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  • Japan: Shinzo Abe apologizes, but isn't charged for cherry blossom scandal Dec 24, 2020 10:12 PM IST

    Japan: Shinzo Abe apologizes, but isn't charged for cherry blossom scandal

    Abe has denied wrongdoing and said Thursday that he had no knowledge about the illegal payments until the report about the investigation surfaced last month.

  • Will post-Abe Japan help craft an Asian compact to counter China? Easier said than done. Sep 19, 2020 03:52 PM IST

    Will post-Abe Japan help craft an Asian compact to counter China? Easier said than done.

    For Abe, building a compact of Asian states with Japan at its core offered the sole prospect of containing the new superpower the new superpower that has arisen in their midst — and threatens them all

  • Self-made Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's new Prime Minister succeeding Shinzo Abe Sep 17, 2020 03:17 PM IST

    Self-made Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan's new Prime Minister succeeding Shinzo Abe

    Suga, who was chief Cabinet secretary and the top government spokesman under Abe, selected a Cabinet with a mix of fresh faces and current or former ministers, a lineup that suggests a continuation of Abe's influence while reflecting Suga's pledge of administrative reforms

  • Yoshihide Suga poised to win party vote for Japan PM Sep 14, 2020 12:04 PM IST

    Yoshihide Suga poised to win party vote for Japan PM

    The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is choosing its new leader in an internal vote to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced last month that he would resign due to health problems.

  • Who are the candidates to replace Japan PM Abe? Sep 02, 2020 12:54 PM IST

    Who are the candidates to replace Japan PM Abe?

    The decision kicks off a leadership race in the world's third-largest economy, with three leading candidates expected to face off in the poll.

  • Shinzo Abe leaves behind a deep imprint on India-Japan ties Sep 02, 2020 11:52 AM IST

    Shinzo Abe leaves behind a deep imprint on India-Japan ties

    For India, Abe will remain a very special Japanese leader. His fondness for India and his vision for India-Japan ties have been central to his vision of the Indo-Pacific

  • Explainer: Whoever takes over, next Japan PM faces daunting challenges Aug 31, 2020 12:45 PM IST

    Explainer: Whoever takes over, next Japan PM faces daunting challenges

    The winner will serve out Abe's term as party leader until September 2021 and is all but assured the premiership by virtue of the LDP's majority in parliament. Here are main issues the new leader will confront.

  • Shinzo Abe 'greatest' prime minister in Japan's history, says Donald Trump Aug 31, 2020 10:15 AM IST

    Shinzo Abe 'greatest' prime minister in Japan's history, says Donald Trump

    Shinzo Abe, 65, on Friday announced that he intends to step down because of poor health, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis, ending a tenure as Japan's longest-serving prime minister.

  • Shinzo Abe says ‘gut wrenching’ resignation leaves goals unfinished Aug 29, 2020 05:34 PM IST

    Shinzo Abe says ‘gut wrenching’ resignation leaves goals unfinished

    Abe has had ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager and has said the condition was controlled with treatment. Concerns about his health began this summer and grew this month when he visited a Tokyo hospital two weeks in a row for unspecified health checkups.

  • In pics | World this week: Shinzo Abe's resignation, Donald Trump's reelection speech and more Aug 29, 2020 03:48 PM IST

    In pics | World this week: Shinzo Abe's resignation, Donald Trump's reelection speech and more

    Here are some of the most compelling images from around the world this week.

  • In race to replace Japan's Abe, loyalist Yoshihide Suga emerges as strong contender Aug 29, 2020 02:25 PM IST

    In race to replace Japan's Abe, loyalist Yoshihide Suga emerges as strong contender

    Abe, Japan's longest-serving premier, said on Friday he was stepping down due to a worsening of a chronic illness, setting the stage for a leadership election within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

  • Party election to pick PM Shinzo Abe's successor around September 15 Aug 29, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    Party election to pick PM Shinzo Abe's successor around September 15

    Abe's announcement that he is stepping down, after a worsening of the ulcerative colitis he has battled for years, marks the end of his tenure and the start of a several-week race to replace Japan's longest-serving premier.

