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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Employees of Japanese noodle maker Nissin Foods Holdings, which sponsors Kei Nishikori, watch the final of the US Open. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese fans responded with groans and tears when Kei Nishikori was beaten in the final of the US Open last night, but took some consolation from the(...)

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus and suggested the sales tax should rise again to help government finances, despite market d(...)

A woman passes a store in Tokyo.  Household spending fell 5.9 per cent in July from a year earlier, new figures show.

Japanese household spending fell much more than expected and factory output remained weak in July after plunging in June, government data showed, sugg(...)

Japan Self-Defence Force soldiers search for survivors in the rain at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Heavy rain has delayed a search for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as op(...)

 Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site in Hiroshima,  Japan today. At least 27 people are dead and 10 unaccounted for in landslides triggered by torrential rain in the western Japanese city. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA.

At least 36 people, including children, were killed in Japan today, when landslides triggered by torrential rain hit into the outskirts of the western(...)