Policy & Politics

Abe, right, adjusted the G-7 summit schedule to accommodate Obama's Hiroshima visit.

Abe, Obama stress 'hope' overcoming history

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- By visiting this city together, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to portray their countries' alliance as entering a new stage that transcends economic and geopolitical interests.Rather than...

  • Abe seeks fresh stimulus on heels of G-7 summit

    TOKYO -- Having urged fellow Group of Seven leaders to stave off a looming global economic crisis with fiscal spending, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to seek a second round of additional funding just two months into the 2016 budget y...

  • Japanese parties contort as tax-hike delay grows likely

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expected reversal on a pledge to raise the consumption tax in April 2017 is spurring Japan's ruling parties to modify their strategies for July's upper house election.The planned tax hike, originally scheduled for...

  • Japan expands Takata air bag recall, following US

    TOKYO -- Like the U.S., Japan has decided to recall all automobiles equipped with Takata air bags that do not contain a drying agent to prevent deterioration of chemicals in the air bag inflator.The transport ministry said Friday it has instructed au...

  • Aquino ally Robredo wins Philippines vice presidency

    MANILA -- A neophyte lawmaker endorsed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino will be the Philippines' next vice president, narrowly thwarting a bid by a former dictator's son to reach the post that stands just a heartbeat from the presidency.Congressw...

  • Fukushima evacuation order to be lifted in July

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government decided Friday to lift an evacuation order put in place after the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.The order covering part of the nearby city of Minamisoma will now expire July 12, allo...

  • Abe strongly hints at putting off tax hike

    ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- It is no secret that Japan's planned consumption tax hike, scheduled for April 2017, is on the ropes. And on Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strongly indicated that the increase will be postponed.Abe stressed that if other big e...

  • India's ruling BJP takes small step toward 'national party' status

    TOKYO -- The Bharatiya Janata Party, India's ruling party at the national level, showed well this month and last during state assembly elections. It was expected to face uphill battles after it antagonized Muslims by banning the sale of cattle for sl...

  • China up close

    Tsai's inauguration stresses Taiwan's identity

    TAIPEI -- The carefully choreographed inauguration ceremony of new Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has served to send an unmistakable, if veiled, message on the thorny issue of cross-strait relations.Tsai was sworn in as Taiwan's first female leade...

  • In Hiroshima, Obama calls for mankind to turn against war

    HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Visiting the site of the world's first atomic bombing in Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama called on Friday for humanity to "change our mindset about war itself. To prevent conflict through diplomacy and to strive to end conflict...

  • New leaders can stem tide of democratic recession

    BANGKOK -- Amid a resurgence of autocratic regimes and the erosion of free speech in various parts of the world, civil society in Southeast Asia finds itself at a crossroads. The new leaders of Myanmar and the Philippines could hold the key to shapin...

  • Japan government to decide on tax hike by summer, Abe

    ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a press conference held after the G-7 summit meeting that he will likely declare by the summer whether the government will implement the consumption tax hike originally planned for April 2...

  • UN chief making waves as likely South Korea presidential hopeful

    SEOUL -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quickly emerging as a likely candidate to lead his home nation of South Korea once the term of current President Park Geun-hye ends in less than two years.Citing the fact that both Democratic P...

  • Trump vows to undo Obama's climate agenda in appeal to oil sector

    BISMARCK, U.S. (Reuters) -- Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America's most ambitious environmental policies, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal indus...

  • Hiroshima awaits historic Obama visit

    HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Barack Obama is hours away from becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit this city, where he will reiterate his vision of a future without the kind of weapons first used here in the final throes of World War II.Obama is ...

  • Obama's Hiroshima visit, 7 years in making

    ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday was preceded by seven years of behind-the-scenes diplomatic maneuvering.Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city where the U.S. dr...

  • Nikkei-FT Joint Special Report

    'Sherpas' guide world leaders to G-7 summit

    Just as mountain climbers depend on sherpas to guide them to the top, so do the world leaders attending this week's Group of Seven summit in Japan.Leading up to each gathering of the largest industrialized nations' leaders, the G-7's "sherpas" are bu...

  • Saudi Arabia tasks young ministers with driving economic reforms

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia is betting on a crop of young new ministers to get the country's ambitious economic reform plans off the ground. In a cabinet reshuffle in early May, elderly Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali al-Naimi was replaced by ...

  • Hiroshima visit marks Obama's last chance to secure non-nuclear legacy

    SINGAPORE -- In the 20th century, Asia was a "paradise" for nuclear weapons. President Obama's visit to Hiroshima may become a seminal moment in bringing an end to a dark chapter in the continent's history.

  • Plans to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal are fueling a new arms race

    President Barack Obama wants his visit to Hiroshima, Japan, to be remembered as a sign of his commitment to a nuclear-free world -- a bold pledge that helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.That year, the Nobel Committee cited the U.S. leader's...