Planet Business

Image of the week: Tough crowd President Obama this week addressed the Business Roundtable – a bunch of chief executives from large corporation(...)

People are rescued from vehicles by firefighters in Joso, Japan,  flooded by the Kinugawa river. Photograph: Reuters 1:20

Unprecedented rain in Japan unleashed heavy floods that tore houses from their foundations, uprooted trees and forced more than 100,000 people from th(...)

Shinzo Abe, who may or not say sorry this week for Japan’s actions in WW2. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

In a country where apologies are mumbled for countless minor transgressions, it might seem odd that Japan’s prime minister has tied himself in knots o(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of journalist Kenji Goto, seen here on a street screen in Tokyo,  “unforgivable and cowardly”. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Islamic militants have told Japan that its citizens are legitimate targets for attacks following the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto. The threa(...)

Protesters holding placards  during a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo.  Some  200 people took part in the demonstration that saw the participants not only protesting against the relocation of a US military base to Henoko in the Okinawa prefecture, but also rallying in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group r(...)

An image grab taken off a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant. Photograph: Getty Images/AFP/HO/Al Furqan Media 1:08

It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for wh(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe raises his glass for a toast with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party during the annual party convention in Tokyo on January 19th. The battle lines around Abe’s agenda for Japan are set to harden. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japan’s public service broadcaster, NHK, is roughly equivalent to RTÉ, though its enormous annual revenue of more than $6 billion (€4.5 billion) puts (...)

A massive typhoon is bearing down on Japan and heading towards Tokyo, dumping torrential rain, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popu(...)

 The No 3 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco)’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture last month.  Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Japanese researchers say the cost of cleaning up from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could top $50 billion (€37.7 billion), four times the amount esti(...)