Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Japan’s opposition party picks new leader

Japan`s main opposition Liberal Democratic Party chose former finance minister Sadakazu Tanigaki as its new leader on Monday.