Shinzo Abe

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Protesters stage an anti-Abe demonstration near the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

For over a year, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has battled to draw a line under accusations of cronyism linking him and his wife to an ultra-nati(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: State media is claiming credit for Beijing in helping to bring about the easing of tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

President Xi Jinping has said China and South Korea should improve communication and properly resolve sensitive issues, after news of a possible summi(...)

Amin Nasser, chief executive officer of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Aramco), speaks at an energy market conference in Houston, Texas last week. A planned stock market flotation of Aramco now looks likely to be delayed until 2019 at least.  Photograph:  Carter Smith/Bloomberg

Investors waiting for the chance to buy a piece of Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil behemoth, will probably have to wait. Saudi officials are re(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in (right) with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul last Saturday. Photograph:  AFP/KCNA

North Korea’s leader said he wants to boost the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue” with South Korea after his high-level delegation returne(...)

 Kim Yo-jong (right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yong-nam (left), the North’s ceremonial head of state, seated behind US vice-president Mike Pence during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

US vice-president Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially aw(...)

Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono and China’s foreign minister Wang Yi meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Getty Images

China has urged regional rival Japan to work with it to get strained relations between the two Asian giants back on to a normal track, as Japan’s fore(...)

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a special session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The 11 members of a Pacific trade pact abandoned by US president Donald Trump have reached a deal on a revised agreement, with the nations expecting t(...)

South Korean cyclists accompany the torch of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics through border checkpoints on Unification bridge near the military demarcation line in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, on January 19th, 2018. Photograph: Kim Hee-Chul

South Korea has said it will “work hard” to build on the momentum from inter-Korean talks ahead of the Winter Olympics to bring North Korea and the US(...)

Abe’s government approved a record budget last month, with defence outlays rising for a sixth year. Photograph: AP

Japan is facing its most perilous security situation since the second World War due to North Korea’s “unacceptable” provocations, prime minister Shinz(...)

Participants at a  rally on Wednesday at Gwanghwamun Square in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, calling for  Japan to apologise for sexual enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Korean women during the second World War. Photograph: Kim Hee-chul/EPA

A landmark deal between Seoul and Tokyo to settle a long-simmering dispute over Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves has been thrown into doubt after Sou(...)

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