Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
The governor's election in Tokyo led to a defeat for the opponents of nuclear energy. But in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the debate about the course of the country's energy policy hasn't been decided yet.
The Japanese prime minister has told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Asia needs military restraint to boost economic growth. Abe's keynote speech kicked off the four-day gathering in Switzerland.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is setting up a network of Asian partners aimed at countering China's influence on the continent. The Southeast Asian association ASEAN has now sided with Japan.
Discussions at the ASEAN summit in Brunei last week were polite and diplomatically framed. But none of the participants will have overlooked the sense that China is increasingly becoming the odd man out in the region.
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