Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with China’s president Xi Jinping: China and Russia will mark their growing closeness with a series of high-level exchanges in coming months, including military parades and joint commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

China and Russia will celebrate their growing closeness with a series of high-level exchanges in coming months, including military parades and joint (...)

Japanese education adviser Ayako Sono said the counrty’s labour shortage was ‘forcing the country to consider mass immigration’, but added that such policies would only work if the country segregated races. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

An adviser on education policies to Japan’s right-wing government has sparked a major controversy by recommending that immigrants in the world’s th(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: Japan would never forget the murders and would make the Islamic State “pay the price”. Photograph: Toru Hanai

One of Japan’s biggest tabloids ran an eye-popping headline this week: Islamic State (IS) will attack the country on February 18th, four days before t(...)

Palestinians hold a photo of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a solidarity demonstration next to the Jordanian Embassy in Ramallah, West Bank. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The burning alive of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants is reverberating around the Middle East. Condemnation of the murder of Moath al-Kasa(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty (R) listens to the translation of his speech during his press conference at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on Sunday. Japanese language version of Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’ started selling in Japan from December 2014, becoming the best-selling book in Japan. (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 book on wealth inequality became an international best- seller, said Europe should learn from Japan th(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of journalist Kenji Goto, seen here on a street screen in Tokyo,  “unforgivable and cowardly”. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Islamic militants have told Japan that its citizens are legitimate targets for attacks following the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto. The threa(...)

Safi Yousef (second from left), father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at his clan’s headquarters in Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Jordan says it has seen no proof that its captured pilot is alive and has not heard from his Islamic State (IS) captors, nearly 24 hours after a pr(...)

Safi Yousef, father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, reads a statement released by Islamic State (IS) during a demonstration to demand the Jordanian government negotiate with IS for the pilot’s release. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Jordan has demanded proof that a military pilot held by Islamic State militants is alive before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about hi(...)

A pedestrian passes  a large screen in Tokyo on Wednesday showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Photograph: Agencies

The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying h(...)