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see how president trump greeted japan's prime minister


president donald trump welcomed japan’s prime minister to the white house with a warm embrace and handshakes on friday. shinzo abe, a nationalist who has forged relationships with strongmen leaders, was the only world leader to meet trump before his inauguration and is the second to do so since the new president took office. after holding a news conference and having a working lunch, the two leaders planned to head for trump’s mar-a-lago club in florida and a round of golf urday.the ociated press reported that the meeting e as trump appears to be shifting toward a more mainstream stance on u.s. policy toward asia — consolidating alliances and cooperating with rising power china. late thursday, trump reaffirmed washington’s long-standing “one china” policy in a call with chinese president x






rule change could make shinzo abe longest-serving leader in japan


japanese prime minister shinzo abe laid wreaths at various cemeteries and memorials monday ahead of a visit to the site of the 1941 bombing that plunged the united states into world war ii.abe landed at joint base pearl harbor-hickam and then headed to national memorial cemetery of the pacific,... (tribune news services)






trump and abe awkwardly shake hands and twitter loves it


the u.s. president and japan's prime minister met friday. on the agenda were major world issues, including trade, the future of the u.s.-japan security alliance and disputed islands in the east china sea. but at least in the world of social media, the biggest news was the handshake between the two world leaders at a p o-op in the oval office. president trump took prime minister shinzo abe's hand and they shook. and shook. and shook some more. with eras clicking wildly they kept at it for 19 seconds, with the president patting the prime minister's hand intermittently and awkwardly ing abe's hand forward at one point. when they finally let go, abe back in his chair and appeared to roll his eyes and sigh -- perhaps in relief, perhaps as a joke. the exchange prompted a flurry of reaction






japan’s abe says u.s., japan leaders working on new economic dialogue


washington—japanese prime minister shinzo abe said friday that his country’s deputy prime minister, taro aso, and u.s. vice president mike pence have begun to “create a new framework for a dialogue,” suggesting that tokyo has agreed to follow u.s. president donald trump’s call for more bilateral deals.mr. abe’s comments e in response to a question at a press conference about whether it was a mistake for mr. trump to withdraw from the trans-pacific partnership trade agreement. mr. abe was careful not to criticize mr....






donald trump to give mar-a-lago visit as gift to abe, white house says amid ethi


the white house said thursday that president donald trump would host japanese prime minister shinzo abe at his palm beach, fla., golf resort as a “personal gift” to the japanese leader, after ethics experts had raised concerns about who would finance the trip.“it’s something that the president is doing for the prime minister,” a senior...






rule change could make abe longest-serving leader in japan


tokyo (ap) — japan’s ruling party is expected to approve a change in party rules that could pave the way for prime minister shinzo abe to become the country’s longest-serving leader in the post-world war ii era.it is a remarkable turnaround for abe, who lasted only a year during an earlier stint as prime minister, and in a country that had six prime ministers in the six years before abe returned to office in december 2012.analysts say that japan’s 62-year-old leader learned from his first term in office, when he focused on divisive issues such as constitutional revision and patriotic education that contributed to his early downfall. this time, he has made an expansionary economic policy with a catchy name, “abenomics,” front and center at election time.






akie abe, the wife of the japanese prime minister, accused of giving cash-filled


the head of a japanese educational foundation at the center of a real estate scandal told parliament he received a donation from prime minister shinzo abe via his wife, prompting a fresh denial from the top government spokesman.speaking under oath in the diet for the first time on thursday, school principal yasunori kagoike said that akie abe personally handed him an envelope containing 1 million yen ($9,000) in cash during her september 2015 visit to a kindergarten operated by the nationalist group. “she told me it was from shinzo abe,” kagoike said.afterward, chief cabinet secretary yoshihide suga reiterated previous denials. “the prime minister did not make a donation himself,” he told reporters. “he did not donate through his wife akie, nor through his office or a third party,” he said






