Fumio Kishida appears poised to differentiate himself from his predecessor Yoshihide Suga in order to avoid quickly following him out of office.
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Candidate preferences among the party's rank and file, which includes all those age 20 or over that pay membership fees, reveal a generational shift when compared to those of Diet members.
Experts say the prime minister must now cling to hope that the country's vaccine drive will pay off in time to prevent a medical system collapse and salvage his future as Japan's leader.
For now, people may bask in the heroic performances of the Olympic athletes, but some experts say the government may soon face a backlash for going ahead with the Games amid the pandemic.
The risk is possible as Japan enters the season for cherry blossom-viewing parties, graduation ceremonies and the April start of the new academic and business year.
With the U.S. announcing plans to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar, Japan remains cautious about invoking punitive measures against the Southeast Asian country.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's declaration of another state of emergency for Tokyo and its surrounding area appears to have come too late, with the government's decision-making process slowed by his prioritization of economic recovery and the manner in which he took office four months ...
After taking office in mid-September, Suga vowed in a policy speech last month to reduce Japan's net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.
New prime minister hopes to rally public support rate in speech before lawmakers that could affect any decision on when to hold the next general election.
Mix the rise of e-commerce in Japan with a chronic labor shortage and a graying society and what do you get? An autonomous home delivery robot with a cartoon character voice and big inquisitive eyes. "I'm delivering delicious food," announced CarriRo Deli, a robot the size ...