In June, Japan’s parliament passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate and the government needs to hammer out the details including the timing.
The October 22 election pits Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition against the less than one-month-old Party of Hope headed by popular Yuriko Koike.
This is the second court ruling that fixed the government’s responsibility after a Maebashi district court decision in March.
Koike’s Party of Hope is challenging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition in an October 22 election.
The lower house was dissolved in protest at Prime Minister Abe calling the election and creating a potential political vacuum at a time when tensions are high with North Korea.
Abe’s image as a strong leader has bolstered his ratings amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arms and missile programmes.
Just 528 people survive from among the 3,000 certified victims of Minamata disease, environment ministry data shows.
From ruling out competitive bidding to fighting against low-cost airlines, there are many economic factors that will determine the success of the project.
Abe’s ratings had sunk below 30% in some surveys in July, battered by suspected cronyism scandals and a perception that he had grown arrogant.
Over 50 years, the loan repayment value will be much higher based on the inflation differential, which is bound to persist between Japan and India.
The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The statement dropped an explicit reference to the South China Sea, even as both sides made an indirect criticism of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Major US allies in Asia welcomed the decision to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned.
Faced with the reality that North Korea could soon be able to strike American soil, how willing will the US be to come to Japan’s aid while its own security is at risk.
In the last year, the Centre has moved to swiftly clamp down on Chinese steel imports to help NPA-laden Indian firms. However, China’s own capacity cutbacks have rendered this move meaningless.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member UN Security Council to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday – in violation of UN resolutions – which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile.
Japan wants to have a land-based version of the Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) system operational by 2023 as a new layer of defence to help counter North Korea’s missile advances.
Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe today agreed that North Korea “poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as to countries around the world”.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the midnight launch of the missile on Friday night and said it was a “stern warning” for the US.
The downpour has been caused by a low pressure over the Pacific that has sent warm, moist air into Japan’s seasonal rainy front.
Parts of Fukuoka, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, were hit by 593 mm of rain in 48 hours, well over the rainfall of a usual July.
Some 7,500 rescuers, including police, firefighters and soldiers from Japan’s Self Defence Forces, were mobilised to help with evacuations and search for the missing.
Japan voters cast ballots on Sunday in election that could spell trouble for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, suffering from a scandal over suspected favouritism.
The sailors went missing after the US Navy Destroyer was wrecked in a collison with a Philippines-flagged merchant vessel south of Tokyo Bay on Saturday.
The law, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claims, has been made to clamp down on organised crime. But the mandate is said to affect even those with no relation to these crimes by restricting freedoms and invading privacy.
The unusually busy waterway saw the collision in the early morning hours, since when two US vessels have been deployed to help at the scene.
With three years left for the Tokyo Olympics, the government plans on ramping up security, but is receiving backlash for clamping down on privacy rights.
Shares of the company rose to hit a 17-year high after the deal with Google’s parent company to buy Boston Dynamics and Tokyo-based Schaft was announced.
The abdication, the first since 1817, appears to have support among the general population, who view it as a sign of changing times.
Pyongyang has carried out repeated missile tests in the past year, prompting an array of countries to demand tougher economic sanctions to push the isolated country towards dismantling its weapons programmes.
Shinzo Abe may have kickstarted the debate on constitutional change with high hopes for success. But the outcome in 2020 is anything but certain.
The US called this launch a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.
Shotaro Yachi, Abe’s top security adviser, also had a call with U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Abe also told reporters.
The missile flew further and higher than an intermediate-range missile North Korea successfully tested in February from the same region.
Japan’s struggle to resettle Inner Mongolian nomads left a profound legacy on northern China’s rangelands, writes Sakura Christmas.
Masahiro Imamura was forced to quit after he said that it was better the massive 9.0 earthquake that killed nearly 20,000 people happened in the northeast.
The six-party talks involving North and South Korea, China, the US, Japan and Russia collapsed in 2008 following a rocket launch by North Korea.
Trump ordered the carrier to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests.
Shinzo Abe only sends offerings to the shrine a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, in a bid to improve strained relations with China and South Korea.