trump to meet with canadian prime minister trudeau at white house on monday


canadian prime minister justin trudeau, who is emerging as a leader of the liberal global resistance to president donald trump, plans to visit washington on monday for his first face-to-face meeting with the newly-inaugurated u.s. leader.trump plans to welcome trudeau at the white house for a bilateral discussion, making trudeau the third head of state to meet with trump, following british prime minister theresa may's january 27 visit and japanese prime minister shinzo abe's visit on friday. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu plans to visit wednesday."president trump and prime minister trudeau look forward to a constructive conver ion on strengthening the relationship between our two nations," the white house said in a statement.canada is one of the united states' closest allies as






trump, japan’s shinzo abe to spend time at trump resort in fla. after meeting: w


president donald trump has invited japanese prime minister shinzo abe to visit his private mar-a-lago resort in florida over the weekend after the two leaders meet on friday in washington, the white house said on tuesday.“this is a testament to the importance the united states places on the bilateral relationship and the strength of our alliance and the deep economic ties between the united states and japan,” white house spokesman sean spicer said at a white house press briefing.(reporting by emily stephenson; editing by chris reese)






abe could become japan's longest serving premier | japan news


japan's ruling party has extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives prime minister shinzo abe a shot at becoming the country's longest-serving post-war leader.on sunday, the ruling liberal democratic party (ldp) congress approved a proposal that extends the limit to three consecutive three-year terms, up from the previous two consecutive three-year term limit.this means abe can stand for re-election in the next party leadership vote in 2018. if he wins the party election and the national polls, he could remain in power until september 2021.under the previous limit, abe would have had to step down as party leader and prime minister in september 2018, even if the ldp was still in power.the current longest-serving prime minister in the post-war era is eisaku sato who served fro






abe could become japan's longest serving premier | japan news


japan's ruling party has extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives prime minister shinzo abe a shot at becoming the country's longest-serving post-war leader.on sunday, the ruling liberal democratic party (ldp) congress approved a proposal that extends the limit to three consecutive three-year terms, up from the previous two consecutive three-year term limit.this means abe can stand for re-election in the next party leadership vote in 2018. if he wins the party election and the national polls, he could remain in power until september 2021.under the previous limit, abe would have had to step down as party leader and prime minister in september 2018, even if the ldp was still in power.the current longest-serving prime minister in the post-war era is eisaku sato who served fro






japan first lady’s praise for school removed amid scandal


tokyo (ap) — an endorsement by the wife of japan’s prime minister of a new elementary school run by a man with ultra-nationalistic views has been removed from the school’s website amid an escalating controversy over the low price the school paid for government land.japanese media have reported that the state property in osaka was sold in 2016 for 134 million yen ($1.2 million), one-seventh of its appraised price. prime minister shinzo abe has denied he or his wife akie had any influence over the land deal.the same school operator runs a kindergarten with a curriculum said to resemble that of pre-world war ii japan. it plans a similar approach for the elementary school, which is set to open in april, pending final approval by osaka prefecture.






merkel and trump, who disagree about everything, meet tuesday


german chancellor angela merkel addresses the german parliament in berlin on march 9.(photo: epa) 4 connectlinkedinemailmoreberlin — donald trump and  angela merkel couldn't be more different in political experience, world views and temperament.on tuesday, when the new u.s. president hosts the long-serving german chancellor at the white house, they'll find out if they can find any common ground.in personality, merkel's calm, detailed-oriented leadership for 11 years is in sharp contrast to political neophyte trump's spontaneity and provocative comments. on policy, they diverge over immigration, defense spending, the european union and global trade."to say that their relationship has been rocky from the start may be the euphemism of the year," said michael bröning, director of the foreign p






merkel and trump, who disagree about everything, meet tuesday


german chancellor angela merkel addresses the german parliament in berlin on march 9.(photo: epa) 2100 connectlinkedinemailmoreberlin — donald trump and angela merkel couldn't be more different in political experience, world views and temperament.on tuesday, when the new u.s. president hosts the long-serving german chancellor at the white house, they'll find out if they can find any common ground.in personality, merkel's calm, detailed-oriented leadership for 11 years is in sharp contrast to political neophyte trump's spontaneity and provocative comments. on policy, they diverge over immigration, defense spending, the european union and global trade."to say that their relationship has been rocky from the start may be the euphemism of the year," said michael bröning, director of the foreign






