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Japan PM sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a shrine for war dead on Monday, the anniversary of Japan`s World War Two defeat, but did not visit the shrine, which is seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo`s wartime militarism.

Japan military on alert to destroy North Korea missile: Report

Japan military on alert to destroy North Korea missile: Report

Pyongyang has conducted a series of missile tests this year in defiance of UN sanctions imposed after its fourth nuclear test in January.

Japan`s emperor says may be `difficult` to fulfil duties

Japan`s emperor says may be `difficult` to fulfil duties

Japanese Emperor Akihito said on Monday he is concerned his weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties, in a speech seen as signalling a possible future abdication.

Japan marks Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Japan on Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a US atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appoints Tomomi Inada as defence minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet, appointing Tomomi Inada of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party the new Defence Minister.

Japan's Abe, eyeing lengthy rule, to opt for stability in cabinet rejig

Japan's Abe, eyeing lengthy rule, to opt for stability in cabinet rejig

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to put priority on stability when he rejigs his cabinet and top party line-up on Wednesday, retaining key ministers and tapping a veteran lawmaker who favours big spending as ruling party number two.

Japan seeks to pressure Beijing on South China Sea ruling

Japan seeks to pressure Beijing on South China Sea ruling

Tokyo raised pressure on Beijing at an Asia-Europe summit Saturday to respect an international tribunal`s ruling that dismissed its claims to much of the South China Sea.

Japan PM tells China''s Li international law must be respected - Kyodo

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that a rules-based international order must be respected.

Nice attack overshadows Europe-Asia summit

Nice attack overshadows Europe-Asia summit

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), held every two years and which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is supposed to be a venue for increasing cooperation across the Eurasian region and exploring ways to strengthen the global system of agreements that govern everything from trade to civil aviation.

China attacks Japanese judge who appointed SCS tribunal

China attacks Japanese judge who appointed SCS tribunal

 China today launched a blistering attack on the jurists of a UN-backed international tribunal that struck down its claims over the strategic South China Sea, saying a Japanese judge who appointed the arbitrators "manipulated" the judgement against Beijing.

Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry

A Japanese court on Tuesday upheld an order to keep two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power closed, the utility said, helping keep efforts to get the country`s struggling nuclear industry up and running in limbo.

After win, Abe calls for debate on Japan constitution

An emboldened Shinzo Abe called on Monday for debate on Japan's pacifist constitution, which he said it was his "duty" to revise after scoring a strong win in weekend elections.

Japan ruling bloc election win threatens regional stability: Xinhua

China`s official news agency said on Monday a win for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s ruling bloc in upper house elections posed a danger to regional stability, with lawmakers who favour revising the pacifist constitution holding a "super majority".

Economy, security key issues as Japan votes for upper house

Japanese are voting in a nationwide election for the upper house that may cement the Prime Minister's grip on power, as he forges ahead with policies to encourage exports and easy lending to keep a shaky economic growth going.

Japan votes in upper house election

The vote outcome is expected to become clear shortly after the polls close at 8:00 AM.

Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house poll campaign begins

Abe is casting the July 10 election for half the seats in the 242-member chamber as a referendum on his decision to delay a planned hike in an unpopular sales tax.

Japan`s Abe says N. Korea missile launch `cannot be tolerated`

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned a North Korean missile test on Wednesday, according to media, as reports emerged of a possible second test by Pyongyang.

Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Japanese regulators said today that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

62% of Japanese doubt PM Shinzo Abe's ''Abenomics''

62% of Japanese doubt PM Shinzo Abe's ''Abenomics''

At least 62 per cent of Japanese public showed their doubt about the effectiveness of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s economic policy mix dubbed "Abenomics", said the latest nationwide poll released on Monday.

Jaitley to 'take India story forward' with Japanese investors

Jaitley to 'take India story forward' with Japanese investors

Tokyo: Eyeing investments from Asia's second-biggest economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said his visit to Japan is aimed at taking India growth story forward with investors so as to make them invest in a host of sectors, including infrastructure.