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Japan’s Abe calls snap election, faces Koike challenge

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially dissolved parliament Thursday, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo. Members of the lower house raised their arms and shouted “Banzai” three times — the Japanese …

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Japan’s Abe triggers snap election amid N.Korea crisis

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a snap election, seeking a fresh term at the helm of the world’s third-largest economy as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever-pitch. Abe hopes to capitalise on a weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power, …

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Abe, Obama lay wreaths at Pearl Harbor memorial

Pearl Harbor, United States | AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama made a poignant joint pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor Tuesday, laying wreaths for the victims of a stealth attack that triggered America’s entry into World War II. The pair paid homage to the more …

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Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to the site of his country’s surprise attack that launched World War II in the Pacific. News of the journey comes just two days ahead of …

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Japan PM confident in Trump’s diplomacy debut

New York, United States | AFP |  Japan’s prime minister voiced confidence Thursday about Donald Trump as he became the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect, who was narrowing in on cabinet choices. Trump, who has been receiving a flurry of Republican operatives at his Manhattan skyscraper since …

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