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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologised for making false statements in parliament regarding a political funding scandal.(Reuters)

Japan ex-PM Shinzo Abe apologises for making ‘repeated false denials’ in parliament on funding scandal

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Tokyo
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 05:48 AM IST
Japan’s longest-serving leader said he had known nothing about the payments and pledged to work to regain public trust. The apology came after his secretary was on Thursday summarily indicted over the issue and fined 1 million yen ($9,650).
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Under the new five-year gender equality plan, approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet, the government has postponed the goal for women to account for at least 30% of leadership positions until “as early as possible during the 2020s.(Reuters file photo)
Under the new five-year gender equality plan, approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet, the government has postponed the goal for women to account for at least 30% of leadership positions until “as early as possible during the 2020s.(Reuters file photo)

Japan delays gender-equality goals in new five-year plan

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Tokyo
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 02:49 PM IST
The earlier goal was set by Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, under his “womenomics” policy designed to promote more women in the workforce to make up for Japan’s fast-aging population.
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US President Donald Trump has conferred the Legion of Merit award on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison(Agencies)
US President Donald Trump has conferred the Legion of Merit award on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison(Agencies)

US’ Legion of Merit award for QUAD architects sends multiple messages

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:32 PM IST
US President Donald Trump’s decision to award his partners in India, Japan and Australia is seen to underline that it was during his time at the White House that these relationships were taken to a different level.
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters/ File photo)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters/ File photo)

Japan sets record $52 billion military budget with stealth jets, long-range missiles

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Prime Minister Suga is continuing the controversial military expansion pursued by his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, to give Japan’s forces new planes, missiles and aircraft carriers with greater range and potency against potential foes including neighbouring China.
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Yoshihide Suga scored the third-highest support rate for a prime minister on record when he was installed in September after his Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation due to illness.(Reuters file photo)
Yoshihide Suga scored the third-highest support rate for a prime minister on record when he was installed in September after his Shinzo Abe’s sudden resignation due to illness.(Reuters file photo)

Support for Suga in Japan slides as Covid-19 wave worsens

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 10:41 AM IST
Public approval could play into when he’ll call the next election, which must be held in less than a year, and dictate whether he can parlay his stop-gap position into a longer term in Japan’s top job.
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Japan PM Yoshihide Suga (FILE PHOTO/REUTERS)
Japan PM Yoshihide Suga (FILE PHOTO/REUTERS)

Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, announces PM Suga

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Tokyo
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:06 PM IST
Giving his first policy speech since he succeeded Shinzo Abe last month, Yoshihide Suga outlined an ambitious agenda and said he intends to “put maximum effort into achieving a green society.”
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Suga is expected to sign a defense equipment and technology transfer agreement with Vietnam as part of efforts to promote exports of Japanese-made military equipment(REUTERS)
Suga is expected to sign a defense equipment and technology transfer agreement with Vietnam as part of efforts to promote exports of Japanese-made military equipment(REUTERS)

Japan’s new Prime Minister pushes Abe’s vision ahead of Asia trip

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2020 02:11 PM IST
As he emerges from Shinzo Abe’s shadow with promises to “work for the people”, Suga is proving in some ways to be even more hard line.
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FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)
FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)

New Japan PM Suga to make first foreign visits, to visit Vietnam and Indonesia from October 18-21

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Tokyo
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 11:14 AM IST
The first official visit of previous Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, was also made to these two countries. Abe unexpectedly announced on August 28 his intention to resign due to an aggravation of a chronic illness.
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In its statement, Fujifilm said it would perform further analysis of the trial data and seek to file for approval of Avigan for use in Covid-19 as early as October.(REUTERS file photo)
In its statement, Fujifilm said it would perform further analysis of the trial data and seek to file for approval of Avigan for use in Covid-19 as early as October.(REUTERS file photo)

Fujifilm’s Avigan shown to be effective in Japanese Phase-3 trial for Covid-19

By Reuters | Posted by Amrutha Kosuru | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 11:19 AM IST
The Phase 3 clinical study of 156 patients in Japan showed that those treated with Avigan improved after 11.9 days, versus 14.7 days for a placebo group
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In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo, then newly-appointed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front row, poses with his Cabinet members after an attestation ceremony for his Cabinet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.(AP)
In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo, then newly-appointed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front row, poses with his Cabinet members after an attestation ceremony for his Cabinet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.(AP)