  • Covid-hit Japan now paying banks to lend Aug 28, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Covid-hit Japan now paying banks to lend

    Bank of Japan has divined a creative new tactic to fight deflation as Covid-19 economic gloom takes deeper hold

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's resigning due to health reasons Aug 28, 2020 10:49 AM IST

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he's resigning due to health reasons

    Speculation about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's health and tenure had risen recently after he made two visits to a hospital.

  • What happens if Japan's Shinzo Abe is incapacitated, or resigns? Aug 25, 2020 01:31 PM IST

    What happens if Japan's Shinzo Abe is incapacitated, or resigns?

    Abe plans to hold a news conference on his health as soon as this week, domestic media said on Tuesday. He has been expected to reshuffle his cabinet and top ruling party posts next month.

  • Japan's Emperor Naruhito expresses 'deep remorse' for wartime actions on 75th anniversary of WWII surrender Aug 15, 2020 10:41 AM IST

    Japan's Emperor Naruhito expresses 'deep remorse' for wartime actions on 75th anniversary of WWII surrender

    Naruhito pledged to reflect on the war's events and expressed hope that the tragedy would never be repeated. There was no word of apology from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who gave thanks for the sacrifices of the Japanese war dead but had nothing to say about the suffering of Japan's neighbours.

  • Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China Jul 14, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China

    The report highlighting the government's defense priorities was adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet on Tuesday, less than a day after the Trump administration rejected outright nearly all of Beijing's significant maritime claims in the South China Sea in a statement likely to deepen the US-China rift.

  • Japan will resume fiscal reform once economy out of deflation: PM Shinzo Abe Jun 15, 2020 10:10 AM IST

    Japan will resume fiscal reform once economy out of deflation: PM Shinzo Abe

    "Japan's economy is battling a crisis, so the priority now is to use all available means to put it on a recovery path," Abe told parliament.

  • Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus May 25, 2020 04:07 PM IST

    Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus

    PM Abe also told a news conference that the total amount of stimulus from two economic packages would exceed 200 trillion yen but it would still take considerable time to get back to normal life while controlling infection risks.

  • In blow to Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, media say Tokyo top prosecutor set to resign May 21, 2020 12:05 PM IST

    In blow to Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, media say Tokyo top prosecutor set to resign

    Tokyo's top prosecutor was set to resign after a report that he gambled illegally during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency

  • Japan's Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need May 21, 2020 11:07 AM IST

    Japan's Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to build 2,000 new ventilators for coronavirus patients that even the government says hospitals are unlikely to need.

  • Coronavirus could last years, says Japanese economist urging more tests, support May 15, 2020 04:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus could last years, says Japanese economist urging more tests, support

    The government can fund huge spending on the coronavirus by issuing more bonds, which the central bank can buy to avoid causing a rise in long-term interest rates, said Keiichiro Kobayashi, who was appointed on Tuesday to join a committee advising the government on measures to combat the pandemic.

  • Japan PM says ready to take more stimulus steps to combat pandemic May 11, 2020 07:46 AM IST

    Japan PM says ready to take more stimulus steps to combat pandemic

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday the government was ready to take further steps to ease the economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump agree to cooperate on steps to fight coronavirus May 08, 2020 08:42 AM IST

    Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump agree to cooperate on steps to fight coronavirus

    Abe and Trump held talks by phone for about 45 minutes from around 10:00 a.m. (0100 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

  • Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31 May 04, 2020 08:50 PM IST

    Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31

    In a nod to the risk those restrictions pose to the world's third-largest economy, however, Abe promised to end restrictions earlier if experts advised him he could do so at a coronavirus task force due to meet on May 14.

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