Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
Gender stereotyping, lack of financial and party support, an unfavorable electoral system and discrimination in the male-dominated society are blamed for the lack of women in Japanese politics. Julian Ryall reports.
President Obama has laid a wreath at a memorial in Hiroshima, paying tribute to the victims of the world's first nuclear attack. He has also called for fewer nuclear weapons, but did not apologize for the bombing.
Despite dire warnings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says he still plans to increase the consumption tax in April 2017. Nonetheless, he has given himself some wiggle room if he needs it. Julian Ryall reports.
More than 70 years after the end of World War II, the government announces plans to locate and repatriate 1.13 million Japanese who died on battlefields across the Asia-Pacific region. Julian Ryall reports.
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