US: Japan PM to be first foreign leader to meet Trump

After unprecedented victory last week. The US president-elected Donald Trump is due to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today. It’s a first meeting with a foreign leader since 9th november.

Shinzo Abe said he wanted to “build trust” and “work together for prosperity and world peace”, before leaving for his trip.

The Japan’s PM goes to New York in his trip for Asia-Pacific Trade summit in Peru.

The main concern is Defence affairs between both countries. Trump has upheld the right of Japan and South Korea to be held nuclear weapons.

Conclusion: Good Lucky, Abe.


Asia: Japan to allow military role overseas in historic move

Despite clashes among MPs. The Japanese parliament approves the law which allows the use of military forces on overseas conflicts. It’s a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Many opposition politicians has criticised the move. Under new law, Japan use the force in that cases:

  • when Japan is attacked, or when a close ally is attacked, and the result threatens Japan’s survival and poses a clear danger to people
  • when there is no other appropriate means available to repel the attack and ensure Japan’s survival and protect its people
  • use of force is restricted to a necessary minimum

Conclusion: Abenomics turns to Abemilitarism.

World Affairs: Japan PM Abe offers ‘deep repentance’ over war with US

In his speech for US congress. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had visited the World War Two memorial in Washington and reflected upon the 400,000 American troops who died with “deep repentance in my heart”.

“My dear friends, on behalf of Japan and the Japanese people, I offer with profound respect my eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War Two,” he said, to warm applause.

Abe also acknowledged that Japan had “brought suffering to the peoples in Asian countries”, adding: “We must not avert our eyes from that.”

But he not recognises the fact of Asian women was forced to be sex slaves by Japanese officials.

Also, Abe urged lawmakers to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “for the sake of our children and our children’s children”.

The TPP is aimed at liberalising markets in 12 countries and the US and Japan are among the biggest players.

Mr Abe said the deal was about spreading shared values of rule of law, democracy and freedom.

He added: “It is also about our security. Long-term, its strategic value is awesome. We should never forget that.

“Let us bring the TPP to a successful conclusion through our joint leadership.”

Conclusion: Japanese PM speak english very well.

Asia: Japan and US unveil defence deal to curb China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe goes to US for a state visit and celebrates a defence deal among that countries. It allow Japan to take on a more assertive military role and clarify US support for Japan.

Secretary of State John Kerry said US commitment to Japan’s defence was “ironclad”, including disputed islands.

The changes were announced in New York by Mr Kerry and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

“The guidelines that we have worked on that have been announced today will enhance Japan’s security, deter threats and contribute to regional peace and stability”, Mr Kerry said.

“The United States and Japan stand together in calling for disputes in the region to be resolved peacefully.”

Kerry also renewed the US security pledge over the islets known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.

Under Japan’s pacifist constitution, the Asian country only deploys army for self-defence. Shinzo Abe want to re-interpretates of constitution.

Conclusion: Abe and his will to make a strong Japan for China despair.

Sunday Chronicle: Abenomics

Japan goes to the polls for choose a new parliament after it was dissolved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The elections is a kind of referendum over Abe’s economic policies best known as Abenomics. The frontrunner is ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Japonese population is very confident on Abe’s intentions to reform the economy. But unpopular measures such as raises taxes is very controversial for them. Japan’s economy still in recession since 1987 financial crisis.

Abe wanna another term to go foward on his reforms. The Liberal Democratic Party rules Japan for more than sixth years. However, Japanese PMs don’t taken one-year in the job. Economy is the main reason for it.

Shinzo Abe calls for snap elections to get a term for make his reforms. The opposition Japan Democratic Party has seek another chance to govern Japan after their disaster term in office on 2009 at 2012. At weak opposition, Abe wins with majority on lower house or Diet.

The results are release during the night. Many Japoneses national is anxious with clear victory of LDP. But Abe will face tough duties to take on next parliament. Abenomics could be a success or weakness of Japan economics.

Asia: Abe marks war criminal ceremony despite China and South Korea fury

Japan has a new row with their neighbours. Shinzo Abe is nationalist prime-minister. He sent message to a ceremony honouring war criminals which was located in Buddhist Koyasan Okuno-in temple in Wakayama in western Japan. In the message, sent in April, he paid tribute to soldiers who gave their lives for “the foundation of the fatherland”, reports said.

A government spokesman said the message had been sent in a private capacity. Abe reportedly said: “I offer my sincere condolences to the spirits of those Showa martyrs who gave their lives for the sake of today’s peace and prosperity, becoming the foundation of the fatherland.”

“I pray for eternal peace and pledge to carve out a path to a future of human coexistence.”

South Korea and China has strained relations with Japan since 2012.

Conclusion: Abe loves a trouble with his neighbors

Asia: Japan cabinet approves landmark military change

Japan is a peaceful country…until now. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe gets a support from his cabinet to change the pacifist constituion. It now allow “collective self-defence” – using force to defend allies under attack.

“No matter what the circumstances, I will protect Japanese people’s lives and peaceful existence,” he told journalists after the change was approved.

The US – with whom Japan has a decades-old security alliance – will welcome the move, but it will anger China, with whom Japan’s ties are already very strained.

The move needs to be approve by the parliament, which Abe has a majority. He avoids the need for a public referendum because is a change on constitution.

China – with whom Japan is currently engaged in a bitter territorial dispute – says it opposes the change, accusing Japan of “remilitarising” under Abe.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that the new policy “raises doubts about Japan’s approach to peaceful development”, and accused Japan of “hyping the China threat”.

“We urge Japan to sincerely respect the rightful concerns of neighbouring Asian countries, diligently solve any related issues, and not affect China’s rights and the stability of the region,” he said.

South Korea has also raised objections, saying it will “not tolerate” the move which it said was made without South Korea’s agreement.

The foreign ministry also urged Japan to ensure regional peace and stability.

Conclusion: Abe likes war more than peace with neighbors countries.