Chinese actors play Japanese soldiers in a film.  China is to  mark in style  the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, or the second World War. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Returning home from dinner on the bus last Saturday night, we were halted at the Dongzhimen intersection in downtown Beijing to make way for scores of(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, is facing pressure to step up his policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation. Photograph: Ma Ping/Pool via Bloomberg

Japan’s economy shrank at an annualised pace of 1.6 per cent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, adding pressure on pri(...)

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(...)

Emperor Hirohito of Japan on a tour of a devastated district of Tokyo after a raid by US bombers. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Katsumoto Saotome was a schoolboy in Tokyo when he heard the reedy voice of Japan’s “living God”. He could understand little of what was said in the c(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe giving a news conference in Tokyo on Friday, during which he expressed remorse for his country’s actions in the second World War but stopped short of offering a fresh apology. Photograph: Ma Ping/via Bloomberg

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has expressed remorse for the second World War in an ambiguously worded statement that will do little to dispel ling(...)

Shinzo Abe, who may or not say sorry this week for Japan’s actions in WW2. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

In a country where apologies are mumbled for countless minor transgressions, it might seem odd that Japan’s prime minister has tied himself in knots o(...)

Operators restart the nuclear reactor at the central control room of the Kyushu Electric Power Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecturePhotograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images 1:14

Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time under new safety standards put in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, as prime minis(...)

Sumiteru Taniguchi, an 86-year-old A-bomb survivor, walks past Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the way to deliver his speech  in Nagasaki on Sunday.  Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Survivors of Nagasaki’s nuclear destruction have attacked Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe for trying to expand the role of the nation’s military(...)

Visitors offer prayers for victims killed by the atomic bombing in 1945 before the Peace Memorial Ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan. Photograph: Kimmasa Mayama/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his commitment to a nuclear wea(...)

Doves fly over the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in western Japan  during a memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images 1:54

More than 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima on Thursday morning to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing that obliterated the city near the end(...)