Shinzo Abe

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Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: plans  to halt the population decline at 100 million (it is  currently 127 million). Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty

For years Japan has been anxiously mulling whether to import more foreigners to stem a shortage of workers. That debate seems to have been partially r(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: at pains to assure his base that he is not sponsoring European-style mass immigration. Photograph:  Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via Reuters

Foreign workers in Japan were once a rare sight but not any more. In addition to the nearly 29 million tourists who visit the country annually, Chines(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe with Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph:  Andy Wong/AP

Beijing and Tokyo reset their troubled bilateral relationship on Friday as Shinzo Abe concluded a range of agreements on his first official visit to t(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered a blistering critique on Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ vision.   Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Fifty one EU and Asian leaders on Friday sent out a defiant alternative vision championing global co-operation and commitment to common international (...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “I hope that both sides can contribute their wisdom and at least avoid a so-called disorderly Brexit.”

Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal “with open arms”, said prime minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged compromise to av(...)

British prime minister Theresa May:  appealed to wavering voters to ‘look at my government afresh’ in an article in the ‘Observer’. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

British prime Minister Theresa May appealed to wavering British voters on Sunday ahead of a defining few months in which she hopes to secure a Brexit (...)

Shinzo Abe, right, with former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba after the ruling party presidential elections at its headquarters in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph: Koji Sasahara/AP

Prime minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to ce(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe  visits the devastated city of Astuma. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP

The death toll has hit 39 from a powerful earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week. One person remained missing in t(...)

Soldiers and rescue workers search through mud covering a building destroyed by a landslide in Atsuma near Sapporo, Japan. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Rescue workers with dogs searched for survivors on Friday in debris-strewn landslides caused by an earthquake in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, (...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk after signing the trade deal. Photograph: Martin Bureau/Pool via Reuters

Japan and the European Union have officially agreed one of history’s largest trade deals, in what will be seen as a calculated snub of Donald Trump’s (...)

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