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Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, attends a debate ahead of the LDP presidential election at Japan Press Club on Saturday. | Photographer: Charly Triballeau | AFP via Bloomberg

Cabinet Secretary Suga set to win poll today to succeed Abe as Japan’s PM

A farmer’s son long known as Abe’s back-room fixer, Suga is set for an overwhelming victory in the party election. He could win over 60% of the 535 votes up for grabs.
PM Modi with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at ASEAN summit in Bangkok | Twitter

In telephonic chat, PM Modi thanks outgoing Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for strengthening ties

The two leaders also welcomed the signing of a reciprocal logistics support agreement between the Indian Armed Forces and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan.
Representational image. A morning commuter walks in the Shiodome business area in Tokyo, Japan. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Toru Hanai | Bloomberg

With not a single female candidate to replace Abe, Japan’s women still waiting to ‘shine’

The lack of women in the PM race points to a shortcoming in Abe’s effort to promote greater female participation in supervisory positions, to help push Japan's shrinking workforce.
Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono posted a video on social media of two animated versions of himself dancing | Twitter

Among Japan’s PM hopefuls is the ‘dancing’, social media savvy Defence Minister Taro Kono

Taro Kono has won over many on Twitter with animated videos of him dancing. The minister has endorsed Yoshihide Suga for Japan's top job despite his aspirations of becoming PM.
Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Shinzo Abe

What really matters to China when it comes to the Quad. It’s not the security pacts

Despite India, Australia, US and Japan’s efforts for a multinational alternative to China, it’s not going to take off for quite a while.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Why India and Indo-Pacific will miss PM Abe more than Japan

No leader in recent memory has so completely and profoundly transformed strategic thinking in Asia and his vision is integral to how diplomats and politicians in the region operate.
Shinzo Abe at Davos | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Shinzo Abe had a lot of time, but not enough to fulfill the potential of his premiership

Abe boosted Japan's growth and employment during his 8-year stint. But his successors will confront challenges almost as great as he did and can't afford to make the same mistakes.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe’s legacy in Japan goes far beyond Abenomics

Abe's biggest accomplishment wasn't the resuscitation of Japan’s economy but beginning the transformation of a nation many observers thought would never allow itself to change.
Shinzo Abe arrives at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Aug. 28

Japanese Prime Minister Abe to resign for health reasons

Abe will reportedly announce the resignation at a 3 pm meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, ending his run as the country’s longest serving premier.
Japan

Modi’s Japan visit is a window India must use to up its game against China

The ‘broader Asia’ that Japanese PM Shinzo Abe once spoke about is all set to become a reality in a post-pandemic emerging security and world order.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.