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Japan may ease rules on 'morning-after pill' next year - report

08 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan may ease rules on the sale of the "morning-after pill" so it can be bought without a prescription as early as next year, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday, a reform that would bring Japan in line with nearly 100 other countries.

Japan, Australia, India discuss strategic ties, regional security

07 Oct 2020

TOKYO Japan and Australia on Wednesday discussed what Tokyo termed their special, strategic partnership, agreeing to broaden security measures and deepen cooperation in the face of "changing" regional conditions.

Japan, Australia, India discuss strategic ties, regional security

07 Oct 2020

TOKYO, Oct 7 Japan and Australia on Wednesday discussed what Tokyo termed their special, strategic partnership, agreeing to broaden security measures and deepen cooperation in the face of "changing" regional conditions.

Japan's Suga to formally take up job, announce cabinet

16 Sep 2020

TOKYO, Sept 16 Japanese ruling party president Yoshihide Suga was poised to become the nation's next prime minister on Wednesday, pulling together a "continuity" cabinet, about half of which will not change from the current makeup, local media reported.

Japan ruling party head Suga preparing cabinet, continuity in foreground

15 Sep 2020

TOKYO Japanese ruling party head Yoshihide Suga, in line to become the next prime minister, appeared set on Tuesday to continue his predecessor's policies by keeping key cabinet ministers and party officials in their posts, as he had promised.

Ageing and empty: Japan next premier’s hometown highlights challenges ahead

14 Sep 2020

YUZAWA, Japan It's noon on a warm day in the Japanese town where Yoshihide Suga, Japan's next prime minister, grew up, but more than half the stores in a downtown shopping arcade are shuttered and sidewalks stretch empty except for the rare elderly passerby.

Japan's next prime minister as a boy: good in sports, 'stiff' as actor

14 Sep 2020

YUZAWA, Japan As a boy, friends say, Yoshihide Suga - poised to be Japan's next leader - sledded down mountains in winter, ran track and field and was an avid baseball player. But his skills didn't extend as far as acting.

Japan's next prime minister as a boy: good in sports, 'stiff' as actor

14 Sep 2020

YUZAWA, Japan As a boy, friends say, Yoshihide Suga - poised to be Japan's next leader - sledded down mountains in winter, ran track and field and was an avid baseball player. But his skills didn't extend as far as acting.

Hip hop hooray for Japan's next PM with hometown T-shirt shout-out

12 Sep 2020

YUZAWA, Japan Yoshihide Suga, used to suits, a lectern and the trappings of the Japanese government, now finds himself on hip hop T-shirts and bags in his hometown, where the locals are celebrating the man expected to become prime minister in a few days.

Hip hop hooray for Japan's next PM with hometown T-shirt shout-out

12 Sep 2020

YUZAWA, Japan Yoshihide Suga, used to suits, a lectern and the trappings of the Japanese government, now finds himself on hip hop T-shirts and bags in his hometown, where the locals are celebrating the man expected to become prime minister in a few days.

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