Tokyo celebrated after being awarded the 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday, with a huge roar arising from thousands gathered in a park in the early hours of a grey, humid morning and people embracing on street corners in the city.
New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a cabinet stacked with close allies on Wednesday, kicking off a second administration committed to battling deflation and coping with the challenge of a rising China.
Japan's ruling party on Sunday picked Yasuo Fukuda, an advocate of warmer ties with Tokyo's Asian neighbours, to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister in an effort to revive party fortunes and end a political vacuum.
Fukuda, 71, seen as an
Yasuo Fukuda emerged as runaway leader to become Japan's next prime minister on Monday after a survey of ruling party lawmakers who must choose between the soft-spoken veteran and his hawkish rival Taro Aso next weekend.
Two opinion polls
Momentum grew in Japan's ruling party on Friday to back 71-year-old lawmaker Yasuo Fukuda, known for his pro-Asian diplomacy, as successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after his shock resignation.
'I think this is an emergency situation. I
Japan's conservative ruling camp braced for an expected election defeat on Sunday that could put pressure on hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign and usher in a period of policy paralysis and political confusion.
Polling stations ac