End of Shinzo Abe era leaves Japan still searching for way forward

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Mito
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 02:46 PM IST
Yoshihide Suga, Abe’s former chief spokesman, was appointed prime minister on Wednesday after Abe resigned because of a chronic health problem.
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File Photo of Yoshihide Suga (Nicolas Datiche/Sipa Press/Bloomberg)
File Photo of Yoshihide Suga (Nicolas Datiche/Sipa Press/Bloomberg)

‘Heartiest congratulations’: PM Modi wishes new Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 11:45 AM IST
Suga was on Wednesday elected as Japan’s new prime minister succeeding the outgoing Shinzo Abe, who announced last month he would be stepping down from office due to health issues.
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Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stands as he was chosen as new prime minister at the Lower House of Parliament in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
Japan's newly-elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stands as he was chosen as new prime minister at the Lower House of Parliament in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new prime minister, will succeed Shinzo Abe

By Bloomberg | Posted by Karan Manral | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 10:58 AM IST
Suga will be the country’s first new premier in nearly eight years. He will succeed the outgoing Abe, who announced last month that he would be stepping down due to health reasons.
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Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(AP)
Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(AP)

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigns, clearing way for successor

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Tokyo, Japan
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 09:13 AM IST
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen in this file photo. Abe and his Cabinet are set to resign Wednesday morning, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later in the day.(AP Photo)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen in this file photo. Abe and his Cabinet are set to resign Wednesday morning, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later in the day.(AP Photo)

Japan PM Abe, Cabinet set to resign ahead of new leadership

By Associated Press | Posted by Meenakshi Ray | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 10:13 PM IST
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems.
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Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo on Monday.(AP)
Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo on Monday.(AP)

Meet Yoshihide Suga, elected Japan’s next PM who begins and ends his day with 100 sit-ups

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Yoshihide Suga, won 377 votes out of 534 votes cast, and 535 possible votes, in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election by the party’s members of parliament and representatives of its 47 local chapters.
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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo, Japan September 14, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo, Japan September 14, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

Yoshihide Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe as Japan’s prime minister

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 12:38 PM IST
The current chief current secretary in Abe’s government was elected as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Abe will quit as Japan’s PM due to health reasons.
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Lauding Indo-Japan ties, Japanese PM Abe on Friday had shared pictures on Twitter from his trip to India in 2015 and 2017, in addition to pictures from PM Modi’s visit to Yamanashi in 2018.(Photo: AbeShinzo)
Lauding Indo-Japan ties, Japanese PM Abe on Friday had shared pictures on Twitter from his trip to India in 2015 and 2017, in addition to pictures from PM Modi’s visit to Yamanashi in 2018.(Photo: AbeShinzo)

‘Brought back fond memories’, says PM Modi as Japan PM Shinzo Abe tweets on ties with India

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 05:16 PM IST
“Great thread, offering a glimpse of the robust India-Japan friendship as well as the strong potential of our partnership in the times to come. The lovely photographs, shared by my good friend PM @AbeShinzo have brought back fond memories of our many interactions,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer Kurama (L), which is carrying Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leads the JMSDF fleet during its fleet review at Sagami Bay, off Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer Kurama (L), which is carrying Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leads the JMSDF fleet during its fleet review at Sagami Bay, off Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.(REUTERS)

Abe plan for land-attack counterpunch could mark major military shift for Japan

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 01:52 PM IST
Japan’s Self Defence Forces are geared toward stopping attackers in the air and the sea. The policy change would direct the military to create a doctrine for targeting enemy sites on land - a mission that would require the purchase of long-range weapons such as cruise missiles.
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Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, shakes hands with Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, during a bilateral meeting ahead of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, June 27, 2019.(Reuters photo)
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, shakes hands with Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, during a bilateral meeting ahead of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, June 27, 2019.(Reuters photo)

PM Modi rings up ‘dear friend’ Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, hails him for boosting India-Japan ties

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe over the phone soon after India and Japan signed a key pact in defence sector.
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(AP)
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(AP)

