Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he had unintentionally misrepresented the facts around a political finance scandal after prosecutors announced they would seek to punish a former aide to Shinzo Abe.
India’s border dispute with China has accelerated its relations with the United States. Others worry that warming ties ignore India’s persecution of Muslims.
Mr. Suga’s years as a shadow power in Japanese politics have made him a bit of a cipher. But his decisive victory in a party election demonstrated his formidable political skills.
The governing party, in an emergency vote restricted to insiders, overwhelmingly backed the leading symbol of continuity from Mr. Abe’s long premiership.
Female workers remain largely shut out of management jobs, and many take part-time work because of overwhelming family responsibilities, despite policies that Mr. Abe said would elevate their standing in society.
Can Japan’s next leader build on his predecessor’s legacy?
The departing prime minister’s policies helped shake Japan out of decades of stagnation. But long-term restructuring efforts are needed to keep its economy charging forward.
Maybe he can’t face the Japanese people’s calls for accountability.
The coronavirus, a tanking economy, an aggressive China, a postponed Olympics, a U.S. election: That’s just the start. And any successor will confront those challenges without the stature of Shinzo Abe.
Whoever the Liberal Democratic Party elects as its leader, probably within the next week, will almost certainly become Japan’s next prime minister. It isn’t clear who that will be.
The illness that has afflicted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that can unexpectedly flare up.
Back-room deals and horse trading are likely to determine who will become the next leader of Japan’s governing party and the country’s prime minister.
Mr. Abe, who announced his resignation on Friday, sought to revive Japan’s economy and alter its pacifist Constitution.
Mr. Abe has been prime minister for nearly eight consecutive years, a significant feat in a country accustomed to high turnover in the top job.
While acquiring weapons to counter countries like North Korea and China would be unremarkable for most world powers, in Japan it is reviving a politically sensitive debate.
A pandemic policy that bars re-entry for many permanent and long-term residents has upended many lives and undercut Tokyo’s efforts to woo global capital and talent.
Tokyo has not confronted Beijing as the United States and other allies have, mindful of its neighbor’s economic might and its own limited military options.
The Marines reported 94 new cases on Okinawa, an island that had seen just 148 other infections. Local officials say the military is not doing enough.
Record-breaking rains this week in the country’s southernmost main island, which have killed 62, have shown the vulnerability of people living in nursing homes.
Yuriko Koike has received high marks for her visible presence during the pandemic, but the coronavirus’s resurgence has raised anxiety in the Japanese capital.
In America, masks have become a weapon in the culture wars. In Japan, wearing one is no big deal, and deaths have stayed low.
The country has reported fewer deaths than other major nations and ended a state of emergency even while maintaining a low testing rate.
Placing faith in a leader with little control over a virus may seem irrational, but it fills a very human need.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is urging the world to fight the epidemic using a Japanese-made medication, though there is little evidence that it works.
Some medical experts said the move amounted to a tacit admission that the approach the country had adopted for months was no longer working.
The country has not widely tested. Its people are going about their lives, even crowding into clubs that had previous outbreaks. But now Japan is warning of the risk of rampant infection.
The United States added its voice to growing calls for the Tokyo Games to be rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.