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For the first time in nearly eight years, Japan has a new Prime Minister. While Shinzo Abe has left the government, his influence remains — including in the cabinet of his successor.

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TOKYO — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his intention to step down due to his declining health, according to reports Friday by NHK and other Japanese media.

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Across the country and around the world, leaders of states and countries are making decisions about whether and how far to re-open. This week, the leader of one of the largest economies in the Asia Pacific announced his latest approach to fighting the pandemic.

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TOKYO — President Donald Trump said Monday he is not "personally" bothered by recent short-range North Korean missile tests and doesn't believe they violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on a four-day state visit full of pageantry and pomp.

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  TOKYO — It was a day of sumo-sized diplomacy. Plenty of world leaders have tried to butter up President Donald Trump with flattery and favors. Japan's Shinzo Abe on Sunday raised the bar for all of them.

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Lawmakers are facing calls for increased government spending because of the cost of recovery from a series of disasters. That could be a headline here in Hawai‘i, but it’s a story this week from Japan.

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In less than two weeks, Japanese voters will go to the polls in national elections. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to extend his term, the plans of the opposition are less clear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Recent political and security developments in the Asia Pacific have focused on North Korea. But a number of diplomatic relationships are shifting relatively quickly in the area. One example involves two of the largest democracies in the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A government leader with falling popularity shakes up his inner circle. It’s a familiar story to listeners in the United States, but it also describes what’s happening this week in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As world leaders head to Hamburg, Germany for the G-20 summit this weekend, none may be more eager for the International Stage, than Shinzo Abe of Japan. Last weekend, his Liberal Democratic Party suffered historic losses in elections for the local assembly in Tokyo. More, from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returns to Japan today following nearly a week of travels around the Asia Pacific. Abe traveled to several countries, and the timing of his trip has a direct connection to political events here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The leaders of the United States and Japan visited the USS Arizona Memorial together for the first time since the December 7 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid a wreath of Anthuriums at the USS Arizona Memorial.  Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the sunken battleship while in office.   Addressing dignitaries and survivors through an interpreter, he expressed his sorrow for all who died in World War II and reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to peace.

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Donald Trump’s meeting yesterday with Japan’s Prime Minister has made national newscasts in the United States. But in Japan, it’s been a continuing story for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Later today, Governor Ige will attend a state dinner at the White House honoring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  It’s part of a weeklong trip that will take Japan’s leader from coast to coast. Abe hopes to use the travels to show how the relationship between the countries is developing on a number of levels. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Governor David Ige holds a news conference later today, following his return to Hawai‘i from the national governors’ conference in Washington. A few months from now, Washington will host a very different political leader, one who may have an unusual opportunity. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The country that supplies more foreign visitors to Hawaii than any other has fallen back into recession.  News out this morning confirms that Japan’s economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter.  And one effect that could bring is a new set of elections.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Two ministers in the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have resigned. Both of them are women and both have stepped down over allegations of financial impropriety. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While Hawaii’s state legislature considers raising the minimum wage during this session, broader salary discussions are going on in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put out the word that he wants companies to pay their workers more. And there may be some embarrassment involved for big companies who refuse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.