India, Japan sign key pact for reciprocal provision of supplies, services between defence forces

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 03:43 PM IST
The agreement is expected to facilitate “smooth and prompt provision of supplies and services” between the two sides
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Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo.(REUTERS)

Japanese minister Kono says he’s expecting October polls

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 06:28 AM IST
Kono, tipped as a future Japanese leader, made the comments Wednesday in an online forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Experts believe that banks may be more risk-averse to restructuring loans this time around, having already suffered big losses in previous restructuring efforts.(Mint file photo)
Experts believe that banks may be more risk-averse to restructuring loans this time around, having already suffered big losses in previous restructuring efforts.(Mint file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: India’s banking sector debt severely affected due to Covid-19 and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 08:59 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Suga said on Tuesday the biggest job for the new prime minister would be to revive the coronavirus-ravaged economy.(Bloomberg Photo)
Suga said on Tuesday the biggest job for the new prime minister would be to revive the coronavirus-ravaged economy.(Bloomberg Photo)

Japan: Yoshihide Suga in pole position for PM as debate kicks off

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 08:29 AM IST
Suga, former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida will appear in a televised debate on Wednesday, making the case for who should lead the country after nearly eight years under Abe.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yamanakako village, Yamanashi prefecture, October 28, 2018(AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Yamanakako village, Yamanashi prefecture, October 28, 2018(AP)

Shinzo Abe redefined India-Japan ties | Opinion

By Titli Basu
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:58 AM IST
But there have been some misses as well. Trade balance and progress in high-technology trade needs more attention
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People look at wind chimes on display in the Marunouchi District of Tokyo, Japan.(Bloomberg)
People look at wind chimes on display in the Marunouchi District of Tokyo, Japan.(Bloomberg)

Japan’s economy won’t return to pre-covid levels, says Bloomberg economics report

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2020 02:55 PM IST
The report comes with Japan’s ruling party in a leadership contest to decide who will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after nearly eight years of his growth strategy.
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(Reuters: Japan’s Defence Minister Taro Kono)
(Reuters: Japan’s Defence Minister Taro Kono)

Japan defence chief Kono backs Suga for prime minister, but keeps eye on top job

By Reuters | Posted by: Karan Manral | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Shinzo Abe resigned as Prime Minister last week over health issues.
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Suga, 71, is widely expected to stay the policy course set out by Abe, including the “Abenomics” strategy aimed at reviving the economy and keeping it afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters Photo)
Suga, 71, is widely expected to stay the policy course set out by Abe, including the “Abenomics” strategy aimed at reviving the economy and keeping it afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.(Reuters Photo)

Suga leads Japan PM race as ruling party plans slimmed-down leadership vote

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tokyo
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 01:44 PM IST
Yoshihide Suga has also won the backing of the largest faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), media reported, making him a strong front-runner to replace Abe, who abruptly announced on Friday he was stepping down for health reasons.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan’s former premier Shinzo Abe.(AP file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan’s former premier Shinzo Abe.(AP file photo)

‘Deeply touched by your warm words’: Shinzo Abe tweets after PM Modi’s recovery wishes

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 11:39 PM IST
Shinzo Abe announced his decision to resign from the post of the Japan’ premier on August 28. Abe cited health issues as reason for his resignation and had said that he could not be the prime minister if he could not make the best decisions for the people.
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In a late night tweet, Donald Trump said he had just spoken with Abe, who is resigning for health reasons.(REUTERS)
In a late night tweet, Donald Trump said he had just spoken with Abe, who is resigning for health reasons.(REUTERS)

Donald Trump hails Shinzo Abe as Japan’s best-ever PM

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2020 09:45 AM IST
Shinzo Abe announced last week he was ending his record-breaking tenure, kicking off a leadership race in the world’s third-largest economy.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(Reuters photo)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(Reuters photo)

What’s next as Japan PM Abe quits, potential successors

By Reuters | Posted by Niyati Singh | Tokyo
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 03:38 PM IST
Abe and his cabinet will run the government until a new premier is elected but will not be able to adopt new policies. The winner of the party election will hold the post until the end of Abe’s LDP term in September 2021.
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