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    1. August 24, 2015

      Japan’s Abe rebuffs China invite to military parade

      Japan’s prime minister has rebuffed China’s invitation to a military parade marking the end of the second world war in...

    2. August 23, 2015

      Japan protests after Russia PM visits disputed islands

      Japan has protested bitterly after Russia’s prime minister visited a disputed island in a row that threatens improved...

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    1. August 20, 2015

      South Korea’s Park Geun-hye to attend China’s war commemorations

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted Beijing’s invitation to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of...

    2. August 17, 2015

      Japan: A pacifist’s plan to arm the world

      By 8.45am on February 19, 1942, almost 50 Japanese fighters and bombers had been launched from the deck of the Soryu...

    3. August 16, 2015

      Asia should focus more on the future than the past

      In Europe, the more time that passes from the terrible events of the second world war, the more the rancour diminishes...

    4. August 14, 2015

      Shinzo Abe upholds Japan war apology but shifts context sharply

      Shinzo Abe on Friday declined to issue his own clear apology for Japan’s wartime actions, as the prime minister...

    5. August 12, 2015

      Abe to reflect former apologies over war

      Shinzo Abe is likely to reuse crucial phrases from past Japanese apologies for the second world war on Friday’s 70th...

    6. August 11, 2015

      Asia: History lessons feed rival nationalisms

      When the Chinese Communist party’s Eighth Route Army marched into Wuxiang county in 1937, one of its commanders asked...

    7. August 7, 2015

      Japan’s pacifist stance under threat

      At 8.15am on August 6 1945, the centre of Hiroshima vanished in a single white flash — obliterated by the first atomic...

    8. August 4, 2015

      Volatile yen threat as Abe support wanes

      In mid-July, when Shinzo Abe commanded the organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to rip up plans for the $2bn national...

    9. July 30, 2015

      Japan is justified in its new defence posture

      It is nearly 70 years since Japan’s surrender at the end of the second world war. In 1947, under US occupation, it...

    10. July 23, 2015

      Japan receives more tourists than it sends abroad

      A weaker yen, a boom in cruise holidays and a surge of Chinese shopaholics have pushed Japan across a historic...

    11. July 22, 2015

      Abe’s Japan inches away from pacifism

      In 1960 Nobusuke Kishi, then prime minister, rammed through legislation to strengthen Japan’s military alliance with...

    12. July 21, 2015

      Japan ramps up warnings over China in maritime dispute

      Japan has ramped up warnings over the dangers posed by a more uncompromising China, highlighting satellite images of...

    13. July 17, 2015

      Shinzo Abe seeks to reassure China over Japan’s security bills

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has sent a trusted ally to China to explain the controversial security bills just...

    14. July 17, 2015

      Japan scraps $2bn Tokyo Olympic stadium designed by Zaha Hadid

      Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has waded into the battle over the ballooning cost of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics, axing...

    15. July 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe defies big protest to ram self-defence bill through Diet

      Shinzo Abe’s government has rammed a security law through a crucial parliamentary vote amid chaotic scenes of protest...

    16. July 9, 2015

      Abe seeks to turn debate back on to economy

      Shinzo Abe has claimed his Abenomics reforms are accelerating as he sought to reassure foreign investors who fear he...

    17. July 7, 2015

      Shinzo Abe faces setback on Japan security reform

      Shinzo Abe‘s attempts to push forward controversial security reforms may have suffered a setback after MPs from his...

    18. July 5, 2015

      Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

      Japan has pledged Y750bn ($6.1bn) in aid to the “Mekong five” nations over the next three years as Tokyo seeks fresh...

    19. June 30, 2015

      Japanese politicians sweat in the city to pass Abe’s pet project

      Summer in Japan. First the air turns damp, then the rain pours, before June gives way to the sweaty heat of July and...

    20. June 29, 2015

      Shinzo Abe accused of ‘emasculating Japanese media’

      When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on the southern island of Okinawa last week he faced loud heckling — but...

    21. June 19, 2015

      Hedge fund bets against Japanese shares hit record levels

      Bets against Japanese share prices rising in the future reached a record level this week, challenging the euphoria over...

    22. June 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe’s approval ratings fall to new low

      Shinzo Abe’s poll ratings are at their lowest since taking up his second spell in office in 2012 as the Japanese prime...

    23. May 31, 2015

      Japan prepares to lower voting age

      The world’s most rapidly ageing society is preparing to lower its voting age from 20 to 18 and Natsuki Uchiyama, a...

    24. May 19, 2015

      Rise in graduate jobs as Japan’s labour market tightens

      A near-record 96.7 per cent of Japan’s new university graduates have found jobs this year in a sign of the country’s...

    25. May 18, 2015

      Obama’s Pacific trade deal will not tame China

      Why is Barack Obama so desperate to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal? The long-winded official answer is...

    26. May 17, 2015

      Osaka’s residents reject plans to turn city into ‘metropolis’

      The people of Osaka have narrowly rejected a plan to abolish their municipality in a vote that highlighted the dilemma...

    27. May 15, 2015

      Osaka to vote on metropolis status in bid to compete with Tokyo

      The dilemma of the world’s second cities will be acted out in Japan on Sunday as Osaka’s citizens vote on abolishing...

    28. May 13, 2015

      Japan military reform poses threat to Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, will this week push ahead with plans to loosen rules governing the military, even...

    29. May 7, 2015

      Shinzo Abe rebuked over Japan’s stance on ‘comfort women’

      An international group of scholars has rebuked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his view of history by...

    30. May 1, 2015

      Japan edges back from brink of deflation

      Japan has edged back from the brink of deflation in a day of relief for the country’s central bank as core inflation...

    31. April 30, 2015

      The west can look for answers in Japan’s lost decades

      Has Japan turned a corner? Three years after Shinzo Abe, prime minister, began deploying his three arrows of monetary...

    32. April 28, 2015

      Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama and the TPP: what you need to know

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, is in Washington this week to meet US President Barack Obama and address a...

    33. April 26, 2015

      US should back Japan but not at any price

      When Shinzo Abe begins his week-long tour of the US on Monday, Washington will treat him as a friend. As well as being...

    34. April 24, 2015

      Japan makes arrest after drone lands on roof of Abe’s office

      Japanese police arrested a man who allegedly dropped a small drone laced with traces of radiation on the prime...

    35. April 22, 2015

      An unsinkable Pacific alliance

      If the Americans and Japanese went in for that kind of thing they might describe themselves as being as close as lips...

    36. April 22, 2015

      Japan moves closer to nuclear restart

      Japan has moved closer to generating nuclear power for the first time since 2013 after a court approved the restart of...

    37. April 21, 2015

      Abe faces defining week as he readies speech to US Congress

      Shinzo Abe is about to start a defining week for his premiership as he travels to Indonesia before an unprecedented...

    38. April 9, 2015

      Japan in long battle over war apology

      Japan risks forgetting the lessons of its militarist past if prime minister Shinzo Abe tampers with history, according...

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