US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds talks with Japanese officials during the last leg of her controversial tour to Asia that has drawn Beijing's fury and led to outsized military exercises around Taiwan.
Ties have been fraught for years over the bitter legacy of Japan's occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945, but officials on both sides hope talks between the foreign ministers will secure a breakthrough.
Family and friends of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe gathered at a Tokyo temple for a private funeral as tributes have poured in from international leaders.
In Japan, the possession or import of firearms, as well as certain kinds of knives and other weapons, is illegal without a special licence.
Tokyo saw three successive days of temperatures topping 35C, marking the worst streak of hot weather in June in around 150 years.
Asian cities have dominated the top ten world’s most expensive city list; New York and Geneva take second and third spots.
Centre-left leader is sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister, a few hours before flying out to attend an international security summit in Tokyo.
The US marks 110 years since Japan gifted the fruit trees, with thousands of people rushing to Washington DC to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The attacker, only identified as a 24-year-old man, is arrested on the spot and is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder. His motive was not immediately known.
Offering the means of war to anyone who can afford it will transform warfare and — if left unchecked — can thrust the world into an era of perpetual fighting and suffering.
It was one of the strongest temblors to rock Tokyo since the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011 that killed thousands.
Several local train services near Tokyo were temporarily suspended as some flights and ferries connecting the city’s Haneda airport and outer islands have been cancelled.
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