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Japanese women are running for parliament in record numbers, but face many obstacles

16 Jul 2019

NIIGATA, Japan When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Japan's northern Niigata region, it had an awkward dimension: not just stump speeches and chats with constituents, but entertaining potential backers.

Japan export curbs on South Korea may widen rift over wartime labor compensation

12 Jul 2019

TOKYO Japan's restrictions on certain tech exports to South Korea are deepening a decades-long feud over wartime forced labor and may make compromise harder as leaders in both countries appeal to their political bases.

South Korea calls for probe as forced labour feud with Japan deepens

12 Jul 2019

SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea called on Friday for an international investigation of what it said were accusations by Japanese officials that it had passed some high-tech materials imported from Japan on to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions. | Video

Japan upper house poll begins, Abe's constitutional reform hopes at stake

04 Jul 2019

TOKYO Campaigning began on Thursday for Japan's July 21 upper house election, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc expected to keep a majority but perhaps with fewer seats, clouding hopes of achieving his goal of revising the pacifist constitution.

Trump's criticism of U.S.-Japan security pact could be headache for Abe

01 Jul 2019

TOKYO President Donald Trump's call for changes to the decades-old U.S.-Japan security treaty could complicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to revise Japan's pacifist constitution.

Trump renews criticism of Japan-U.S. alliance before G20 summit

27 Jun 2019

TOKYO U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of the U.S.-Japan security alliance, the linchpin of Tokyo's security policies, ahead of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week.

Japan readies for July 21 upper house election as PM recalls past defeat

26 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan will hold an election for the upper house on July 21, the government said on Wednesday, effectively launching campaigning for half the seats in the less powerful of parliament's two chambers.

Japan's biggest opposition party shuns rival merger ahead of election

26 Jun 2019

TOKYO The leader of Japan's main opposition party said on Wednesday he was happy to cooperate with other opposition groups in a July 21 upper house election, but brushed aside calls from a rival party to merge to fight Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc.

Japan opposition leader sees 'double election' unlikely

21 Jun 2019

TOKYO Prospects are fading for a snap election for parliament's lower house in tandem with a summer upper house poll, the leader of Japan's second-biggest opposition party said on Thursday.

Japan's Abe in hot seat after pension report highlights an "inconvenient truth"

19 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced stiff opposition criticism on Wednesday after a report warned that many retirees won't be able to live on pensions alone, a topic likely to become an issue in an election for parliament's upper house.

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