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Fumio Kishida set to be next prime minister of Japan

Kishida’s victory caps an unpredictable Liberal Democratic Party election, in which two of the four candidates were female and most of the party’s largest factions allowed their members a free vote.

Fumio Kishida showed a harder edge in his campaign for the leadership, having expressed the need to deal “firmly” with the stability of the Taiwan Strait. (Bloomberg / File Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2021 11:48 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Who will be Japan's next prime minister?

Taro Kono may be the favourite with members of the Liberal Democratic Party, but factional politics mean that Fumio Kishida is likely to emerge as Japan's new prime minister, say experts.

'At this stage, I would be very surprised if Fumio Kishida does not win,' said Koichi Nakano, a professor of politics at Tokyo's Sophia University (Kim Kyung-Hoon / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 11:19 AM IST
ByDeutsche Welle

Japan's ruling party to pick new leader who is set to become next prime minister

The race to become the next leader of the world's third-largest economy is unusually tight this time around, in part because most of the party's powerful factions are not backing a candidate and their members will vote freely.

Japan: Candidates for the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party pose prior to a joint news conference at the party's headquarters in Tokyo. (File Photo / AP)
Published on Sep 29, 2021 08:13 AM IST

Japan to lift all coronavirus state of emergency at September end

Japan’s current state of emergency, declared in April, was repeatedly extended and expanded.

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters about lifting of a state of emergency at his official residence.(AP)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 02:26 PM IST

PM Modi's departure statement ahead of US visit 2021: Full text

PM Narendra Modi's US Visit 2021: PM Modi will be reviewing the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchanging views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, a statement from the PMO detailed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Joe Biden during his US visit (PTI)(File Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2021 11:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pak ISI and Chinese proximity to Taliban, queer Quad pitch for Kabul recognition

The role played by Pak and UK in cutting out a deal with the Taliban has been noted by India, which is concerned about the group’s projection as a beacon for Sunni Islamic jihadis.

The Quad summit is expected to take place in Washington on September 24. The Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga has the option of joining the summit virtually as he demits office on September 29.
Published on Sep 07, 2021 01:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Who will succeed Yoshihide Suga as PM of Japan? Here's what surveys found

Taro Kono, who is in-charge of Japan's Covid-19 vaccination drive, emerged as the most popular pick to be the island's next prime minister in two separate polls.

Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga (Reuters File Photo)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 08:18 AM IST
By | Written by Karan Manral, New Delhi

As Suga steps down, here are candidates likely to be Japan's next prime minister

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said he would resign after failing to control the country’s coronavirus surge, leaving the ruling party scrambling to find a new leader weeks before a general election.

Japan's vaccination programme chief Taro Kono (L) and internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi are two of the candidates many presume could line up for the post of prime minister. (File Photos / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 03, 2021 12:01 PM IST
Reuters |

Mixed feeling for Japanese after an extraordinary Olympics

The people of Japan opposed the Games due to the Covid situation but the performances of host athletes helped lift the gloom.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Closing Ceremony Live(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:22 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

Japan’s Yoshihide Suga gets no Olympics boost as he heads into election

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s initially high support was hit by disapproval of his handling of the pandemic.

Much of the public opposed Yoshihide Suga’s decision to press ahead with staging the Olympics, amid fears it could become a super-spreader event. (Kyodo News via AP)(AP)
Published on Aug 10, 2021 08:09 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Tokyo 2020: Japan's PM thanks people for safe Olympics during pandemic

He noted the Games were delayed by a year and held under tight restrictions, but "I believe we were able to fulfill our responsibility as the host nation,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, thanking the people for their understanding and cooperation.

Tokyo 2020: Japan's PM thanks people for safe Olympics during pandemic(Bloomberg)
Published on Aug 09, 2021 02:17 PM IST
AP |

Japanese PM Suga says world should see safe Olympics staged

"The world is faced with great difficulties," Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told International Olympic Committee members in a closed-door meeting

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks before the start of the Olympic Games, in Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS)
Published on Jul 20, 2021 04:51 PM IST

China irked by Japan deputy PM’s comments on ‘protecting’ Taiwan

China didn't take Aso's remarks kindly and its foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian called the comments ‘extremely wrong and dangerous’, and also invoked references to China’s colonial past.

Japanese soldiers train during a joint military drill between Japan Self-Defense Forces, French Army and US Marines, at the Kirishima exercise area in Ebino, Miyazaki prefecture, Japan. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 11:29 PM IST
By | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Japan has been struggling since late March to slow a wave of infections propelled by more contagious variants, with new daily cases soaring above 7,000 at one point and seriously ill patients straining hospitals in Tokyo, Osaka and other metropolitan areas.

The Olympics, delayed a year by the pandemic, are set to start on July 23.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2021 06:01 PM IST
PTI | , Tokyo

Frustration in Japan as leader pushes Olympics despite virus

More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled. And a swimming star has faced pressure to drop out of the games.

