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(...)

Damaged cars and buildings are seen after a landslide caused by heavy rains due to Typhoon Neoguri in Nagiso, Japan. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Heavy rain battered a wide swathe of Japan today, sending rivers over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened but still dangerous storm (...)

Rathlin Island off the Co Antrim coast is an unlikely potential supplier of edible seaweed to Japan – a country whose own stocks have been hit by the (...)

Highly contaminated water leaked from a large storage tank is seen at the H6 area of the contaminated water storage tanks, at Tokyo Electric Power.  Photograph: Reuters

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant said today that 100 tonnes of highly contaminated water had leaked out of a tank, the worst in(...)

A scene of devastation after the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history, in Fukushima prefecture in March 2011. Photograph: AP Photo/Kyodo News

On the afternoon of March 11th, 2011, Japan lurched eastward as the Pacific crust plates jolted beneath it. The sea floor shifted forward 60m in place(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno, Pool

The prime minister of Japan laid on a stunning tasting menu in his official residence. It was all lovely, but he said the fish was absolutely deadly. (...)

 Workers wearing protective suits and masks are seen during operations to remove fuel rods from a spent fuel pool inside the No.4 reactor building at Fukushima nuclear power plant . Photograph:Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout via Reuters

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant took the first step today in the long and hazardous process of decommissioning the facility, e(...)

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant (above) said this evening there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the station after a large earthquake struck in the ocean east of Japan. Photograph: Reuters

The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said this evening there was no damage or spike in radiation levels at the station after a larg(...)