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World 21 Jul 2019 | 10:31 PM Premium

Japan undecided on response to U.S. plan for Mideast maritime coalition -PM Abe

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he had not yet decided on how to respond to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

World 21 Jul 2019 | 10:50 PM Premium

Japan's pro-constitution reform forces fall short of 2/3 upper house majority - NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday but his coalition and allies fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to begin revising the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Metro News 22 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Travel campaign highlights 40 towns and villages in Taiwan

More than half a million Malaysian tourists visited Taiwan in 2018, according to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB).

AseanPlus News 22 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Japan’s Abe on course to retain majority in upper house

Tokyo: Japanese voters cast ballots in an upper house election, with Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc looking to protect its majority today and keep on track plans to amend the country’s pacifist constitution.

World 22 Jul 2019 | 3:02 PM Premium

Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

World 22 Jul 2019 | 5:41 PM Premium

Takeaways from Japan poll: diplomatic challenges and diversity

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has avoided lame-duck status after his ruling bloc won a solid victory in Sunday's upper house election but the poll - with nearly record-low turnout - has dented his hopes of revising the pacifist constitution and left him facing tough diplomatic challenges

AseanPlus News 23 Jul 2019 | 12:00 AM Premium

Abe vows to revise top law despite failing to win two-thirds

Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to keep alive his plans to amend the country’s pacifist constitution, despite failing to secure a “supermajority” in upper house elections.

World 23 Jul 2019 | 8:27 AM Premium

Japan's top government spokesman Suga, finance minister Aso to retain posts - Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso will likely retain their posts in a cabinet reshuffle expected in September, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

World 23 Jul 2019 | 10:54 AM Premium

Japan not now considering sending military for U.S.-proposed maritime coalition - Suga

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday that there was no change in the country's stance that it was not considering sending its Self-Defence Forces for a U.S.-proposed maritime coalition in the Middle East.

Business 24 Jul 2019 | 8:49 AM Premium

Japan may soon gain powerful trade weapon against South Korea

SEOUL: Japan could soon gain a powerful new trade weapon against its neighbour South Korea.