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Maritime Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Adm. Ryo Sakai says during a news conference Friday that he will step down on July 19 to take responsibility for a string of scandals involving MSDF members.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 14, 2024
Crisis grips Japanese government over Defense Ministry scandals
Some believe such scandals may influence the debate over tax hikes that were proposed to finance the five-year defense spending boost through fiscal 2027.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speak to reporters in Berlin on Friday.
Jul 13, 2024
Japanese and German leaders deepen ties with new economic security framework
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaz Scholz agreed on the new mechanism during the Japanese leader's first visit to the country as PM.
Public support for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet marked a new low of 15.5% in July, Jiji poll shows.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2024
Kishida Cabinet's approval rating sinks to 15.5%, poll shows
The results marked a new low for the Liberal Democratic Party since it returned to power in December 2012.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers remarks at NATO's 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 11, 2024
Why Indo-Pacific countries are joining the NATO summit
This is the third successive NATO summit for four countries from the Indo-Pacific region to attend.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday before leaving for Washington for NATO meetings.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2024
Kishida and Yoon vow cooperation over Russia-North Korea ties
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a mutual defense pledge with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Washington in April. Both leaders face an uphill battle to stay at the helm of their respective parties and countries.
Jul 10, 2024
Japan too is wrestling with a flawed leader
Questions about election prospects plague Biden in the U.S. and Kishida in Japan, with both trying to hang on to their commanding positions despite growing discontent.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo last month.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 9, 2024
Kishida aims for hospital ship operations from fiscal year 2025
The envisioned ships would evacuate disaster victims while giving them medical treatment and stay based at ports near disaster-hit areas to provide care.
The Liberal Democratic Party's poor showing in Sunday's Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly by-elections likely won't have any decisive impact on the standing of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 8, 2024
Tokyo by-elections setback a blow to the LDP, but maybe not to Kishida
Sunday’s poor performance might not have much impact on the prime minister’s prospects for reelection as LDP president.
A visitor prays for late former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a flower stand set up near the site of his shooting in the city of Nara, on Monday, the second anniversary of his death.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2024
Ex-PM Abe remembered, two years after fatal shooting
In Tokyo, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he would continue to carry on agendas pursued by Abe.
Police officers stand guard during a campaign speech by a Lower House by-election candidate in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, in April 2023.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 8, 2024
Police beef up security measures ahead of upcoming election
Two years after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a review of dignitary protection is being conducted.
Children sit near a flooding seawall during high tide in Serua, Fiji, in 2022.
Jul 6, 2024
Japan to share weather data with Pacific island nations
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will announce the plan at the July 16-18 summit in Tokyo with Pacific island leaders.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida listens to U.S. President Joe Biden as they hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in April.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 6, 2024
Biden again takes credit for pushing Japan to boost defense spending
The U.S. president said for the second time in just over a year that he had pushed Japan to its hike defense budget — comments likely to upset Tokyo.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the Asia Business Summit in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 6, 2024
Kishida sends congratulatory message to new British prime minister
Kishida expressed his hope to step up cooperation with Britain to strengthen and maintain a free and open international order.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the Asia Business Summit in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 6, 2024
Kishida keen to leverage diplomacy to buoy his administration
Diplomacy is one of Kishida's strengths, but it remains unclear if his strategy will pay off.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is struggling to stay in office amid low public approval ratings and discontent from within his party. However, it is extremely rare for a sitting LDP president running for reelection to be dethroned.
Jul 5, 2024
Kishida fights for his political life
Despite low public approval ratings and discontent in the LDP, all is not lost for Prime Minister Kishida if the summer is kind to him and he plays his cards right.
Bank of Japan Gov. Kazuo Ueda and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida show off the new banknotes in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 3, 2024
Japan releases new banknotes for first time in 20 years
The Bank of Japan plans to introduce a total of ¥1.6 trillion ($9.9 billion) worth of the new banknotes into circulation on Wednesday alone.
Economic security minister Sanae Takaichi speaks at a panel meeting on economic security information at the Prime Minister's Office last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 2, 2024
Takaichi gearing up for LDP presidential election this autumn
The economic security minister is set to deliver a speech in Tokyo on July 16, followed by ones in Miyagi on July 21, Okinawa on July 28 and in Hyogo on Aug. 3.
Shigeru Ishiba, former Secretary-General of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaks to reporters in Sapporo last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 2, 2024
Suga meets with Ishiba, fueling speculation over LDP leadership race
The meeting has fueled speculation over Ishiba's moves ahead of the LDP's leadership race expected to be held in September.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is briefed by local officials during his visit to the Wakura hot spring area in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jul 2, 2024
Kishida visits Noto for launch of 'creative' reconstruction team
Japan will introduce a 70% discount tourism campaign covered by the government to support sightseeing in the area.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida eats tomatoes in Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 29, 2024
Kishida kicks off nationwide tour ahead of LDP election
During a meeting in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kishida vowed to restore confidence in the LDP following the party's political funds scandal.


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