Asia Briefs: PM Abe's new slogan recalls WWII rhetoric

PM Abe's new slogan recalls WWII rhetoric

TOKYO • A new slogan adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is raising eyebrows.

He unveiled the goal of building a "society in which all 100 million people can be active" after his re-election as ruling party chief last month.

Some historians say the slogan recalls wartime rhetoric, such as a call for "100 million" civilians to be ready to die, rather than accept defeat, in World War II.


Myanmar to cut some investor perks

SINGAPORE • Myanmar's Parliament is likely to meet by December to approve legislation that would scale back a number of foreign-investment incentives the government now deems excessive, said President Thein Sein's top economic adviser Aung Tun Thet.

The changes may include requiring the amount of duty-free raw materials brought in to be vetted by a non-governmental organisation, he said.


India rejects peace plan for Kashmir

WASHINGTON • India has rejected a four-point peace plan for Kashmir proposed by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said India remained open to dialogue "but talks and terror cannot go together".

India accuses Pakistan of breeding and sponsoring terrorists.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: PM Abe's new slogan recalls WWII rhetoric'. Print Edition | Subscribe