Will the Tokyo Olympics go on?(Getty Images)
Published on May 12, 2021 07:59 PM IST
PTI | , Tokyo

Japan's ruling party loses seats in blow for PM Yoshihide Suga before election

The by-elections held Sunday were the first of their kind for Suga since he became prime minister in September.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga takes off his face mask before speaking to reporters at his office in Tokyo.(AP)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 10:11 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Japan raises greenhouse emissions cut target to 46% by 2030

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday announced a new more ambitious target of 46% in emissions reduction by 2030, significantly up from the current 26% from the 2013 levels, NHK said.

Japan has been under pressure from European countries to do more than its earlier target of 26%.(File photo for representation)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 05:49 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Tokyo

Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga calls off India visit amid Covid-19 spike: Report

Earlier this week UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also cancelled his visit to India owing to the rising number of coronavirus disease cases, while Prime Minister Modi called off his trip to Portugal to attend the India-European Union summit next month.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called off his India visit. (Reuters File Photo )
Published on Apr 21, 2021 01:25 PM IST
By | Written by Kanishka Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan's foreign residents may travel to other countries for Covid-19 vaccines

Amid slow inoculation push while top health experts say the Covid-19 in Japan has entered a fourth wave, foreign residents consider flying to other countries to get vaccinated

Japan's foreign residents may travel to other countries for Covid-19 vaccines(AP)
Updated on Apr 21, 2021 09:58 AM IST
Reuters |

Joe Biden-Yoshihide Suga maiden meet focuses on reducing China's growing clout

'What to do about China' remained a primary concern for Biden and Suga as the former held his first in-person meeting at the White House with a foreign leader since taking office.

US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walk through the Colonnade to take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AFP)
Published on Apr 17, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Bloomberg |

Japan imposes new Covid-19 related measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Japan's national vaccination drive has lagged and most people in the capital still have not been inoculated as infections have surged.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga raised the alert level for Kyoto in western Japan and the southern island prefecture of Okinawa, where cases have surged in recent weeks.(AP)
Published on Apr 09, 2021 04:31 PM IST
PTI | , Tokyo

China cautions Japan ahead of Biden-Suga meet, asks to be 'objective, rational'

China also warned Japan against getting caught up between the 'so-called confrontation between major countries.'

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Japan against getting caught between US-China confrontation. (AP)
Published on Apr 06, 2021 03:13 PM IST
AP | , Beijing

Covid-19: Japan to expand emergency measures as needed amid fears of new strains

Japan is grappling with a Covid-19 resurgence ahead of the summer Olympics scheduled to begin in July, with large-scale vaccinations of the general population yet to begin.

Published on Apr 04, 2021 02:56 PM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Srivatsan K C, Tokyo

Japan PM to hold talks with Biden in US visit on April 16

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person since he took office in January.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan March 18, 2021. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 02, 2021 12:11 PM IST
PTI | , Tokyo

Japanese PM Suga expects to invite Biden to Tokyo Olympics

Suga was asked by a lawmaker in Parliament if he would invite Biden. Suga replied: “Of course, I expect we will."

The giant Olympic rings are pictured two days before the start of the one-year countdown to the Tokyo Olympics that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 26, 2021 05:06 PM IST
AP |

Covid-19: Japan PM vows no virus rebound as emergency measures end

Prime minister Yoshihide Suga was addressing his ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s annual convention, just hours ahead of the planned lifting of a virus state of emergency in the the Tokyo region.

“We must not put our guards down ... to prevent the infections from rebounding,
Published on Mar 21, 2021 02:23 PM IST
AP | , Tokyo

Maritime security next on Quad’s agenda, key trilateral meets soon

The trilateral meetings will follow the naval exercise which will see the French Navy joining navies of India, Australia, Japan and the US.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison listen during a virtual meeting of the
Published on Mar 19, 2021 11:12 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Biden, Modi, Morrison and Suga pen joint Op-Ed, say Quad offers ‘spark of hope'

The leaders had launched launch a 'Vaccine Initiative' under which India would produce up to 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 2022, financed by the US and Japan, for last-mile distribution by Australia in the South-East Asian nations of the Indo-Pacific.

“We summon from tragedy the strength and resilience to unify and overcome. And we recommit ourselves, once again, to an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, secure and prosperous,” the leaders said.(ANI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2021 02:51 AM IST
ByYashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

QUAD to reject the 2007 Chinese veto on its foreign policies

The meeting of leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or QUAD – India, Australia, Japan and the US –signifies three things.

The real test of the QUAD summit tomorrow will be whether it can send a credible message to the world(Agencies)
Updated on Mar 11, 2021 06:08 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: Three held for alleged plot to murder Assam minister

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.(PTI file)
Published on Mar 09, 2021 08:51 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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