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Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga: Not in any immediate danger of losing his job, according to analysts. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshihide Suga has suffered a setback in his first electoral test as Japan’s prime minister after opposition parties won a string of victories in byel(...)

Lee Yong-soo, who was forced to serve as a sex slave for Japanese troops during the second World War, speaks to the media after Seoul Central District Court dismissed the ‘comfort women’ case against Japan over wartime sex slavery. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty

A South Korean court has dismissed a lawsuit against Japan to compensate women forced to work in its second World War-era brothels. The ruling repres(...)

 Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates during the Green Jacket  ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Getty Images

Hideki Matsuyama has recorded one of Japan’s greatest international sporting successes after winning the US Masters golf , months before Tokyo is sche(...)

 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation as he takes responsibility for his sexist comments, at a meeting with council and executive board members at the committee headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: EPA

Every so often Japan reminds the world that it is a crazy, beautiful, lucky-dip of contradictions. On the face of things, the resignation of an elder(...)

Members of the public walk through a deserted Edinburgh City Centre on January 4th, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

More than 85.23 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,847,660 have died, according to a Reuters tal(...)

The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics remain under threat. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty/AFP

When Japanese and International Olympic Committee officials finally accepted defeat in March and postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, there was general (...)

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga ‘hasn’t sent a clear message to the public’. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga is suffering a slide in opinion polls after refusing to cancel a domestic tourism campaign and breaking Covi(...)

 IOC president Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of  the  2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre  in China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The Olympics have hit a reckoning point. With the Tokyo 2020 Games temporarily torpedoed by coronavirus amid a surging clamour among Olympic athletes (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

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(...)

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