Abe urged to rethink Xi’s Japan visit by own party, citing Hong Kong

TOKYO — Japan should reconsider the planned state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing’s move to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong, members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party wrote in a resolution Friday.

The document, put forward by two LDP foreign policy panels, expresses “grave and serious concern from the standpoint of respecting freedom and democracy” about the mainland’s tightening grip on Hong Kong

Xi had been slated to visit Japan in April, but the trip was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said last week that Tokyo plans to

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Abe comes down on side of economy with decision to reopen Tokyo

TOKYO — Anxious about the state of Japan’s economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe huddled with cabinet members ahead of Monday’s decision to lift the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other regions.

“Let’s go with this,” he said Sunday night, drawing agreement from  economic and fiscal policy chief Yasutoshi Nishimura as well as Health Minister Katsunobu Kato, people familiar with the discussions said.

Monday’s decision followed a push by the prime minister’s office to find a path to ending the state of emergency in Tokyo ahead of its May 31 expiration. Care was taken in setting the criteria 

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Abe declares end to Japan’s coronavirus emergency

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures on Monday, ending seven weeks of economic restrictions and ushering in an uncertain “new normal.”

Although the country of 126 million has recorded over 16,000 infections and 800 deaths since the pandemic began, it has avoided a devastating outbreak like in the U.S. and elsewhere. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government called off the emergency in most regions earlier this month, and it is poised to do so for Tokyo and nearby Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, after consulting

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Abe to attend if G-7 holds in-person summit

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has informed the U.S., the chair of the Group of Seven nations this year, that he will attend a leaders’ meeting if it takes place in June as the White House hopes.

U.S. President Donald Trump said this week that he may again host an in-person summit of the G-7 leaders in or near Washington, after earlier canceling the meeting amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

If Abe does attend, it will be his first overseas trip since visiting the Middle East in mid-January. He is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Trump

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