Japan's lower house of parliament on Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to legalise casinos, in a major step toward opening up a market seen as a potential global gaming powerhouse.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologise for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe's top aide said on Tuesday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has urged Tokyo to keep costs for the 2020 Summer Games below US$20 billion as the hosts continue to grapple with ballooning expenses for the multi-sports event.
The epicentre of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market - the world's largest - will stay where it is for at least a year, the city's governor said on Friday (Nov 18), in a move that could impact the 2020 Olympics.
Japan's Shinzo Abe sat down on Thursday with Donald Trump, becoming the first foreign leader to meet the US president-elect as he works to shape a cabinet that may include both staunch backers and former rivals.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that he wants to build a relationship of trust when he meets U.S. President-elect Donald Trump this week, stressing that the two-way alliance is the core of Tokyo's diplomacy and security.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday (Nov 16) stepped up strategic agreement with Japan during his three-day visit with the signing of trade, investment and economic and defence agreements.
Japan's economy expanded more than expected in the third quarter as exports offset slack consumer spending, government data showed Monday, offering up some rare good news for the country's struggling growth project.
Japan and India signed a controversial civil nuclear deal on Friday that will allow Japanese companies to export atomic technology to the Asian giant as the two countries deepen economic and security ties.