Tokyo has so far resisted domestic and international calls to join, saying a pact without the participation of nuclear powers was not practical.
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Seeds being sold abroad without permission represents threat to intellectual property rights, but opposition says LDP's bill would simply hurt Japan's farmers.
Driving reforms is giving the media- and social media-savvy 57-year-old the opportunity to raise his political profile by playing to his strengths. Will it be enough?
The planned move to merge the city's administrative wards could give officials more freedom to attract tourists and businesses.
Two municipalities in Hokkaido have applied to the first stage of the process to build final disposal sites for nuclear waste, but the moves have prompted opposition.
On Nov. 1, the city's residents will be asked whether to merge Osaka's 24 wards into just four.
The way the council chooses its members has prompted criticism and calls for reform from supporters and opponents of Suga's decision.
While the capital is a major source of domestic tourism for many areas, it is also the source of about 30 percent of Japan's coronavirus cases.
With the pandemic changing the way we work, the International Conference for Women in Business says women must now be brought to the fore.
Yoshihide Suga became prime minister because he was able to secure the support of the most powerful formal faction leaders in the Liberal Democratic Party, whose members voted for him over rivals Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba, who also lead their own factions. But ...