Shinzo Abe

A good week for ... , December 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 2:02am

Shinzo Abe

Japan's comeback kid stormed to a convincing victory in last Sunday's general election. Abe, whose previous stint as prime minister ended just after a year in 2007, saw his Liberal Democratic Party secure a resounding majority in the lower-house election. But Abe faces some daunting challenges - not least of which is a territorial dispute with China.


John Slosar

The Cathay Pacific CEO got the Christmas present he was looking for when the airline's flight attendants' union called off plans for a work-to-rule campaign during the festive period following a pay-rise dispute. The union settled on the original 2 per cent salary increase and other benefits after marathon talks.


Ri Sol-ju

Could the fourth generation of the world's only hereditary communist dictatorship be on its way? The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared to be boasting a baby bump when she appeared at her husband's side at a memorial for Kim's late father, Kim Jong-il. Pregnancy rumours have circulated since she disappeared from public view in September.