Reconstruction Chief Imamura Resigns; Tohoku Gaffe “absolutely inexcusable,” says PM Abe

Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, one day after causing an uproar with his statement about the 2011 East Japan earthquake.   “Good thing that the [2011 earthquake-tsunami] disaster hit the Tohoku region,” Imamura had said. “If it had happened closer to […]

Abe and Trump Get Acquainted: A Read-out of their First Phone Call

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Donald Trump, the Republican winner of the U.S. presidential election, the day after his victory, at which time they agreed to meet in New York as Prime Minister Abe traveled to Lima, Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This was the first time a prime minister has met […]