The search for 26 missing residents continues as Hokkaido struggles to restore power and transport lines after a 6.7-magnitude quake on Thursday.
Japan is planning to bolster its systems for monitoring air activity by North Korea, which has performed ballistic missile tests over Japan in the past.
Beijing’s aggressive approach could see it grab most of the benefit of reforms.
With the Rakhine crisis strengthening China's hand and limiting Western influence here, the government must plot a new strategic course.
US President says “Japan has been winning” on trade and that he will push for more reciprocal trade with Washington’s close US ally - in a friendly way.
Ruling bloc maintains its two-thirds majority in Japan’s snap election.
He will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.
The sister of a video journalist shot dead while covering the Saffron Revolution in 2007 demands the govt take action.