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Japan PM says he may act as foreign minister until new cabinet is formed

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday he may take on the role of foreign minister until a new cabinet is formed this month, as the incumbent foreign minister took over a key ruling pa...

Japan's foreign minister Motegi to take key ruling party post

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has tapped Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi for the No. 2 post in the ruling party, a powerful role that includes shaping policy and financing election campaign...

EXPLAINER: What election outcome means for new Japan PM

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's weeks-old government cleared its first major test in weekend national elections as his governing party secured just enough seats to maintain a free...

Japan PM Kishida boosted by surprisingly comfortable election win

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday prepared to tackle major policy decisions, including trying to pass an extra budget, after leading his ruling party to an unexpectedly strong election w...

Japan's Kishida wins mandate, though economic agenda unclear

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan should revitalize its economy through “new capitalism." Many in this avidly capitalist country are puzzled over exactly what he has in mind. ...

Japan's Kishida defies expectations as ruling LDP easily keeps majority

TOKYO, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling LDP defied expectations and held its strong majority in Sunday's parliamentary election, solidifying his position in a f...

Japan PM Kishida's coalition keeps majority with fewer seats

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s governing coalition kept a majority in a parliamentary election Sunday but was expected to lose some seats in a setback for his weeks-old governmen...

Japan votes in test for new PM Kishida, political stability

Japanese voters went to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to endorse the conservative government of Fumio Kishida or weaken the new prime minister and possibly return the world's third-largest...

Japan votes in national election as PM Kishida seeks public mandate

Voters in Japan headed to the polls on Sunday to elect a new lower house of the national parliament where Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeks to maintain his party's majority. The election is a te...

S Koreans send off former President Roh in small funeral

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of relatives and dignitaries gathered in South Korea’s capital on Saturday to pay their final respects to former President Roh Tae-woo, a key participant in a 1979 mil...

In Japan's Okinawa, ruling party's tough China stance helps win young voters

OKINAWA, Japan, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Aiko Shimajiri fist-bumps supporters as she walks into a rally at a bullring in Okinawa's gritty Uruma city, the former minister in Japan's ruling party reli...

Japan: Economy and security top concerns ahead of election 

Japan goes to the polls for parliamentary elections on Sunday, just weeks after Fumio Kishida became prime minister and with significant challenges at home and abroad in the forefront of the electorat...

Tokyo governor hospitalized for fatigue _ 2nd time this year

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s governor has been hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. ...

Japan's ruling party has setback in preview of Sunday's vote

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's governing party split two parliamentary seats in weekend byelections seen as a major test of its support ahead of a national vote next Sunday. Both seats are in ...

Japan's PM interrupts campaign as N Korea test-fires missile

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister interrupted his first day of election campaigning and returned to Tokyo on Tuesday to deal with rising regional tensions following North Korea's test-firing of ...