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(...)

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(...)

Former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba is among the front-runners to replace Shinzo Abe as Japanese prime minister. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

Japan is likely to have a new prime minister within weeks after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party set a rapid timetable for replacing the departing (...)

Shinzo Abe, right, with former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba after the ruling party presidential elections at its headquarters in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph: Koji Sasahara/AP

Prime minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to ce(...)

The test by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a hydrogen bomb, the country’s sixth nuclear test, has raised tensions in Japan. Photograph: AFP

A former Japanese defence minister has urged the country to rethink its prohibition on nuclear weapons in response to threats from North Korea. Shige(...)