Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition won a comfortable majority in the upper house of parliament.
Japanese government reforms require state-run colleges to raise the country's flag and sing the national anthem, while decision-making power at universities is being centralized in the hands of the president.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to restore "national honor" by changing the historical perspective. Nationalist Abe is expected to maintain this stance on the 70th anniversary of Japan’s capitulation.
After the killings of two Japanese nationals by "Islamic State," Tokyo is mulling new anti-terror strategies that may see rescue missions by its forces and tighter cooperation with the US, analyst Kristin Surak tells DW.
The German chancellor has called on Tokyo authorities to resolve the issue of "comfort women" in World War II. On the last day of her official visit, Merkel also met with female representatives from the private sector.