Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: His cabinet has approved Bills to implement a drastic shift in security policy allowing the military to fight abroad for the first time since the second World War. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan has sent another signal it is pulling away from its pacifist moorings with its first international defence show. The three-day event, hosting to(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry toasts Japan’s prime minister  Shinzo Abe at a luncheon  in honour of Japan  Department of State in Washington on Tuesday. Abe returns home  with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe returns home this weekend from a United States tour with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. The tou(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in the second World War in a speech to the US Congress on Wednesday, even as h(...)

Maryland state troopers stand guard as residents clean up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP 1:50

Tommy stood on the street opposite the smouldering remnants of a shop at the corner of Baker Street and North Mount Street in northwest Baltimore. You(...)

President Shinzo Abe’s decision to delay a sales tax hike to 10 per cent  has made it difficult to eliminate the primary budget deficit in fiscal 2020

Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan’s credit rating by one notch after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year’s budget to offset a delay i(...)

The State funeral procession of late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photograph: Alphonsus Chern/EPA

Grieving Singaporeans were joined by world leaders on Sunday to pay their final respects to the country’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, as the (...)

Paying tribute at a Singapore community club yesterday following the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Photograph: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Tributes were paid by world leaders yesterday to Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who led the city state for more than three decades, follo(...)

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida (left), South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met for the first time in nearly three years in Seoul on March 21st, in an effort to calm regional tensions. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Images

The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China have agreed to hold talks to try to improve ties between the three regional powerhouses, which(...)

An Irish setter wearing a Michael Jackson costume takes part in a St Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images.

An estimated 30,000 people watched Asia’slargest St Patrick’s Day parade snake through central Tokyo in glorious sunshine on Sunday afternoon.The city(...)

Katsumoto Saotome, (82), a survivor of Great Tokyo Air Raid in 1945, points to a map showing the burned central Tokyo areas in red after the bombing. “They were all individuals,” he says of the 100,000 victims. “They had all been talking to their families hours before they died.” Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

It was just after midnight when the rumble of US B-29 bombers jolted Tokyo awake. The incendiaries that fell from their bellies, full of jellied petro(...)