Japan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24958/all en Japan's Abe to visit Southeast Asia to boost economic ties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/japans-abe-visit-southeast-asia-boost-economic-ties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Antoni Slodkowski</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's first overseas trip will see him visit Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand in January, aiming to bolster ties with the growing Asian economies as relations with Beijing stay tense.</p> <p>Abe had hoped to first visit Washington in order to strengthen Japan's alliance with the United States, but the visit was postponed due to President Barack Obama's tight schedule, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/japans-abe-visit-southeast-asia-boost-economic-ties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japan Politics Politics of Japan Shinzō Abe Shinzo Abe Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:30:16 +0000 5732490 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Japan's Abe to visit Southeast Asia to boost economic ties http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-japans-abe-visit-southeast-asia-boost-economic-ties <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Japan to supply coastguard vessels to the Philippines)</p> <p>By Antoni Slodkowski</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will this month make his first overseas trip since winning office to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, aiming to strengthen ties with the growing Asian economies as relations with China stay tense.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-japans-abe-visit-southeast-asia-boost-economic-ties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japan Politics Politics of Japan Shinzō Abe Shinzo Abe Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:00:11 +0000 5732522 at http://www.globalpost.com ANALYSIS-Glimmer of Japan reform hope among clouds of scepticism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/analysis-glimmer-japan-reform-hope-among-clouds-scepticism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Doubting politicians' commitment to economic reform is a tough habit for Japan experts to kick, so the air of cautious optimism around the appointments of dynamic CEOs to advise on boosting industrial competitiveness comes as a bit of a surprise.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/analysis-glimmer-japan-reform-hope-among-clouds-scepticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Human Interest Japan Junichiro Koizumi Shinzō Abe Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:16:08 +0000 5732859 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan sets defence budget rise amid ugly islands dispute with China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/japan-sets-defence-budget-rise-amid-ugly-islands-dispute-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Japan is planning to increase its defence budget this year for the first time in 11 years, the Defence Ministry's revised budget request showed on Friday, amid a bitter territorial dispute with China.</p> <p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led his Liberal Democratic Party to a landslide victory last month, promising to beef up the military and stand tough in a row with China over East China Sea islets claimed by both sides.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/japan-sets-defence-budget-rise-amid-ugly-islands-dispute-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Japan Japanese yen Shinzō Abe Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:00:03 +0000 5733047 at http://www.globalpost.com ANALYSIS-Japan's Abe rolls out strategic PR, policy campaign http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/analysis-japans-abe-rolls-out-strategic-pr-policy-campaign <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Buoyed by a December election landslide, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is rolling out a comprehensive PR strategy mixing Facebook, public appearances and policy announcements to prop up voter ratings ahead of a crucial July poll in an effort to avoid becoming just the latest of the country's short-term leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/analysis-japans-abe-rolls-out-strategic-pr-policy-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Japan Liberal Democratic Party Religion Shinzō Abe Shinzo Abe Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:00:12 +0000 5733930 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan voters back PM Abe's efforts to spur growth, beat deflation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/japan-voters-back-pm-abes-efforts-spur-growth-beat-deflation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Jan 14 (Reuters) - More than two thirds of Japanese voters support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, a media survey published on Monday showed, with many of them praising his efforts to battle deflation and stimulate the economy.</p> <p>Abe took office last month after his conservative Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) landslide election victory on Dec. 16, promising to revive the world's third-biggest economy with bold monetary easing and big spending by the debt-laden government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/japan-voters-back-pm-abes-efforts-spur-growth-beat-deflation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economics Japan Politics Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:00:28 +0000 5733985 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Japan PM cuts short Asia trip due to hostage crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-japan-pm-may-cut-short-asia-trip-due-hostage-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cancelled part of his trip in Southeast Asia, his first overseas trip since taking office, and will fly home early due to the hostage crisis in Algeria, Japan's senior government spokesman said on Friday.</p> <p>Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages, including Japanese, but 30 were killed in the assault along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-japan-pm-may-cut-short-asia-trip-due-hostage-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abe Chief Cabinet Secretary Disaster Japan Politics Shinzō Abe Yoshihide Suga Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 04:15:25 +0000 5735944 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Japan, China need "rules of game" to avoid clash-Abe adviser http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/interview-japan-china-need-rules-game-avoid-clash-abe-adviser <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Japan and China need "rules of the game" to keep a feud over tiny islands from escalating into a military clash, an adviser to Japan's prime minister said on Friday, as a ruling coalition partner prepared to visit Beijing in search of better ties.