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Pair of Japanese ministers resign amid accusations of financial impropriety

Pair of Japanese ministers resign amid accusations of financial impropriety

TOKYO, Oct. 20 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dealing with political fallout, as two top ministers were forced to resign in succession amid accusations of impropriety.
Matt Bradwell
Japan pledges $7M to Ukraine at Asia-Europe Meeting

Japan pledges $7M to Ukraine at Asia-Europe Meeting

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 20 (UPI) --Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to provide Ukraine with $7 million in aid.
JC Finley
Japanese PM Abe and Emperor Akihito convene Extraordinary Diet session

Japanese PM Abe and Emperor Akihito convene Extraordinary Diet session

TOKYO, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a policy speech to an extraordinary National Diet session on Monday.
JC Finley
Japan's Mount Ontake volcano erupts, injuring dozens

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano erupts, injuring dozens

NAGANO, Japan, Sept. 27 (UPI) --At least 40 hikers were injured in Japan Saturday when volcano Mount Ontake erupted.
Brooks Hays
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
By United Press International
Japanese PM chooses women and China-friendly members for cabinet reshuffle

Japanese PM chooses women and China-friendly members for cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (UPI) --Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet Wednesday, adding more women and lawmakers sympathetic toward China.
Aileen Graef
Russian military drills on disputed islands anger Japan

Russian military drills on disputed islands anger Japan

TOKYO, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Japan protested Russian military exercises conducted on two of the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean, islands claimed by both countries.
Ed Adamczyk
Japanese economy contracts on account of sales tax increase

Japanese economy contracts on account of sales tax increase

TOKYO, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Japan's economy contacted by 6.8 percent in the second quarter, on account of a new sales tax, wiping out gains made in the first three months of the year.
Ananth Baliga
Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing observed

Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing observed

HIROSHIMA , Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Hiroshima, Japan, target of a U.S. atomic bomb in World War II, commemorated the 69th anniversary of the bombing Wednesday with speeches calling for peace.
Ed Adamczyk
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
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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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