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Popular Kim Jong Un video from China draws protest from North Korea

Popular Kim Jong Un video from China draws protest from North Korea

BEIJING, July 22 (UPI) --According to reports, a viral video depicting a photoshopped Kim Jong Un showing off his dance moves is drawing protests from North Korea.
Evan Bleier
North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles

North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 9 (UPI) --North Korea launched two short-range missiles from the western Hwanghae Province early Wednesday.
JC Finley
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to overturn constitution's post-war pacifist policy

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to overturn constitution's post-war pacifist policy

TOKYO, June 30 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe is expected to overturn the pacifist policy of Japan's constitution that would make it easier to engage in overseas conflicts.
Aileen Graef
Tokyo assemblywoman heckled by male colleagues during women's rights speech

Tokyo assemblywoman heckled by male colleagues during women's rights speech

TOKYO, June 20 (UPI) --Assemblywoman Ayaka Shiomura was heckled by her colleagues in Japan during a speech on the need for more services for women.
JC Finley
Japan kills 30 minke whales for 'scientific research'

Japan kills 30 minke whales for 'scientific research'

TOKYO, June 16 (UPI) --Japan continues to hunt and kill whales, despite a ruling against their activities earlier this year by the International Court of Justice.
Brooks Hays
Report: Japan looking for military helicopter deal

Report: Japan looking for military helicopter deal

TOKYO, June 12 (UPI) --Japan and helicopter manufacturers are said to be in talks over procurement deal.
Richard Tomkins
Japan intends to resume whaling despite U.N. court ban, says PM

Japan intends to resume whaling despite U.N. court ban, says PM

TOKYO, June 9 (UPI) --Despite a whaling ban imposed in March by the International Court of Justice, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan plans to resume its whale hunt.
JC Finley
Japan to play greater regional security role, prime minister says

Japan to play greater regional security role, prime minister says

SINGAPORE , May 30 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would play a greater role in Asian security and support Asian counties in territorial disputes with China.
Ed Adamczyk
North Korea threatens Japan with 'fiery lightning'

North Korea threatens Japan with 'fiery lightning'

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 13 (UPI) --North Korea threatened Japan with "fiery lightning" if Japan maintains its right to collective self-defense.
JC Finley
London, Tokyo join energy hands

London, Tokyo join energy hands

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- The British energy secretary said Thursday his government was looking for new ways to cooperate with Japan to curb climate change and enhance energy security.
Daniel J. Graeber
U.S. President Barack Obama embarks on week-long Asian trip

U.S. President Barack Obama embarks on week-long Asian trip

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a week-long trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines to discuss security and trade issues.
Aileen Graef
South Korea critical of Japanese prime minister's offering at war shrine

South Korea critical of Japanese prime minister's offering at war shrine

SEOUL , April 21 (UPI) -- An offering by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was seen in South Korea as glorifying Japanese imperialism and the colonization of Korea.
Ed Adamczyk

Japan consumer prices rise 1.3 percent year-on-year in January

TOKYO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Japan's core consumer price index rose 1.3 percent year-on-year in January in another indication of the economy coming out of deflation, data showed Friday.

Draft says Japan may allow arms exports to secure sea lanes

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Japanese government draft proposes allowing exports of arms and technology if they help enhance the country's security.

Nuclear important in Japan's latest draft energy policy

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Japan's government on Tuesday released an energy policy document in which nuclear power is considered an important electricity source.
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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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