How to strike a balance between deterring China while keeping Beijing from lashing out will be a crucial issue as the two leaders seek to project a unified voice.
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Reconstruction efforts, from supermarkets and transport infrastructure to cutting-edge technology, have yet to entice large numbers of people to return.
While women have expressed interest in the LDP leadership, they have never marshaled the factional backing that is critical to success.
Polls show Taro Kono is already voters’ favorite for prime minister, an ominous sign for Yoshihide Suga ahead of a party leadership vote in September.
The remarks by Hiroshige Seko, Upper House secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, come even after a study last month indicated the campaign may have spread the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting this year’s G7, has invited South Korea, India and Australia to attend the leaders’ summit in Cornwall in June.
With carmakers including Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota forced to halt production and idle plants, Taiwan’s importance has suddenly become too big to ignore.
Expansion of the G7 is an idea that Japan, Italy, Germany and France oppose, according to officials familiar with those governments’ positions.
"We need to do it as fast as possible,” health minister Norihisa Tamura said Friday. "If all goes well, I would like to see the approval in about mid-February.”
Public approval could play into when he’ll call the next election, which must be held in less than a year.