Reporter's Notebook

Time for Shinzo Abe to enter the spotlight

First summit with China and South Korea in years offers Japan's prime minister a chance to take focus off declining popularity.

Time for Shinzo Abe to enter the spotlight

Japan

Japan seeks 'maximum pressure' on N Korea before talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Trump in April to align strategy aimed at Pyongyang giving up its nuclear programme.

Japan eyes 'maximum pressure' on N Korea ahead of talks

Japan

Akie Abe accused in land sale scandal

Japan’s first lady has not commented.

Akie Abe accused in land sale scandal

Inside Story

What can Trump offer Asia?

The US president is in Asia, where one country dominates talks: North Korea.

Asia

Abe and Trump urge 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Japanese PM says now is not the time for dialogue as US president declares 'era of strategic patience is over'.

Abe and Trump call for 'maximum pressure' on N Korea

Donald Trump

Trump kicks off Asia tour in Japan

Trump's Asia tour, the longest to the region of any US president in more than 25 years, will include South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Japan

Japan PM Abe: 'All options on the table' with N Korea

As President Trump arrives in Tokyo, Japan's conservative leader manoeuvres to rewrite the pacifist constitution.

Japan PM Abe: 'All options on the table' with N Korea

Inside Story

Will Abe change Japan's pacifist constitution?

After election win for his party and coalition partner, the PM signaled a push towards reforming the constitution.

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.