Fumio Kishida

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Although Shinzo Abe stepped down as Japan’s prime minister in 2020, he remains a powerful behind-the-scenes figure in the ruling Liberal Democratic party, especially on issues of diplomacy and national security. Photograph:  Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP

A Chinese attack on Taiwan would be an emergency for Japan and for its alliance with the US, former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has warned, hin(...)

  A woman stands next to an electronic board displaying the Hang Seng Index Hong Kong. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

European shares rebounded on Monday from their worst selloff in more than a year, as investors awaited clues on whether the Omicron variant of coronav(...)

A young woman touches autumn colored leaves during a Christmas illuminations event in Tokyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Six cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, the Scottish government has announced. The Scottish government said that (...)

Japan’s prime minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Fumio Kishida: Yet to spell out how he will break from his predecessors to create a “new form of capitalism”. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri, Pool via AP

Fumio Kishida secured a bigger-than-expected victory for the Liberal Democrats in Japan’s general election despite a nationwide weariness against the (...)

A monument in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Anton Chekhov’s book Sakhalin Island, which he wrote after a trip to the then prison island in 1890. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Jaded travellers bemoaning the remoteness of Sakhalin, a rugged island in the Russian Far East that is twice the length of Ireland, should spare a tho(...)

 People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting on North Korea’s latest missile launch with file footage at a station in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, pulling Japan’s new prime minist(...)

Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida (centre) prepares  for a group photograph with his new cabinet members in Tokyo on Monday.  Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/Gamma-Rapho/Bloomberg

Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has decided to seek an early mandate from the country’s voters, using his first day in office to call an el(...)

Japan’s former foreign minister Fumio Kishida waves after winning the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Japan’s ruling party has selected a former foreign minister from its liberal wing to lead it into a general election this autumn. The Liberal Democr(...)

Sanae Takaichi, a candidate for the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Photograph: Philip Fong/Pool/EPA

By the end of the month, Japan will effectively have a new leader and, unusually, two of the four candidates are women. That has led to speculation th(...)

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at his  office in Tokyo. Photograph:  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga is to step down as after just a year in office, risking a return to the shortlived premierships that once chara(...)

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