</p> <p>Sino-Japanese ties chilled sharply after Japan bought the disputed islands in the East China Sea from a private Japanese citizen last September.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/interview-japan-china-need-rules-game-avoid-clash-abe-adviser" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Japan Political geography Politics Shinzō Abe Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:15:15 +0000 5736036 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's Abe treads warily around military shift after Algeria deaths http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-abe-treads-warily-around-military-shift-after-algeria-de <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The Algeria hostage crisis has given ammunition to Japanese conservatives keen to ease limits on military actions abroad, but Japan's post-World War Two pacifist legacy is forcing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to tread carefully.</p> <p>Abe, already labelled a right-wing nationalist, seems wary of upsetting volatile voters - whose top priority is reviving a stagnant economy - by appearing to use the deaths of seven Japanese to push his broader, hawkish security agenda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-abe-treads-warily-around-military-shift-after-algeria-de" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Japan Labor Law Politics Politics of Japan Shinzō Abe Shinzo Abe War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:45:46 +0000 5738213 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan to boost military headcount amid china island row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/japan-boost-military-headcount-amid-china-island-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Japan is set to boost the number of military personnel, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Sunday, as the new government led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) tackles a territorial spat with China over East China Sea islets.</p> <p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led the LDP to a landslide election victory last month, promising to beef up the military and stand tough in the dispute over tiny, uninhabited islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/japan-boost-military-headcount-amid-china-island-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Japan Liberal Democratic Party Shinzō Abe Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:30:42 +0000 5740071 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan PM Abe urges BOJ to make good on promise of bolder action http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/japan-pm-abe-urges-boj-make-good-promise-bolder-action <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tetsushi Kajimoto</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, vowing to overcome what he called an economic crisis facing the nation, urged the Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Monday to hit its inflation target as soon as possible, keeping up pressure on the central bank to make good its promise of bolder action to overcome deflation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/japan-pm-abe-urges-boj-make-good-promise-bolder-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economics Inflation Japan Shinzo Abe Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:30:20 +0000 5740347 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Japan government to review statements on history - minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/interview-japan-government-review-statements-history-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p>TOKYO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Japan's government will review statements by previous administrations about wartime history including a landmark 1995 apology, Japan's education minister said, but added that any changes would not mean rejecting those statements but making them "forward-looking".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/interview-japan-government-review-statements-history-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japan Politics Politics of Japan Shinzō Abe Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:15:37 +0000 5740899 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Japan government to review statements on history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/interview-japan-government-review-statements-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Textbook screening guidelines to be included in review</p> <p>* Any changes to history statements would be "forward-looking"</p> <p>* Japan students should be taught the "splendour" of traditions (Adds more quotes, background)</p> <p>By Linda Sieg</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/interview-japan-government-review-statements-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Japan Politics Politics of Japan Shinzō Abe Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:30:50 +0000 5740909 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan PM vows new statement on WWII http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/japan-pm-vows-new-statement-on-wwii <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Friday he intends to release a new statement on World War II, a move that could cause friction with neighbouring nations including China.</p> <p>"I would like to announce a future-orientated statement that will suit the 21st century," Abe said. "On the timing and the content I'd like to think thoroughly hereafter."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/japan-pm-vows-new-statement-on-wwii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Japan Shinzō Abe Tomiichi Murayama AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:45:26 +0000 5742673 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan manufacturing jobs lowest in five decades http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/japan-manufacturing-jobs-lowest-five-decades <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Employment in Japan's once-mighty manufacturing sector has fallen below 10 million for the first time in five decades, as a new government vows to stoke the struggling economy.</p> <p>Official employment data released Friday showed the number of workers in Japanese industry, which fuelled the country's stratospheric rise from the ashes of World War II, slipped to 9.98 million in December.</p> <p>That is the lowest level since 1961 as firms slash costs and ship manufacturing jobs to lower-cost nations overseas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/japan-manufacturing-jobs-lowest-five-decades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economy of Japan Japan Manufacturing manufacturing AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 09:45:52 +0000 5742702 at http://www.globalpost.com