending on military equipment and which could start the exportation of weapons.
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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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