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Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

Oct. 14, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections that will be the country's first of the pandemic. At stake in the Oct. 31 polls will be how Japan faces a potential coronavirus...

Japan new PM to seek fresh mandate to handle virus, economy

Oct. 04, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he will dissolve the lower house next week in preparation for Oct. 31 elections as he seeks a fresh mandate to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the sagging economy and security threats from China and North Korea. ...

2 women in Japan party leadership race get mixed reactions

Sep. 30, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The inclusion of two women in Japan's leadership race — the first time in 13 years there hasn't only been men — surprised many, prompting some hope of progress for a ruling party long seen as sexist and out of touch. But their sound defeat? That was no...

Japan's next leader sets sights on wage hikes to fuel growth

Sep. 30, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Fumio Kishida, the man soon to become Japan’s prime minister, says he believes raising incomes is the only way to get the world’s third-largest economy growing again. Kishida says he wants to promote a “new capitalism” that would be more...

Ex-diplomat Kishida wins Japan party vote, to become new PM

Sep. 29, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida won the governing party's leadership election on Wednesday and is set to become the next prime minister, facing the tasks of reviving a pandemic-hit economy and ensuring a strong alliance with Washington to counter growing regional...

Japan's next PM must work quickly on virus, economy, China

Sep. 28, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The stakes are high as Japanese governing party members vote Wednesday for four candidates seeking to replace Yoshihide Suga as prime minister. The next leader must address a pandemic-battered economy, a newly empowered military operating in a dangerous neighborhood, crucial...

2 women, political opposites, vying in race for Japan PM

Sep. 26, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The inclusion of two women among the four candidates vying to become the next prime minister seems like a big step forward for Japan's notoriously sexist politics. But their fate is in the hands of a conservative, mostly male governing party — and the leading female candidate...

Japan's leader says Olympics were 'symbol of global unity'

Sep. 24, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At a U.N. General Assembly meeting packed with global gloom, Japan's outgoing leader highlighted what he cast as a moment of inspiration: the Tokyo Olympics, controversially held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “While humanity has been...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Sep. 22, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 20 The Philadelphia Inquirer on protecting abortion rights in Pennsylvania: In one legislative session after another, Pennsylvania Republicans have tried to...