North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a long-range rocket launch in North Korea on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

There was a chorus of condemnation after North Korea defied international sanctions to launch a long-range rocket carrying what it said was a satellit(...)

Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor unit is deployed in Tokyo to counter North Korea’s possible launch of ballistic missile. Asian powers including Japan and South Korea have expressed concern over the mooted launch of what the North described as a satellite. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA.

News of North Korean plans to launch a satellite and rocket have been met with concern by regional neighbours Japan, South Korea and even ally China.(...)

Japan’s Economics Minister Akira Amari during a news conference in Japan after announcing his resignation. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is facing the biggest scandal of his three-year administration following the resignation of his economics minister.(...)

Photograph released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Kim Jong-Un signing a document for a hydrogen bomb test in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

North Korea drew threats of further sanctions from the UN after claiming to have tested a nuclear bomb on Wednesday The underground explosion trigger(...)

In this photograph released by North Korea’s official news agency people in Pyongyang celebrate the success of what the secretive state claimed was its first hydrogen bomb test.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and is pledging to pursue new sanctions. North Korea said it s(...)

Former  wartime ‘comfort women’ at the House of Sharing shelter in Gwangju, South Korea, watch a news report of a meeting between the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan. Photograph: Hong Ki-won/Yonhap/Reuters

Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle a toxic dispute about wartime sex slaves forced to work in Japanese military brothels. The historic agreem(...)

Women hold a banner which says “unconstitutionality judgement” outside  Japan’s Supreme Court in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law requiring spouses to use the same surname, the only such law in the big developed nations forming the(...)

The world’s biggest pension fund posted its worst quarterly loss since at least 2008 after a global stock rout in August and September wiped $64 billion off the Japanese asset manager’s investments.  (Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters)

The world’s biggest pension fund posted its worst quarterly loss since at least 2008 after a global stock rout in August and September wiped(...)

A Japan Post employee sorts parcels on Wednesday. Shares in Japan Post and its banking and insurance units have started trading in Tokyo. Photograph: Christopher Jue/Getty Images

Japan Post Holdings and its two financial units burst out of the gate with gains of 16 to 33 per cent in their market debuts yesterday, after the gove(...)

A sculpture at the Memorial Hall of Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, China. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Japan took its long war with China over history into unchartered territory this week when it threatened to stop funding Unesco. The trigger was a deci(...)