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What Shinzo Abe Wants From Washington -- And Why He Shouldn't Get It

Bruce Ackerman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Bruce Ackerman

Since taking office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has been trying to repudiate Article Nine of his country's constitution. But the more he tries, the less the public is convinced. Yet Abe refuses to give up, and is coming to Washington next week to enlist America's support. President Obama and Congress should reject the invitation.

Shinzo Abe Elected Japan's New Prime Minister

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 02.24.2013 | World

TOKYO — Shinzo Abe took office as Japan's seventh prime minister in six years Wednesday and vowed to overcome the deep-rooted economic and diplo...

Conservative Party Wins Japan Elections

AP | MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 02.15.2013 | World

TOKYO — After leading his conservative party to a landslide victory that will bring it back to power after a three-year hiatus, Shinzo Abe stres...

Conservative Party Favored As Japanese Vote

AP | MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 02.14.2013 | World

TOKYO — Japanese were voting Sunday in parliamentary elections that were expected to put the once-dominant conservatives back in power after a t...

TEPCO's Credit Rating Reduced To Junk By Moody's

Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

TOKYO - Moody's Investors Service cut its credit rating on Tokyo Electric Power Co to junk status on Monday and kept the operator of Japan's cripp...

Japan Could Avoid An Economic Meltdown By Pulling Together

Reuters | Alan Wheatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO (Reuters) - In these dark hours, Japan would do well to heed former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's memorable maxim that you never...

The Election That Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

If I had told you a month ago that Gordon Brown would be dispatching naval warships to Spain and the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg would be identified as "the most popular leader since Churchill," you would have called for Nurse Ratched.

UK Treasury Secretary Resigns After Abusing Expense Claims

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


Lying About Nuclear Weapons

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

At the moment, there remain more than 23,000 nuclear weapons, 96 percent of them in the hands of Russia and the United States. But this outrageous record is only part of the story.

Japanese Government Offers Families Cash For Kids

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO, Japan �" In the country with the lowest birth rate in the world, the newly empowered Democratic Party of Japan has proposed a solution: pay t...

Japan Breaks Out of U.S. Orbit

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

The transfer of power in Japan marks a desire on the part of many Japanese voters to move toward Asia and out from under the West's sphere of influence.

Dealing with the New Japan: Washington Won't Take "No" for an Answer

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

Only slightly less unhappy than the LDP dinosaurs who misruled Japan for so long are U.S. policymakers, who have grown used to Tokyo playing the role of pliant ally, backing American priorities and hosting its bases.

Japan Jobless Rate Hits New High

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Japan's jobless rate hit a record 5.7% in July and consumer prices fell at a record pace, figures released days before a general election have shown....

Revolution in Japan

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

According to the polls, the Japanese are likely to give the ruling party the boot on Sunday.

Liberal Democratic Party's Half-Century Rule In Japan At Brink Of Ending | Blaine Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO -- Japanese voters are on the brink of doing something they have not been willing to do in more than half a century: throw the bums out. The opp...

Japan: Opposition Promises To Stand Up To America

AP | JAY ALABASTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Japan's main opposition party said Monday that if it comes to power in this month's elections it will confront the United States on key ...