Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's failure to express a clear "heartfelt apology" for his country's actions during World War II reflects a missed opportunity to ease tensions that have haunted the region for decades, experts say.
As part of its campaign to stem China's "aggressive and assertive" territorial expansion in the region, Japan recently announced billions of dollars in assistance to five countries in Southeast Asia.
A former bureaucrat and media commentator has accused PM Abe's administration of using threats and incentives to ensure the Japanese public does not get the whole picture. And he fears a dictatorship is a possibility.
The Japanese government has sought to allay public fears after more than one million names and pension numbers were leaked by cyberattackers. A similar scandal almost led to PM Abe's downfall in 2007.