merkel and trump, who disagree about everything, meet tuesday


german chancellor angela merkel addresses the german parliament in berlin on march 9.(photo: epa) 5848 connectlinkedinemailmoreberlin — donald trump and angela merkel couldn't be more different in political experience, world views and temperament.on tuesday, when the new u.s. president hosts the long-serving german chancellor at the white house, they'll find out if they can find any common ground.in personality, merkel's calm, detailed-oriented leadership for 11 years is in sharp contrast to political neophyte trump's spontaneity and provocative comments. on policy, they diverge over immigration, defense spending, the european union and global trade."to say that their relationship has been rocky from the start may be the euphemism of the year," said michael bröning, director of the foreign






donald trump, justin trudeau: joint news conference - live updates


12:30 p.m. at 2 p.m., president trump is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with canadian prime minister justin trudeau at the white house, following a bilateral meeting between the two leaders. issues including trade and possibly immigration might come up on their agenda. there might be questions regarding the administration’s plan moving forward on the travel ban and new executive action(s) they’ve said they’d roll out this week. it’s also possible that mr. trump will be asked about whether he stands behind his national security adviser, michael flynn. flynn’s deception about conversations with the russian ambassador about obama administration sanctions have deeply soured his relationship with vice president mike pence. top white house aide stephen miller deferred to mr. trump or






tibetan pm-in-exile hopes for friendly us ties under trump


tokyo — the prime minister of the tibetan government-in-exile says he has high expectations for president donald trump to maintain friendly relations with tibet, as trump's predecessors have.lobsang sangay, in tokyo for meetings with japanese officials, also urged japanese prime minister shinzo abe to share his insights about how to establish good relations with trump. abe was due back from the u.s. on monday evening after holding talks and playing golf with trump over the weekend.lobsang sangay said japan and china's other neighbors should be wary of beijing's assertiveness in the regional seas, saying what happened to tibet could happen to them. china says tibet has been part of its territory since the mid-13th century, but many tibetans say the region was effectively independent for mos






u.s. defense chief jim mattis reaffirms ties in visit to south korea, japan


tokyo—as u.s. president donald trump threatens to overturn ties with america’s global allies, his defense minister gave an urance to two asian countries that depend on u.s. military support: we won’t abandon you.u.s. defense secretary jim mattis pledged to uphold a commitment to defend japan in a meeting with japanese prime minister shinzo abe on friday, after giving a similar guarantee to south korea’s leadership. the...






un security council strongly condemns north korea missile test


for most of the day president donald trump and japanese prime minister shinzo abe used golf under the florida sun to show the world the u.s.-japan alliance remained strong. then events half-a-world away provided a more significant example of cooperation.after north korea reportedly launched a...






hope for warmer russia ties


washington — while trade and security were expected to be among the first items japanese prime minister shinzo abe would broach with president donald trump when the two met friday, another sensitive issue likely came up: russia. the new white house occupant and the japanese leader have taken different tracks, but both have been warming up…






tibetan pm-in-exile hopes for friendly us ties under trump


tokyo (ap) — the prime minister of the tibetan government-in-exile says he has high expectations for president donald trump to maintain friendly relations with tibet, as trump’s predecessors have.lobsang sangay, in tokyo for meetings with japanese officials, also urged japanese prime minister shinzo abe to share his insights about how to establish good relations with trump. abe was due back from the u.s. on monday evening after holding talks and playing golf with trump over the weekend.lobsang sangay said japan and china’s other neighbors should be wary of beijing’s assertiveness in the regional seas, saying what happened to tibet could happen to them. china says tibet has been part of its territory since the mid-13th century, but many tibetans say the region was effectively independent fo






prime minister narendra modi leads party to big win in indian state election


new delhi—prime minister narendra modi led his party to a landslide electoral victory in india’s most-populous state, a result that strengthens his grip on power and lays the groundwork for his widely expected run for a second term in 2019.the scale of his success shows support for the prime minister wasn’t hurt by his radical decision in november to cancel nearly 90% of india’s paper money overnight. people were forced to line up...






