Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labor shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan.
Japan began on Wednesday to clean up after a powerful typhoon killed 11 people, injured hundreds and stranded thousands at a flooded airport, though when the airport in an industrial and tourist hub might reopen was not clear.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative coalition was on track to win 311 seats in the 465-seat parliament, putting the nationalist premier on course to become Japan's longest-serving leader.
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, renewable energy is surging in Japan. But economic pressures are also helping revive support for nuclear power, leading to an internal tug-of-war over Japan's energy future.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's five-month delay in moving into his official residence has renewed rumors that the building, which has a history of assassinations and violence, is plagued by ghosts. Anchor Marco Werman talks with author Roland Kelts.
North Korea followed through on its threats and conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday, Monday night in the United States, believed to be its most powerful to date. The test was roundly criticized, even by North Korea's lone ally, China. A United Nations Security Council meeting has been called.
As Japanese officials continue to struggle to contain radioactive waste from the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima two years ago, the situation is not getting any easier. Though they've managed to store millions of gallons of waste-contaminated water, the area remains vulnerable to another natural disaster.
Japan's prime minister has unveiled a plan to restart the country's nuclear energy program almost three years after the Fukushima disaster. But given the country's deep divide over nuclear power, the plan is short of specifics and retains a commitment to developing renewable energy sources.
Since World War Two, Japan has been the centerpiece of American security in the Pacific. About 50,000 US troops and 85 facilities are based here…along with the US Seventh Fleet. But in recent decades, the Japanese have worried about the strength of that US commitment to the defense of Japan.President Obama’s recent Asia tour and his so-called “pivot” to Asia was meant to assuage Japan.