Seven-year-old Yamato was found at a military base close to the spot where he went missing six days ago. His parents are now the target of criticism.
The difficulties facing women seeking to break into Japan's male-dominated political world have been underlined by two recent incidents that critics say demonstrate Abe's ambivalence towards women's empowerment.
An earthquake has paralyzed Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, killing eight residents. Power is cut to 3 million households. Trains and mobile phone networks are idle. The jolt follows a typhoon over western Japan.
A dispute over islands in the Kuril archipelago has strained Japanese-Russian ties since the World War II. Japanese PM Abe and Russian President Putin have held numerous meetings over the past few years to resolve it.
The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling addiction and strengthen underworld gangs. Julian Ryall reports.
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