Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
The "Islamic State" has posted an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages. The mother of one of them has made a tearful plea on their behalf.
Japan's Prime Minister has returned home to focus his attention on a hostage crisis involving two of his citizens held by 'Islamic State'. The group, which controls a third of Iraq and Syria, is demanding a high ransom.
Kenji Goto traveled to Syria to help free a fellow Japanese national. But the journalist ended up being captured by "Islamic State" that now threatens to kill him. DW examines Goto's work and the impact of his abduction.
Japan's birth rate fell to a new record low in 2014, with data showing just over a million new births. Social scientist Fabio Gygi talks to DW about what the decline means for the nation's economy and society as a whole.
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