Hundreds of people gathered in the Japanese capital to take part in a mass foam sword fight. This ‘fun for all’ game is taking the country by storm.
Campaigning for Japan's snap election has officially begun, with PM Shinzo Abe defending against an new upstart party. Topics like reviving the economy and North Korea are set to dominate the October 22 vote.
Pyongyang's recent nuclear test and missile launches over Japan have made the public nervous. With an election expected to be announced in October, they are rallying round a leader who is seen to be tough on Pyongyang.
Japanese PM Abe's approval rating has dropped to record new low amid a growing scandal surrounding suggestions that he intervened with officials at the ministry of education on behalf of a friend. Julian Ryall reports.
Since taking office, PM Shinzo Abe has made no secret of his ambition to bolster the defense sector. Japanese arms makers presented this week their state-of-the-art wares at the nation's only dedicated arms show.
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