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(...)

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 (...)

On paper, Japan has one of the best paternity leave policies in the world. In practice, very few men – less than one in 16 – take advantage of their l(...)