Operators restart the nuclear reactor at the central control room of the Kyushu Electric Power Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecturePhotograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images 1:14

Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time under new safety standards put in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, as prime minis(...)

Toshiba Corp president and chief executive Hisao Tanaka arrives for a news conference at the company headquarters in Tokyo. Photograph: Reuters

Japan Inc’s efforts to improve the international image of its boardrooms have been dealt a blow with the resignation of top business leaders in a $(...)

Sakari Momoi  has died in Japan at the age of 112. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The world’s oldest man, a retired educator from Japan, has died at the age of 112. An official from the city of Saitama said today that Sakari Momoi d(...)

Tokyo Electric Power Co said there were no abnormalities at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant following the quake. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

A strong earthquake with magnitude of 7.8 has been recorded off Japan. The earthquake happened off the Bonin Islands, also known as the Ogasawara Isl(...)

Smoke spews from eruptive crater of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo May 29th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Kyodo

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, pro(...)

‘When the beating of Rodney King (above) was filmed and broadcast, it felt like an extraordinary event.’ Una Mullally  on how  filming acts of violence has become terrifyingly common.  Photograph: J Emilio Flores/The New York Times

Can you remember the first time you saw someone die on a screen? Someone real? I can. It was during the rolling news coverage of 9/11. Sure, we’ve all(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a news conference at an election night event at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters in Tokyo. Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan’s right-wing government has won a two-thirds majority victory in a snap general election that swept aside the largely unprepared and divided op(...)

Former Japanese justice minister Midori Matsushima bows during a press conference after she resigned from her post at the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan’s conservative government has been dealt a major blow with the resignation of two cabinet members in a single day, just as prime minister’s Shin(...)

Japan’s  economy, trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi (centre), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects  the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on September 7th last. After months of pressure the government was finally forced last week to release a transcript of interviews with the manager of the plant at the time of the disaster there in 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

In the pantheon of Fukushima heroes, Masao Yoshida stands taller than almost everyone else.As manager of the crippled Daiichi plant in 2011, he was th(...)

Sean O Driscoll: We need to focus more on efficiency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seán O’Driscoll, the chief executive of Glen Dimplex, yesterday invited the former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan to the Merrion Hotel in Dublin t(...)