Elections

Japan's Abe aims at North Korea after big poll win

Prime minister's ruling coalition wins super majority in snap election, boosting push to reform pacifist constitution.

Abe: Japan to pursue 'strong diplomacy' against N Korea

Japan

Japan's Abe on way to big election victory

Exit polls show prime minister set to become his country's longest serving leader since the second world war.

Shinzo Abe

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe poised to win snap election

A resounding majority could pave the way for the Japanese leader to revise the country's pacifist constitution.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe poised to win snap election

Elections

Japan snap elections: All you need to know

Early vote called by PM Shinzo Abe comes amid corruption scandals and rising tensions with North Korea.

Asia

Japan's PM announces snap election amid NK crisis

Critics say that the vote could create a 'political vacuum' in the face of recent threats from North Korea

Asia Pacific

Japan's PM calls snap election

Shinzo Abe says he will dissolve the lower house of parliament and call elections in October.

Japan's PM calls snap election

Security

World leaders unite in condemnation of North Korea

Criticism of Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test is voiced around the world from South Korea and the US to China and Russia.

Japan

Japan's Abe to join Obama in Pearl Harbor visit

The prime minister will become Japan's first leader to visit the site of his country's attack on the US.

Japan's Shinzo Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Japan

Trump meets Abe in first talks with a foreign leader

Japan PM "confident" president-elect is "trustworthy leader" amid anxiety over the future strength of US-Japan alliance.

Opinion

Japan's new Defence White Paper: Turbulence ahead

Japan will have to devote an increasing amount of time, energy and resources to the troubled security front.

Rupakjyoti Borah

by Rupakjyoti Borah

Rupakjyoti Borah

Reporter's Notebook

Japan election: A referendum on 'Abenomics'?

The forthcoming elections to the Upper House are getting more attention than usual.

Japan election: A referendum on 'Abenomics'?

Opinion

What does Japan do in Africa?

Japan should accentuate its strengths and continue the current diplomatic uptick which aligns with Africa's growth.

J Berkshire Miller

by J Berkshire Miller

J Berkshire Miller

Opinion

The new Japanese assertiveness

There is little certainty as to whether Japan's efforts will contribute to the resolution of the disputes in the region.

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

War & Conflict

Japan enacts laws allowing combat missions abroad

Critics say military engagement in conflicts for reasons other than self-defence is breach of pacifist constitution.

Politics

Japan's opposition regroups to protect constitution

New Democratic Party wants to save Japan from one of the "deepest crises of democracy it has faced in 70 years".

Japan's opposition regroups to protect constitution