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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(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe  visits the devastated city of Astuma. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP

The death toll has hit 39 from a powerful earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week. One person remained missing in t(...)

Soldiers and rescue workers search through mud covering a building destroyed by a landslide in Atsuma near Sapporo, Japan. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Rescue workers with dogs searched for survivors on Friday in debris-strewn landslides caused by an earthquake in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, (...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk after signing the trade deal. Photograph: Martin Bureau/Pool via Reuters

Japan and the European Union have officially agreed one of history’s largest trade deals, in what will be seen as a calculated snub of Donald Trump’s (...)

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a television newsman of raping her in 2015, seen here in January of this year, in Tokyo. Photograph:  Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

One balmy evening three years ago, Shiori Ito went for a sushi dinner with a man she thought might help her budding career as a journalist. Hours late(...)

Rescue workers look for missing people in a house damaged by heavy rain in Kumano town, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Hanoi, Vietnam, on July 8th, 2018: said he had pushed North Korea on a promise to destroy a missile engine test site and wanted it “soon”. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean accusations of “gangster-like” diplomacy during negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has  brushed off North Korean accusations of ‘gangster-like’ diplomacy during negotiations in Pyongyang. Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean accusations of “gangster-like” diplomacy during negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday(...)

 A South Korean man reads a newspaper reporting the US president Donald Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea.  Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korea has reacted with a mix of optimism and confusion to the historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, aft(...)

Donald Trump  and Kim Jong-un sign an agreement as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo  and the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong look on. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un left Singapore after their first meeting clearly pleased with the way the summit had been received in their respective co(...)

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