Pedestrians walk past a screen showing a news report on Yoshihide Suga on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Yoshihide Suga is poised to become Japan’s prime minister after he was comfortably elected to lead the ruling party following the resignation of Shinz(...)

 Yoshihide Suga:  “Japan is facing a crisis unlike anything we have ever experienced,” he said after he announced his candidacy. Photograph:  Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshihide Suga (71), who is expected to become Japan’s leader next week, earned his political spurs as prime minister’s Shinzo Abe’s loyal enforcer du(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe arrives at his office in Tokyo on Monday. Abe announced on Saturday that he will resign, ending his record-breaking tenure in a bombshell development that kicks off a leadership race in the world’s third-largest economy. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/ AFP via Getty Images

When Shinzo Abe retook office as prime minister in 2012, Japan’s economy was in the doldrums after decades of stagnation and the twin crises of the 20(...)

Police block protesters during a rally in St Petersburg on August 1st in support of  the deposed  Khabarovsk  governor Sergei Furgal. Photograph: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Vladimir Putin had been reassured that the regional election in September 2018 would be nothing to worry about. Putin’s man would retain the governors(...)

People march in the eastern Russian city of Khaborovsk at the weekend in protest against the Kremlin’s dismissal of regional governor Sergei Furgal. Photograph:  Igor Volkov/AP

If Russian president Vladimir Putin was hoping for a political honeymoon after successfully rewriting the country’s constitution to potentially give h(...)

Lesbian activists Hiroko Masuhara (front left) and her partner Koyuki Higashi (front right) hold a banner reading, ‘congrats on the same sex partnership statute’ as transgender activist Fumino Sugiyama and gay activist Gon Matsunaka (right) hold another banner behind them after Tokyo’s Shibuya ward recognised same-sex partnerships outside the Shibuya city hall in Tokyo in this photo taken on March 31st, 2015. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Tokyo’s most popular cruising spot for gay men is a seven-storey building tucked off a back street near the Shinjuku business and shopping area. On F(...)

Protesters stage an anti-Abe demonstration near the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

For over a year, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has battled to draw a line under accusations of cronyism linking him and his wife to an ultra-nati(...)

When Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe decided to gamble on a snap election, it was less a declaration of self-confidence than a defensive move from (...)

A pamphlet featuring Shinzo Abe at  a campaign rally in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Sunday, October 15th: Mr Abe looks set to retain his coalition’s dominant position in parliament. Photograph: Eiji Ohashi/Bloomberg

A few months ago, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was on the political ropes, fighting accusations of cronyism and corruption. Now, the Liberal Dem(...)

 Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced he will dissolve the lower house of parliament and call a snap election for next month. Mr Abe said(...)

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