Approval ratings for Fumio Kishida's government fell 13 percentage points in three weeks as the public scrutinises its handling of the economy and the Unification Church's ties with politicians, a recent poll shows.
China's latest official document on Taiwan vows zero tolerance for "separatist activities" and reaffirmed that it would take the self-ruled island by force if necessary.
The US is wooing Asian tech economies to join a mega semiconductor supply chain, which excludes China.
Around 140,000 people were killed when Hiroshima was bombed by the US on August 6, 1945 –– a toll that includes those who perished after the blast from radiation exposure.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds talks with Japanese officials during the last leg of her controversial tour to Asia that has drawn Beijing's fury and led to outsized military exercises around Taiwan.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan in an upcoming Asia-Pacific region tour amid heightened tensions between the US and China over Taiwan.
Japanese scientists have designed a conic artificial gravity habitat, taking humanity another step closer to space colonisation.
Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said Tomohiro Kato had undertaken "meticulous preparation" for the attack that killed seven people and displayed a "strong intent to kill".
The eruption alert level was raised to the highest level of five and about 120 residents in two towns facing the volcano were advised to leave their homes.
Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect, who opened fire with a handmade gun at former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on July 8.
The ceremony will be only the second state funeral for a former prime minister in post-war Japan, after that of Shigeru Yoshida, who led the country following World War II.
Japan's annual defence document assesses global security risks and specific threats to the Asian country as it weighs increasing military spending.
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