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Analysis-With an eye on China, Japan's ruling party makes unprecedented defence spending pledge

Oct 13 2021

TOKYO An unprecedented election pledge by Japan's ruling party to double defence spending underscores the nation's haste to acquire missiles, stealth fighters, drones and other weapons to deter China's military in the disputed East China Sea.

Japan's ruling party unveils manifesto with focus on coronavirus, defence

Oct 12 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) unveiled on Tuesday its manifesto for an Oct. 31 election with a focus on ending the coronavirus pandemic, promises to rebuild the middle class and defend against an increasingly assertive China.

In triumph for Japan's establishment, Kishida becomes ruling-party head

Sep 29 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) anointed former foreign minister Fumio Kishida as its new leader on Wednesday, a victory for the party elite that virtually ensures the soft-spoken consensus-builder will become prime minister within days. | Video

UPDATE 8-Soft-spoken consensus builder Kishida to become Japan's next PM after party vote

Sep 29 2021

* Seen maintaining Japan's security and foreign policy posture (Updates when Kishiha may become PM, election date speculation)

Japan protests S.Korean court ordering sale of Mitsubishi Heavy assets

Sep 28 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan has protested a South Korean court order that assets seized from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries be sold off to pay compensation to two women subjected to forced labour for the company during Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula.

Japan PM contenders welcome Taiwan's trade pact bid but divided on Yasukuni shrine

Sep 24 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Candidates to become Japan's next prime minister all said on Friday they supported Taiwan's application to join a trans-Pacific trade pact, echoing Japanese officials' remarks saying Taiwan shared values like democracy.

Japan PM candidates deny toning down views on hot-button issues to attract votes

Sep 18 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -Two of the candidates vying to become Japan's next prime minister denied on Saturday they had toned down their positions on nuclear energy and gender issues to attract conservative backing in a tight ruling party leadership election this month.

Paralympics-Organisers say situation 'very difficult' as hospitals stretched by COVID cases

Aug 20 2021

TOKYO The Tokyo Paralympics will be held under "very difficult" circumstances, organisers said on Friday, with hospitals in the host city overstretched as Japan battles its worse wave of COVID-19 infections, driven by the Delta variant. | Video

Afghan turmoil shattering dream of trapped athletes is "heartbreaking" - IPC chief

Aug 18 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) -The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president said on Wednesday that it was sad that Afghan athletes trapped in Kabul would not be able to compete in the Games and heartbreaking to watch a female athlete's video plea for help in reaching Tokyo. | Video

Paralympics-Afghan turmoil shattering dream of trapped athletes is "heartbreaking" - IPC chief

Aug 18 2021

TOKYO, Aug 18 The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president said on Wednesday that it was sad that Afghan athletes trapped in Kabul would not be able to compete in the Games and heartbreaking to watch a female athlete's video plea for help in reaching Tokyo.

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