October 26, 2021
October 26, 2021

Japanese Princess Mako marries commoner, sheds royal title

Japan's Princess Mako, the eldest niece of Emperor Naruhito, married her university sweetheart on Tuesday morning (Oct 26) in a stripped-down, low-key administrative affair.

October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021

Japan dissolves parliament for new general elections end of month

Japan dissolved its parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposition in a battle over who can better fix the pandemic-battered economy.

October 7, 2021
October 7, 2021

Strong earthquake jolts Tokyo, preliminary magnitude at 6.1

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas late on Thursday, stopping train lines and causing sporadic power cuts, but there were no reports of major damage, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said.

October 4, 2021
October 4, 2021

Fumio Kishida Japan’s new PM

Japan's new Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, exchanged fist bumps with lawmakers after he was formally elected by parliament on Monday, as public broadcaster NHK said he was set to dissolve the body next week and call an election on Oct. 31.

October 3, 2021
October 3, 2021

Japan gov't to compile big extra budget after polls, says LDP heavyweight

Japan will compile a considerably large supplementary budget immediately after the upcoming general election to ease pandemic pain and back long-term growth in areas such as green, digital and infrastructure, a ruling party heavyweight said on Sunday.

September 29, 2021
September 29, 2021

‘Consensus builder' Fumio Kishida set to become Japan’s new PM

Japan’s former foreign minister Fumio Kishida is set to be sworn in as Mr Yoshihide Suga’s successor as Prime Minister, after he won the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s internal election on Wednesday (Sept 29).

September 28, 2021
September 28, 2021

Japan to end Covid state of emergency on Sept 30

Japan will lift a coronavirus state of emergency in all regions on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months, as the number of new cases and deaths falls and the strain on the medical system eases, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.

September 10, 2021
September 10, 2021

Japan's popular vaccine minister Kono enters race for next leader

Japan's popular coronavirus vaccination minister, Taro Kono, announced his candidacy on Friday to lead the ruling party and, by extension, become the next prime minister, highlighting his image as an outspoken reformer with a conservative streak.

September 5, 2021
September 5, 2021

Japan's Takaichi gets enough support to join race to succeed PM Suga

Japanese former cabinet minister Sanae Takaichi has secured enough support in the ruling party to join the race to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, public broadcaster NHK reported.

September 3, 2021
September 3, 2021

Japan's struggling PM Suga steps down, sets stage for new leader

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday he would step down, setting the stage for a new premier after a one-year tenure marred by an unpopular COVID-19 response and rapidly dwindling public support.