A woman cleans up in front of her collapsed house in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture on April 15, 2016.

Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents examined the widespread damage from an unusually strong earthquake in wh(...)

Members of the public observe a moment of silence to mark the exact time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan’s coast in 2011. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago that turned towns to matchwood and trigg(...)

Rescue workers recover the body of a victim from a site that was damaged by a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha in Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Typhoon Wipha passed through Japan’s east coast today, killing at least eight and leaving 37 missing in heavy rainfall and landslides. Hundreds of fli(...)

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea, at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in FukushimaPhotograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most s(...)

A worker walks in front of water tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on June 12th last. Photograph: Noboru Hashimoto/Reuters

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the government to help in the clean-up of radioactive waste from the country’s crippled Fukushima nuclea(...)

The 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck offshore on March 11th at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan, and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant and threatening a nuclear catastrophe.  Workers wearing protective suits and masks work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture in November, 2011.  Photograph: David Guttenfelder/Pool/Reuters

Masao Yoshida, a nuclear engineer who took charge of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant two years ago as multiple reactors spiraled out of control afte(...)

A laboratory technician uses a Geiger counter to measure radiation in fish caught close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photograph: Reuters/Issei Kato

Tokyo Electric Power Co said yesterday it had detected radioactive caesium in groundwater flowing into its wrecked Fukushima Daiichi plant, reversing (...)