PM Yoshihide Suga says he won't run for ruling party leadership contest, setting stage for his replacement after just one year in office.
Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
At least four people are confirmed dead and dozens are still believed to be buried under the mud and wreckage of Atami, the Japanese town hit by a landslide two days ago.
US President Joe Biden stresses importance of free Indo-Pacific region as concerns mount about China's assertion of power around the region.
Japan marks 10 year anniversary of the powerful earthquake, deadly tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima that traumatised the nation and killed nearly 20,000 people.
Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian and one of two women in the cabinet, will head the Tokyo 2020 organising committee after the last chief had to step down over an uproar on his claims that women “talk too much”.
The number of people taking their own lives in Japan rose for the first time in over a decade last year as the pandemic reversed years of progress in combatting a stubbornly high suicide rate.
Under the state of emergency, the government has issued non-binding requests for people to avoid crowds and eating out in groups, and for restaurants and bars to close by 8 pm.
Yoshihide Suga faces heightened scrutiny after a cabinet minister said the Tokyo Olympics Games must not go ahead as planned and a media poll showed 80 percent of Japanese believe it’s too dangerous to host the event.
The world's biggest multi-sports event, postponed last year due to the pandemic, is scheduled to be held from July 23-August 8 in the Japanese capital.
The Games were originally scheduled for this summer, but were put off for a year in March by the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government due to Covid-19 fears.
Japanese ruling party president Yoshihide Suga wins a parliamentary vote to replace outgoing leader Shinzo Abe, the country's longest-serving Prime Minister, who resigned due to health reasons.
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