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'EU open for business' leaders say, as Japan's PM pushes trade deal

"The EU is open for business," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, before heading into a meeting convened to push for a swift conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU by the end of this year.

Merkel, Abe advocate free trade at German technology fair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the CeBIT technology fair Monday in a meeting intended to give new momentum to a trade accord between Japan and the European Union.

North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

Japanese and South Korean officials condemned Monday's launch of four ballistic missiles by North Korea, after the missiles fell into the sea 300 to 350 kilometres off the coast of Japan.

Japan party rule change could make Abe longest-serving PM

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Sunday approved extending the term limits of the party's president, a change which could see Prime Minister Shinzo Abe become the longest-serving premier in the postwar era.

Japanese PM Abe to discuss Trump in meeting with Germany's Merkel

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will travel to Germany in March to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on US foreign policy under President Donald Trump and other issues, he said Tuesday.

Trump, Abe play golf in sunshine as reporters sit in blacked-out room

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were scheduled to play a round of golf in the Florida sunshine on Saturday, though journalists were prevented from watching the match.

Japan's Abe gives Vietnam fresh loans, patrol boats

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Vietnam Monday afternoon with fresh aid and loan packages amid both country's ongoing tensions with China.

Abe strengthens military ties with Australia during Asia-Pacific tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Australia on Saturday to meet counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to strengthen military ties and regional security while discussing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.

Japanese PM seeks to solidify ties to Manila with billions in gifts

With an eye on Chinese assertiveness in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the Philippines Thursday bearing 9 billion dollars in aid and investment promises designed to bolster bilateral ties between Tokyo and Manila.

Obama at Pearl Harbor: There is more to be won in peace than in war

The alliance between the United States and Japan proves that there is more to be gained through peace than through war, US President Barack Obama has said in remarks at Pearl Harbor.

Obama, Abe lay wreaths at Pearl Harbor memorial

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have laid wreaths at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Japanese Premier Abe lays wreaths ahead of Pearl Harbor visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid a wreath at a memorial on the Hawaiian island of Oahu ahead of a historic joint visit to Pearl Harbor with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Japanese premier arrives in Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday for a visit along with outgoing US President Barack Obama to Pearl Harbor, the US military base Japan attacked 75 years ago.

Russia, Japan agree to economic cooperation on disputed Kuril Islands

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached an agreement on Thursday for economic cooperation on the disputed Kuril Islands, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

Japan files protest over Russia missile deployment on disputed isles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed displeasure over Russia's recent deployment of missile systems on islands disputed with Moscow.

Trump, Japanese premier Abe hold "very candid" discussion

Japan expressed satisfaction on Friday following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s face-to-face talks with Donald Trump in New York, despite remarks made during the president-elect's campaign which alarmed Tokyo.

Japan, India ink controversial nuclear pact

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in Tokyo, despite public opposition to the pact in the two countries.

Japan hangs murderer in 17th execution under current prime minister

Japan executed a man on death row early Friday in the first death sentence carried out since March, the government said.

Japanese premier to ask Philippine leader to mend US ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to ask Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to repair soured relations with the United States when the two meet in Tokyo, local media reported Tuesday.

Japan to claim ownership of islands disputed with Russia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government will continue to insist on its sovereignty over a group of islets and several islands, seized by the Soviet Union following Japan's surrender at the end of World War II.

Japan pledges 30-billion-dollar investment in Africa over three years

Japan will invest 30 billion dollars in Africa's infrastructure over the next three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a two-day summit on Saturday.

Japan to provide 100 billion yen in loans for Myanmar

Japan plans to offer Myanmar 100 billion yen (995 million dollars) in loans for infrastructure projects in an effort to counter China's influence in the South-East Asian country, Japanese media reported Friday. 

Abe tells China to respect international order amid islands row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that rule-based international order must be respected in talks on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Friday. 

Japan premier’s election win paves way for constitutional change

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition and their allies won a two-thirds majority in upper house elections, paving the way for Abe to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution, local media reported Monday.

Japan premier boosts power base as ruling coalition claims victory

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito achieved a decisive victory in upper house elections Sunday, early returns and media projections showed.

Japan premier's ruling coalition wins upper house majority

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito won a major victory in upper house elections Sunday, preliminary results and local media exit polls showed.

Abe’s ruling coalition projected to win upper house majority

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito are poised to win an overwhelming victory in upper house elections Sunday, local media projected.

Abe likely to enhance power base as Japan votes for upper house

Voters cast their ballots in upper house elections Sunday in Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition was expected to win an overwhelming victory in the House of Councillors thanks to a less unified opposition camp.

Japanese go to polls as premier’s ruling party expected to win big

Voters cast their ballots in upper house elections Sunday in Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was expected to gain more seats in the House of Councillors thanks to a less unified opposition camp.

US sailor arrest "regrettable," Japan premier says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized the US military on Monday following the arrest for suspected drunk driving of a sailor stationed on the island of Okinawa.

Obama makes historic Hiroshima visit, 71 years after atomic bombing

Barack Obama travelled to Hiroshima on Friday, becoming the first sitting US president to visit the western Japanese city where US forces dropped the first atomic bomb in the closing days of World War II.