kindergarten in japan accused of nationalist bigotry


tsukamoto kindergarten, whose traditionalist supporters include the wife of japanese prime minister shinzo abe, has been accused of promoting bigotry against chinese and koreans and of receiving illicit financial favors from the government.tokyo — at tsukamoto kindergarten, an ultraconservative school at the center of a japanese political scandal, children receive the sort of education their prewar great-grandparents might have recognized.they march in crisp rows to military music. they recite instructions for patriotic behavior laid down by a 19th-century emperor. the intent, the school says, is to “nurture patriotism and pride” in the children of japan, “the purest nation in the world.”tsukamoto and its traditionalist supporters — including the wife of prime minister shinzo abe — are und






prime minister narendra modi tightens grip on india with big win in state electi


new delhi—prime minister narendra modi led his party to a landslide electoral victory in india’s most-populous state, a result that strengthens his grip on power and lays the groundwork for his widely expected run for a second term in 2019.the scale of his success shows support for the prime minister wasn’t hurt by his radical decision in november to cancel nearly 90% of india’s paper money overnight. people were forced to line up...






tibetan pm-in-exile hopes for friendly us ties under trump


tokyo (ap) — the prime minister of the tibetan government-in-exile says he has high expectations for president donald trump to maintain friendly relations with tibet, as trump’s predecessors have.lobsang sangay, in tokyo for meetings with japanese officials, also urged japanese prime minister shinzo abe to share his insights about how to establish good relations with trump. abe was due back from the u.s. on monday evening after holding talks and playing golf with trump over the weekend.lobsang sangay said japan and china’s other neighbors should be wary of beijing’s assertiveness in the regional seas, saying what happened to tibet could happen to them. china says tibet has been part of its territory since the mid-13th century, but many tibetans say the region was effectively independent fo






new moroccan prime minister revives hope for end to deadlock


morocco's new prime minister is determined to succeed where his predecessor failed, and swiftly began negotiations this week with rivals to build a government and end a crisis threatening the economy and morocco's reputation for stability.






murdoch-owned media at an advantage under trump?


president donald trump may have called out the media for false reports but he does have his favorites and coincidentally — or not — these are the ones owned by his friend and media tycoon rupert murdoch. this was demonstrated at friday’s joint press conference with japanese prime minister shinzo abe where the only two u.s.…






north korea missile launch sets test for trump


north korea launched a ballistic missile into the sea of japan on sunday as the u.s. and japanese leaders were meeting in florida, in the first challenge to president donald trump’s policy toward pyongyang since he took office. in a brief joint appearance at mr. trump’s mar-a-lago estate in palm beach, fla., prime minister shinzo abe said the...






japanese women look to speed up ‘mommy track’ at work


tokyo—prime minister shinzo abe’s push to get more women in the workplace has prompted japan’s big companies to introduce more generous maternity leave and shorter hours for those with young children. now, some employers are looking to also support women who find the “mommy track” too slow, as another way to keep their best employees in a tightening labor market. aya fujikawa, a 27-year-old engineer, is one. she joined...






was trump ‘obsessed’ with a japanese translator’s breast?


president donald trump was “obsessed” with a translator’s breasts during japanese prime minister shinzo abe’s visit to the white house last month, vanity fair editor-in-chief, graydon carter claimed in an editor’s letter wednesday. however, it was unclear if the claims were true. trump allegedly admitted to a friend about the incident, carter said without mentioning how…






somalia’s new president appoints prime minister


mogadishu, somalia (ap) — somalia’s president mohamed abdullahi mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to saudi arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.somali-born norwegian national hassan ali khaire, the former executive africa of the british energy explorer soma oil, was appointed as the new prime minister thursday morning.mohamed, who was inaugurated as president on wednesday, also holds u.s. citizenship. he was elected earlier this month in a step toward establishing somalia’s first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.






