The ruling coalition is expected to win 280 seats, down from its previous total of 305, weakening the dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party in the parliament.
The new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he is seeking the public’s mandate for his policies after being elected premier by parliament only 10 days ago.
Fumio Kishida was chosen last week to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, beating three other contenders to take the post and ultimately, based on the party's majority in parliament, the premiership.
A popular ex-defence minister and a colourful Twitter user are among the list of potential contenders to lead Japan following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's resignation due to health problems.
The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, set tongues wagging in Tokyo political classes as the Abe era draws to a close.
Britain Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida and discussed increase in foreign and security cooperation.
The US chaired a special meeting at the UN, warning that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,'
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opened his trip to Asia by saying the escalating threat from the DPRK's nuclear program shows the need for a new approach to North Korea.
The launch of SLBM by North Korea is seen as a threat to regional peace and stability as the distance covered by the projectile has far exceeded any previous SLBM tests.
Japanese prime minister hopes to restore Tokyo-Moscow relations during meeting with Russian president in Sochi
China says relations with Japan should be based on cooperation not confrontation.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes ritual offering at shrine for WW2 war dead as region preparing to improve impaired ties
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