Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
As fears grow that PM Shinzo Abe' conservative government is whitewashing the nation's past aggressions, scholars say the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II is an occasion for Japan to address historic issues.
A former bureaucrat and media commentator has accused PM Abe's administration of using threats and incentives to ensure the Japanese public does not get the whole picture. And he fears a dictatorship is a possibility.
In his speech to the US Congress Japanese PM Shinzo Abe remained true to himself: He failed to issue his own apology for his country's role in World War II and the enslavement of Asian women, thus angering South Koreans.
After seven decades of self-imposed exclusion from the international arms sector, Japan has opened up to foreign companies. German firms are looking to cash in on the opportunities. Julian Ryall reports from Yokohama.