Copies of the Financial Times  sit in a rack at a newsstand in London. Concerns have been raised over the ’pink paper’s new owner

The decision by the Nikkei group, publisher of Japan’s top financial newspaper, to pay £844 million (€1.2 billion) for one of the marquee brands in gl(...)

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 $(...)

Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

An artist’s concept image of the stadium planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The surprise decision to scrap it means it will not be available for Japan’s hosting of  Asia’s first Rugby World Cup in 2019. Photograph: EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe says controversial plans to build a $2 billion (€1.84 billion) new stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be(...)

Over the next decade, the population of over-75s in greater Tokyo will grow by 1.75 million, think-tank the Japan Policy Council has warned. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

In Japanese folklore, families long ago supposedly took their old into remote areas and left them to die. The government was forced this month to den(...)

Japanese ambassador Chihiro Atsumi throws a stone into a stream at the opening of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A memorial garden in honour of one of the most famous Irishmen to have lived in Japan has been opened in Tramore. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden(...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

“He is the writer in our language who can best be compared with Hans Christian Andersen and the brothers Grimm” - US literary historian Malcolm Cowle(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe walks towards a memorial to lay flowers for victims of the second World War Battle of Okinawa during a memorial service on Tuesday. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe was heckled and jeered at a tense commemoration on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa. A(...)

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(...)

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (seen here with his  Croatian counterpart,  Zoran Milanovic), is pushing for changes in the constitution so that the government could deploy the military if the country’s ‘existence’ is threatened. Photograph: EPA/Thomas Peter/Pool

Japan’s parliament is debating what many consider its most important legislation since the second World War. Prime minister Shinzo Abe wants to allow (...)