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Paper lanterns float in the Motoyasu River as part of peace ceremonies  in Hiroshima on the  anniversary of the atomic bombing. Photograph:  Kazuhiro NogikaZuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Does Russia’s invasion of Ukraine mean that more countries should possess nuclear weapons? Some politicians have reached that grim conclusion, though (...)

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin bumps fists with South Korean defence minister Suh Wook after a news conference  in Seoul on Thursday. Photograph:   Kim Hong-Ji/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin has said China’s development and test of a hypersonic weapon had increased tensions in the Indo-Pacific region and u(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

‘Even the name of Biden’s plan, Build Back Better, assumes that people look back at the recent past with a cringe or a shiver.’ Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

That history is “one damn thing after another” is such a good line, it’s almost a shame it isn’t true. For the most part, history is the sum of all th(...)

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(...)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka lights the Olympics Flame during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Japan. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

In May of last year the newspaper USA Today ran a story headlined “Fact Check: Opening ceremony of London 2012 didn’t predict pandemic.” It was a yea(...)

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