Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 21, 2024
For Kishida, the LDP election means a fraught summer ahead
Attention is turning to what the prime minister will do as potential rivals rally support ahead of September's vote for party president.
An election poster board in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward on Friday. Incumbent Yuriko Koike and former Upper House lawmaker Renho may be stealing the spotlight for the July 7 Tokyo governor poll, but some other candidates highly unlikely to win are nonetheless running in the hope of gaining publicity during the campaign period.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 21, 2024
PR opportunity pushes Tokyo governor candidates to record number
The amount of publicity to be gained during the campaign period is a major draw, with the ¥3 million candidate deposit described as a bargain.
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Jun Azumi (center) submits a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Lower House Speaker Fukushiro Nukaga (second from left) on Thursday in the parliament.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2024
Lower House votes down no-confidence motion against Kishida’s government
The motion was voted down by the LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito, which together hold a supermajority in the chamber.
People applaud during a campaign event in Tokyo on Thursday. Those running in the July 7 poll will be battling to govern the sixth-largest city in the world by population.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 20, 2024
Tokyo governor poll campaign kicks off with 56 candidates in running
Ideas on how to reverse the capital's declining birth rate and make spending transparent are topping the agenda.
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Kenta Izumi (left) faces off against Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a debate in parliament on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
CDP's Izumi challenges Kishida to dissolve Lower House
Izumi said Kishida ought to seek a fresh mandate from the public due to his party's handling of its slush funds scandal.
German and Japanese fighter jets take part in an exercise over Japan. Germany's air force plans to send three of the fighters to Japan next month for the first-ever joint aerial exercise between the Luftwaffe and Air Self-Defense Force.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Germany laser-focused on Indo-Pacific despite hurdles, top envoy to Japan says
German Ambassador Clemens von Goetze expects soaring ties with Japan to continue to reach unprecedented heights.
Renho attends a news conference in Tokyo on Friday. Renho needs to appeal to a wide range of voters in a race that has over 50 candidates, especially CDP and JCP supporters who don’t like incumbent Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Japanese Communist Party's shadow looms over Renho in Tokyo race
The appearance of a two-page flier in which the JCP endorsed Renho raised eyebrows and added more uncertainty to her prospects of winning the race.
Internal affairs minister Takeaki Matsumoto bows after a bill to revise the local autonomy law was approved at a plenary meeting of the Upper House on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Japan enacts bill for emergency state power over local governments
The purpose is to make sure that Japan can respond quickly to incidents not presupposed by existing laws.
A bill to revise the political funds control law is passed at a plenary meeting of the Upper House on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 19, 2024
Diet passes political funds bill in wake of LDP money scandal
A third-party organization will be established to check how lawmakers use the so-called policy activity funds.
Renho (left) and incumbent Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike are both pushing for child care policies in their campaign pledges for the Tokyo gubernatorial election next month.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 18, 2024
Koike and Renho take aim at Tokyo's declining birth rate
In unveiling their campaign manifestos, both gubernatorial contenders have pledged to bolster child-rearing policies.
Nippon Ishin no Kai leader Nobuyuki Baba and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after signing an agreement on a political reform bill in May
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 18, 2024
Nippon Ishin to vote against political funds bill
Nippon Ishin, which had voted for the bill in the House of Representatives, is considering submitting a censure motion against Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Group of Seven leaders and officials look to the sky during a ceremony involving paratroopers at Borgo Egnazia Golf Club San Domenico in Savelletri, Italy, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics / First person
Jun 17, 2024
In perspective: a firsthand account of this year’s G7
In an increasingly multipolar world, the bloc's relevance comes into question, but any attempt to foster dialogue and ease tensions should be welcomed.
The Henoko coastal district in the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 17, 2024
Okinawa governor's camp fails to secure majority in assembly poll
The tough election result is seen forcing the Okinawa governor to face difficulties managing the prefectural administration.
Education ministers from Japan, South Korea and China (from left to right) hold talks in Seoul on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 16, 2024
Japan, China and South Korea to promote exchanges among future generations
This was the fourth education ministers' meeting among the three Asian countries, with Japan set to host the next one.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is welcomed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prior to the start of a Ukraine peace summit in Burgenstock, Switzerland, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 16, 2024
Kishida calls for peace, as Russia's absence overshadows Ukraine summit
Representatives from more than 90 countries and a dozen international organizations are advocating for a concrete and united roadmap to peace in Ukraine.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Nippon Ishin no Kai leader Nobuyuki Baba sign an agreement to create a law reforming lawmaker allowances on May 31.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 16, 2024
Kishida pledges to 'sincerely address' reforming lawmaker allowances
The prime minister said he would approach the reforms based on an accord reached between his ruling Liberal Democratic Party and opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is welcomed by Italian leader Giorgia Meloni on the first day of the Group of Seven summit in the Italian resort of Borgo Egnazia on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 15, 2024
Japan and Italy agree to beef up defense and diplomatic cooperation
Japan and Italy have agreed on a plan to deepen cooperation over the next three years in key areas such as diplomacy, defense and trade.
The Liberal Democratic Party's Gen Nakatani (center) speaks at the Lower House Constitution Commission on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 14, 2024
LDP scraps plan for constitution revision this Diet session
The conservative wing of the party is likely to lash out against the failure to achieve constitutional revision.
Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi at the Prime Minister's Office Tuesday
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 14, 2024
Yamaguchi's tenure as Komeito leader may be extended
Now in his eighth term, Yamaguchi is the longest-serving chief of Komeito since the 1998 renewal of the party.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Fasano, Italy, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 14, 2024
Japan locks in support for Ukraine with nonbinding security agreement
The deal formalizes Tokyo’s support for Kyiv and includes a pledge to conduct consultations in the case of future attacks on the war-torn country.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
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