somalia's new president appoints prime minister


mogadishu, somalia — somalia's president mohamed abdullahi mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to saudi arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.somali-born norwegian national hassan ali khaire, the former executive africa of the british energy explorer soma oil, was appointed as the new prime minister thursday morning.mohamed, who was inaugurated as president on wednesday, also holds u.s. citizenship. he was elected earlier this month in a step toward establishing somalia's first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.






melania trump hosts japan's first lady


first lady melania trump and akie abe, wife of japanese prime minister shinzo abe, toured the morikami museum and japanese gardens in delray beach, florida, while their husbands spent the morning on the golf course.the trumps planned to host a more formal delegation dinner with the abes on saturday night.click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery on your mobile device.






rule change could make abe longest-serving leader in japan


tokyo — japan's ruling party approved a change in party rules sunday that could pave the way for prime minister shinzo abe to become the country's longest-serving leader in the post-world war ii era.it is a remarkable turnaround for abe, who lasted only a year during an earlier stint as prime minister, and in a country that had six prime ministers in the six years before abe returned to office in december 2012.analysts say that japan's 62-year-old leader learned from his first term in office, when he focused on divisive issues such as constitutional revision and patriotic education that contributed to his early downfall. this time, he has made an expansionary economic policy with a catchy name, "abenomics," front and center at election time."the interesting thing is that formerly abe did n






rex tillerson's state department largely sidelined in trump's first month


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the preeminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a gov






scottish independence: referendum demand 'will be rejected'


media captiontheresa may: "we should be working together, not pulling apart"the uk government is to reject calls for a scottish independence referendum before brexit after theresa may said "now was not the time".the prime minister said the focus should be on getting the best brexit deal for the whole of the uk.and scottish tory leader ruth davidson said nicola sturgeon's demand for a vote by the spring of 2019 would be rejected "conclusively". ms sturgeon said the move could "seal the fate" of the union.ms sturgeon, the scottish first minister, has called for a referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or the spring of the following year, to coincide with the conclusion of the uk's brexit negotiations with the eu.she said: "if the prime minister refuses to engage on the terms of a refere






trump will use abe visit to provide re urance on alliances


president donald trump plans to use the white house visit of japanese prime minister shinzo abe on friday to re ure america’s asia-pacific allies that his administration values u.s. alliances in the region, despite his earlier comments raising doubts about his support for the relationships. the new president views alliances generally as the “cornerstone” of security for the u.s. and the world, and will make clear during mr. abe’s...






trump will use abe visit to provide re urance on alliances


president donald trump plans to use the white house visit of japanese prime minister shinzo abe on friday to re ure america’s asia-pacific allies that his administration values u.s. alliances in the region, despite his earlier comments raising doubts about his support for the relationships. the new president views alliances generally as the “cornerstone” of security for the u.s. and the world, and will make clear during mr. abe’s...






moroccan king names new prime minister to break deadlock


rabat, morocco — morocco's king has named a new prime minister, former top diplomat saadeddine othmani, after ousting his predecessor after five months of government deadlock.the royal palace said in a statement friday that othmani, a former foreign minister, has been given the responsibility of forming a new government. othmani's islamist party, the party of justice and development, won an election in october but has failed to form a coalition government.king mohammed vi holds ultimate power in morocco but rarely intervenes in politics, and his decision wednesday to oust previous prime minister abdelilah benkirane came as a national surprise.the lack of a government has threatened the moroccan economy and its reputation for political stability in a volatile region.






rule change could make abe longest-serving leader in japan


tokyo (ap) — japan’s ruling party is expected to approve a change in party rules sunday that could pave the way for prime minister shinzo abe to become the country’s longest-serving leader in the post-world war ii era.it is a remarkable turnaround for abe, who lasted only a year during an earlier stint as prime minister, and in a country that had six prime ministers in the six years before abe returned to office in december 2012.analysts say that japan’s 62-year-old leader learned from his first term in office, when he focused on divisive issues such as constitutional revision and patriotic education that contributed to his early downfall. this time, he has made an expansionary economic policy with a catchy name, “abenomics,” front and center at election time.“the interesting thing is that