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Family 15 Apr 2017 | 6:00 AM Premium

Akie Abe rewrites rule book as Japan’s First Lady

Akie Abe is not the typical faceless wife of a Japanese Prime Minister but has been such a vocal critic of Shinzo Abe that she is dubbed the ‘at-home opposition’.

Japan 23 Oct 2017 | 12:36 AM Premium

Abe cruises to ‘super-majority’ win in Japan vote

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday and immediately vowed to “deal firmly” with threats from North Korea that dominated the campaign.

Business 22 Jun 2016 | 2:34 AM Premium

Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house poll campaign begins

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began an upper house election campaign on Wednesday with a pledge to rev-up the economy as surveys showed his ruling bloc ahead, despite doubts over Abe's economic growth recipe.

Letters 23 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM Premium

Will Mr Abe return to old health problems?

JAPANS former, and now future, prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has been welcomed back to the job he threw away five years ago because, according to a story he told Tokyo-based i>Bungei Shunju /i>magazine, he was suffering ulcerative colitis or an intermittent inflammatory bowel disease. That doesnt bode well for his Cabinet, which is expected to be launched before the end of this year.

Corporate News 25 Sep 2017 | 12:24 AM Premium

Japan's Abe expected to announce snap poll Monday

TOKYO: Sources have said Abe's election platform will see him promise to go ahead with a planned rise in the national sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent in 2019 but increase the proportion of revenue spent on child care and education, delaying a target of putting the budget in the black in the fiscal year ending March 2021.

Business 22 Jul 2013 | 9:53 AM Premium

Nikkei rises 0.7% as Abe's election win boosts economic recovery hopes

TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Monday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc and its coalition partner regained control of the upper house in an election, boosting hopes for a sustained economic recovery.

AseanPlus News 13 Jul 2015 | 4:06 PM Premium

Political sweetener: Japan PM Abe to get branded honey

TOKYO, July 13, 2015 (AFP) - Step aside Abe-nomics, the Shinzo Abe brandwagon is rolling on... into honey, after the Japanese prime minister’s wife decided to establish a beehive at their official residence.

AseanPlus News 26 Mar 2018 | 12:00 AM Premium

Abe apologises amid scandal

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a suspected cronyism scandal and cover-up, apologised again for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his government.

Japan 06 Dec 2016 | 6:25 AM Premium

Japan PM Abe won't apologise at Pearl Harbor: government

Tokyo (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will honour war dead but won't apologise when he becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor this month, a top government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Japan 09 Apr 2014 | 1:35 PM Premium

Japan opposition fears Abe 'destabilizing' region

Japan's main opposition leader chided Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for conservative statements on war history and voiced fear he could be a "destabilizing" factor in East Asia.