Fumio Kishida was elected as Japan’s 100th Prime Minister on October 4 after winning a majority of votes in both houses of parliament. He succeeded Yoshihide Suga who resigned after just one year in office due to declining support ratings over his handling of the pandemic.
The absence of a Beijing official at the funeral of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe was a telling reminder of the strained ties between the two countries
Fukuoka District Court’s complicated verdict fell short of expectations of activists in Japan, the only G7 nation without legal protection for same-sex unions.
As well as cutting back on the number of cedar trees, the government said supercomputers and AI would be used to improve pollen forecasts. Allergy medicine production is also set to get a boost.
Resignation comes after a magazine published photos of Shotaro Kishida apparently pretending to hold a news conference in the PM’s official residence as a joke.
Seeking the return of Japanese nationals abducted by the North in the 1970s and 1980s, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he is committed to talks ‘at the earliest opportunity’.
Japan’s PM Kishida will not introduce taxes or raise existing ones to address the nation’s population crisis, even as his administration prioritises providing support for families to raise children.
The successful summit in Hiroshima may tempt PM Kishida to lock in improved ratings, say analysts, amid an overall ‘feel-good sensation’.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol paid tribute to tens of thousands of Koreans who died in the attack 78 years ago, and later held talks with US President Joe Biden.
Kishida hails the joint visit as ‘very meaningful’ for bilateral ties, while Yoon praises the Japanese leader’s ‘courage’ in visiting the memorial.
Jake Sullivan describes American president’s G7 attendance as ‘critical’ and notes plan to put visit with Australian prime minister ‘back on the books’.
Analysts agree Toshimitsu Motegi has extensive diplomatic experience but also point out weaknesses such as ‘a lack of warmth and empathy’ in connecting with voters.
Getting the African countries to take active measures against Russia will be difficult if they are not offered strong incentives in exchange, one analyst notes
The thaw between Seoul and Tokyo could hamper Beijing’s bilateral and trilateral ties with the countries, observer says.
Discussions ‘in the face of the current severe international situation’ included North Korea threat.
Investigators say they have confiscated gunpowder from the home of Ryuji Kimura’s who was arrested on April 15 for allegedly throwing an explosive device at Fumio Kishida as the prime minister was about to make a speech.
Building closer security ties to counter North Korea’s threat, expanding economic cooperation are among the issues likely to be the focus of Kishida’s Seoul trip.
A South Korean opposition politician visited Dok-do, known in Japan as Takeshima, days before scheduled get-together; analyst says timing was more about ‘embarrassment’ than sovereignty.
Seoul and Tokyo are seeking a thaw in relations as shared security concerns push them to fulfil their roles as otherwise ‘natural allies’.
The package will contribute to financing Cairo’s metro expansion, which would link Egypt’s 6th of October City to the Giza plateau. Total Japanese investments in Egypt have so far amounted to US$3 billion.
New policy by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet urges faster development of autonomous underwater vehicles and remotely operated robots to bolster surveillance amid ‘growing unauthorised maritime activity’.
Government data shows women earn about 75 per cent less than men, as many work part-time and have fewer opportunities to build a career.
Japan is the only G7 nation that does not have laws banning discrimination against LGBTQ people or give legal recognition to same-sex unions.
Koichi Tani, chair of Japan’s National Public Safety Commission, is under fire after he ‘fully savoured, finished’ his lunch of eel rice before responding to smoke bomb attack on PM Kishida.
Japan, which hosts the G7 summit next month, is the only member of the Group of Seven industrial powers that does not recognise same-sex unions.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis praised Japan’s push to bolster its defences on Monday, as he kicked off an international tour that’s widely seen as a bid to burnish his credentials ahead of a presidential run.
Ryuji Kimura, 24, accused of throwing an explosive at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is reported to have sued the government over minimum age to stand in elections being 25.
The fishermen sprang into action as soon as they saw an object flying overhead towards Japan’s prime minister. Their heroics prompted many online to wonder if they were plain-clothes police officers.