Yoichi Miyazawa, Japan’s new trade and industry minister, who is at the centre of a controversy over money spent in a sex bar by  his support group.  Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Just days after the resignation of two scandal-tainted ministers, another Japanese cabinet member is under fire – for links to a sex bar.Media reports(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lost two ministers yesterday. And the opposition, scenting blood, is out for more heads. The resignations of trade a(...)

Executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to “cloud” software would shave about €200m off a previous forecast

German software maker Sap cut its 2014 operating profit forecast as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the internet, de(...)

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(...)

Investors speculate that Japan’s prime minister  Shinzo Abe may order a burst of government spending

Japanese business confidence slipped to the lowest in more than a year in October and it is seen struggling to rebound, a Reuters poll showed, a furt(...)

Designed by Dublin-based Zinc Design Consultants the stamps and a souvenir first-day cover are available from the country’s main post offices, at the stamp shop in Dublin’s GPO or online

Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Pac-Man are set to invade the country’s households once again following the release of a new postage-stamp set celebr(...)

A broker looks at his screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany today. The stock index DAX fell under 8500 points. (Photograph: Michael Probst/AP)

The global economy faces its biggest test of confidence since the European sovereign debt crisis as investors fear it’s running out of engines. Japan (...)

Apple Watch: the bankruptcy of an Apple Inc supplier serves as a warning but some have used the fact they work for Apple to gain work elsewhere. photograph: stephen lam/reuters

The financial implosion of Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies last week offers a dramatic illustration of how the iPhone maker can put the screws(...)

Gimpo, South Korea: The government plans to  increase spending to spur job creation by 7.6 per cent. photograph: seong joon-cho/bloomberg

As South Korea’s economy continues to stutter, finance minister Choi Kyung-hwan is anxious that the country could end up in a similar situation to Jap(...)

There have been calls for three members of prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government to distance themselves from extremists. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japan’s ruling party is under pressure to distance itself from the far right, after senior politicians were linked to groups that promote Nazi ideo(...)