A member of a group of right-wing activists holds a Japanese national flag as they visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo today, the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering and cabinet ministers visited a controversial shrine for war dead today - the anniversary of(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party speaks to voters atop a van while campaigning for the election. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive victory in an upper house election today, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for(...)

The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, having  a meeting with British prime minister David Cameron at  the G8  summit in the North. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government last week again raised its forecasts for the Japanese economy, for a second straight month. A pick-up in export(...)