Japanese tenor  Tatsuya Higuchi and South Korean soprano  Sumi Jo perform as part of a gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Japan and South Korea’s resumption of normal ties,  in Tokyo on June 22nd. Photograph: Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained by feuds over the legacy of Japa(...)

Police guard at the baggage locker where a suitcase containing the body of an elderly woman was found at Tokyo Station. Photograph: AP

The body of an elderly woman has been found in a suitcase left abandoned for a month in Tokyo’s main train station. A worker at the station discovered(...)

Katsumoto Saotome, (82), a survivor of Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945, points to a map showing the burned central Tokyo areas in red after the bombing. “They were all individuals,” he says of the 100,000 victims. “They had all been talking to their families hours before they died.” Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

It was just after midnight when the rumble of US B-29 bombers jolted Tokyo awake. The incendiaries that fell from their bellies, full of jellied petro(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Last month, the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies finally met in a bid to end a diplomatic deep freeze that has shut down political ties and eve(...)

Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and Jim Hogan of Ireland compete in the Men’s Marathon during the Tokyo Olympics on October 21, 1964. Photograph: The Asahi Sshimbun via Getty Images

October 21st, 1964 He remembers the marathon starting sometime around the middle of the day. It was warm alright, humid and cloudy. But it wasn’t too(...)

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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 (...)

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The whole of Ireland now has a population about size of Rio de Janeiro. The number of people with Irish ancestors outside Ireland is more than of all (...)