Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
Japan's prime minister changes tactic to focus on joint economic development of the contested territories instead of the remote possibility of the return of islands seized by Soviet forces in 1945. Julian Ryall reports.
Abe's Pearl Harbor speech has been well received in Japan, where most people expressed the opinion that it struck the right balance of regret that the Pacific war occurred, but offered no apologies. Julian Ryall reports.
Japan and Russia, for a long time, have been looking for a way to save face, while ending a decades-long territorial dispute over the Kuril Islands in the Northern Pacific.
NGOs and volunteers say increasing numbers of young Japanese are existing below the poverty line and that the government should be doing more to tackle a problem with major implications for society. Julian Ryall reports.
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