Tomomi Inada

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Protesters stage an anti-Abe demonstration near the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

For over a year, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has battled to draw a line under accusations of cronyism linking him and his wife to an ultra-nati(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Most polls puts his popularity at its lowest since he became prime minister. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Never the healthiest man, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has lately looked worn out. Pundits note his crumpled, doughy features and wonder if the (...)

 Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the region wanted to see China take a responsible leadership role or risk becoming isolated. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Grappling with the North Korean nuclear crisis and second-guessing Washington’s plans for the Asia-Pacific are liable to dominate the region’s premier(...)

 A South Korean man watches a television  report on North Korea’s  ballistic missile launch on Sunday, its first military provocation since South Korean president Moon Jae-in took office on May 10th. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

North Korea has tested a ballistic missile in defiance of calls to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, days after the inauguration of a new leader (...)

A visitor walks by the TV screen showing a report about North Korea’s missile firing in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Lee Jin-man/AP

North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan in what appears to be a sign of outrage at the ongoing joint military drills bei(...)

Jim Mattis: Donald Trump’s US defence secretary met with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (second right) and defence minister Tomomi Inada (right) in Tokyo on Friday. Mattis will meet directly with Tomomi on Saturday. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/Reuters

Among the rhetorical grenades lobbed by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign was his threat to Japan and South Korea: pay America more for th(...)

Former model Renho Murata was this week elected the first female head of Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Japan’s career ceiling for women is made of steel, not glass, Yuriko Koike, the new governor of Tokyo, famously said. Koike was paraphrasing Hillary (...)

Renho Murata (centre, in white), president-elect of the Democratic Party of Japan, with colleagues following the party’s leadership election in Tokyo on Thursday. Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s dominance over Japanese politics is under threat for the first time since 2012 after the main opposition party elected a c(...)

North Korea’s test firing last week of two ballistic missiles, and the appointment by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of a new hawkish foreign minis(...)

Japan’s new defence minister Tomomi Inada has long been associated with the hard right of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party  and supports a larger military role for Japan. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Week by week, China solidifies its hold over the South China Sea, resisting all attempts to rein it in. It ignored a damning ruling last month by an (...)

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