Sunday's vote for upper house seats has the ruling Liberal Democrats eyeing major gains.
11 Jul 2016 12:20 GMT | Japan, Elections, Asia Pacific
New Democratic Party wants to save Japan from one of the "deepest crises of democracy it has faced in 70 years".
27 Mar 2016 13:14 GMT | Politics, Asia, Japan, Shinzo Abe
Japanese entrepreneurs see lucrative opportunities in attracting Muslim tourists.
17 Dec 2015 10:34 GMT | Asia, Japan, Islam, Tourism, Arts & Culture
The Ahmadi Muslim community in Japan hopes its new mosque will promote intercultural understanding and dialogue.
Michael Penn | 28 Nov 2015 10:56 GMT | Arts & Culture, Japan, Islam
Japanese protesters invoke human rights abuse and painful memories of war to oppose US Marine airbase on their island.
Michael Penn | 04 Oct 2015 10:13 GMT | Military, Human Rights, Japan, Asia Pacific
After decades of pacifism since WWII, conservative government now wants the military to be able to fight overseas.
Michael Penn | 31 Aug 2015 05:42 GMT | Military, Japan, Shinzo Abe, United States
Government must listen to its people insisting on no new American Marine base on the island, Yukio Hatoyama says.
Michael Penn | 17 Jun 2015 06:11 GMT | Asia Pacific, Japan, United States, Shinzo Abe, Military
Takeshi Onaga asks Japan's central government to suspend work on the contentious airbase, citing environmental concerns.
Michael Penn | 23 Mar 2015 11:46 GMT | Politics, Environment, Japan, Military
Attempts to revise war-time history of sex slavery result in a backlash and more criticism.
Michael Penn | 16 Mar 2015 05:13 GMT | Human Rights, War & Conflict, Shinzo Abe, Japan, United States
Mother of Kenji Goto, being held by ISIL, pleads for his life, as deadline for payment of $200 million ransom looms.
Michael Penn | 23 Jan 2015 03:19 GMT | Politics, Asia Pacific, Japan
Recovery plan received a recent shot in the arm by the central bank, but it remains in the shadow of staggering debt.
Michael Penn | 05 Nov 2014 14:04 GMT | Politics, Business & Economy, Japan, Shinzo Abe
An insight into a girls' school in Afghanistan which imposes an even stricter interpretation of Islam than the Taliban.
Taliban, Women, Afghanistan
Fault Lines explores the lesser-known stories of black women who have fallen victim to police violence in the US.
Black Lives Matter, Women, Human Rights
In an exclusive interview, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discusses his war on drugs and foreign policy.
Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines
'War on terror' or competition for natural resources? A look at the US and French military presence in Africa.
Mali, Africa, Tuareg