apanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center, and other lawmakers give three cheers after dissolving the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers, during an extraordinary Diet session at the lower house of parliament Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Tokyo. Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for Oct. 31 national elections.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan PM dissolves lower house for Oct. 31 national election

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for elections on Oct. 31 that will be Japan’s first of the pandemic. At…

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Fumio Kishida, center, is applauded after being elected as Japan’s prime minister at the parliament’s lower house Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. Kishida was formally elected Monday as Japan’s new prime minister in a parliamentary vote, replacing Yoshihide Suga. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan’s Parliament elects former diplomat Kishida as new PM

TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida was elected Japan’s prime minister in a parliamentary vote Monday and will be tasked with quickly tackling the pandemic and other domestic and global challenges…

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Commuters wearing face masks walk in a passageway during a rush hour at Shinagawa Station Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency in all of the regions on Oct.1. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

TOKYO (AP) — Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus…

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This photo taken on September 14, 2020 then newly elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait at his office following a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo.(Photo by Nicolas Datiche / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Suga’s short legacy in Asean

The news that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is to step down later this month and will not stand for re-election has not stirred up any reaction within ASEAN. The…

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Half of Japanese think Olympics will go ahead whether they want or not: poll

Half of the Japanese public think the Olympics will take place this summer whether they want it to or not, a survey by Yomiuri daily newspaper showed on Monday, less…

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The Olympic rings are lit at the waterfront of Odaiba in Tokyo. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan declares virus emergency three months before Olympics

Japan announced a new virus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other regions on Friday, as the country battles surging infections just three months before the Olympic opening ceremony. The…

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is seen from Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Japan’s government said Tuesday it has decided to start releasing massive amounts of radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in two years after treatment. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water to sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Radioactive water accumulating in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will be released into the sea in two years after it is treated, Japan’s government said…

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Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga acknowledges as he is elected as new head of Japan’s ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership election Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Tokyo. The ruling LDP chooses its new leader in an internal vote to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his intention to resign last month due to illness. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister

Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country’s next prime minister. Suga received 377 votes in…

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