Japanese emperor Akihito (right) and empress Michiko bow before an altar during a memorial service at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, 15th August 2015. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/EPA

Japanese emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War with an expression of “deep remorse” over the conflict on Satu(...)

Japan’s crown prince Naruhito with his wife, crown princess Masako, and daughter Princess Aiko:  he said last week it was important to “look back humbly on the past” and “correctly” pass on the tragic experiences of history. Photograph: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Reuters

Japan’s emperor famously renounced his divine status after the second World War, making him essentially a ceremonial figure. Yet, for many Japanese th(...)

People observe a moment of silence facing the sea during a rally at 2:46 pm, the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Japan is marking the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and more tha(...)