Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
Japan's education ministry claims reports that it was ordering universities to scrap subjects such as philosophy and political science are a "misunderstanding." But 26 schools are still doing away with the courses.
Following the first trilateral meet between their leaders in over three years, the three sides indicate that historical and sovereignty issues will be on the backburner for a while for the sake of common economic good.
Japan's cutting-edge car and pharmaceutical industries are delighted at a 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement on trade and tariffs signed on October 5. But the agricultural sector fears the pact will be their death knell.
Japan may halt funding for UNESCO over the organization's decision to include documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in the latest listing for its "Memory of the World" program. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.