Industry minister and pro-nuclear advocate Yuko Obuchi and Justice minister Midori Matsushima were both appointed last month but stepped down today amid allegations of impropriety. They were part of Abe's effort to raise the profile of professional women.
For the first time, a foreign actress will play a leading role in the popular morning TV spot for Japanese public broadcaster NHK. The show is based on a historic Scottish-Japanese couple, and promotes cross-cultural couples living in Japan today.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for more women in the workforce, and wants to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in November. The first cabinet reshuffle since his election comes as his popularity dips.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Japan Saturday for a five-day state visit focused on trade and defense ties. India and Japan have mutual concerns about China's rise – but China is also both countries' largest trade partner.
Concrete walls could ultimately stretch 140 miles along Japan's tsunami-damaged northeast coast. The project's breathtaking scale and cost – as well as doubts about its effectiveness – are drawing ire.
Japan could become the world's third-largest gambling market if lawmakers pass a bill legalizing casinos. A drive to boost tourism – especially before the 2020 Olympics – is behind the move, but opponents worry about addiction and social ills.
Prime Minister Abe’s wife, Akie, has become an unusually public first lady – one who is unafraid to share views on everything from LGBT issues to the sales tax that often differ from those of her husband.
Obama said the US would defend Japan in any conflict with China over the Senkaku islands. His trip has targeted better relations with Prime Minister Abe, whose comments about Japan's World War II history have caused strains.
President Park and Prime Minister Abe met in The Hague with President Obama, who seeks a unified front in dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Sensitive historical issues were sidestepped.