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China calls on Japan to face past after war shrine offering

China said on Monday that Japan must face up to history and respect the feelings of those who were victims of wartime aggression, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an offering to a shrine seen as a symbol of Japan's former militarism.


Japan central bank revamps policy to boost economy

Japan is making a sweeping shift in its monetary policy, aiming to spur inflation and get the world's third-largest economy out of a long, debilitating slump. Bowing to demands from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for more aggressive monetary easing, the Bank of Japan announced Thursday a policy overhaul intended to double the money supply and achieve a 2 percent inflation target at the "earliest possible time, with a time horizon of about two years."


Analysis: Japan's mission impossible: to spend $100 billion in 15 months

What do you buy the nation that already seems to have everything? That is the question facing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he aims to spend more than $100 billion on infrastructure in the next 15 months to help revive his country's economy. But with its gleaming bullet trains, jungles of elevated highways and strings of man-made islands, ultra-modern Japan doesn't appear to want for much.


Shinzo Abe’s new agenda: Better ties with U.S.

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Obama on Friday, he will be seeking to press not one but three reset buttons. The United States has a big stake in at least two of his goals — and it’s within Obama’s power to help realize them.


Japan mulls buying disputed islands in East China Sea

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Saturday that the government is considering buying islands in potentially gas rich territory claimed by both Japan and China, in a move likely to anger Beijing.


Dozens quit Japan's ruling party over sales tax increase

A powerful politician and dozens of his followers quit Japan's ruling party on Monday and are likely to form their own rival bloc, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.


Japan’s ruling party set to pick new prime minister amid revolving door leadership

Japan’s ruling party was set to pick a new leader Monday to become the country’s sixth prime minister in five years. Five candidates are running to replace Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is resigning after 15 months amid public criticism over his administration’s handling of the tsunami disaster and ensuing nuclear crisis as well as disgust with political infighting.


Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan to Resign

As Mr. Kan confirmed his intention to resign, the race to pick Japan’s sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday.


Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl.


Japan PM to offer to resign in autumn or later: report

Japan PM to offer to resign in autumn or later: report

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan -- in danger of losing a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday -- will offer to resign later this year after dealing with a nuclear crisis and other urgent matters related to the massive March earthquake and tsunami, domestic media reported.


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