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(...)

Yoshimitsu Sanada (81), dressed in an army uniform, at the Yasukuni Shrine on Friday. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe stayed away from the Tokyo war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s second World War defeat. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

For most of the year the loudest sound at Yasukuni shrine is the buzzing of cicadas and the shuffle of old people’s foot- steps to the hushed main (...)

 A woman passes a store  in Tokyo yesterday.  Japan’s economy declined at an annualised pace of 6.8 per cent in the period April-June, after a controversial sales tax increase. Photograph: EPA

Japan suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago after an increase in the national sales tax t(...)

A protester burns a portrait of Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, with the Chinese characters ‘Shameful’ written on it, outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

China stepped up its anti-Japanese rhetoric yesterday, taking the opportunity of a visit by Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to lambast Japan for(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping and South Korean president Park Geun-hye during the Korea-China Investment Forum in Seoul yesterday. Mr Xi is on his first trip to the Korean peninsula as president. Photograph: EPA

In a rebalancing of East Asian alliances, President Xi Jinping yesterday underlined China and South Korea’s mutual history of combating Japanese aggre(...)

Protesters hold placards and shout anti-government slogans during a rally against Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s collective self-defence policy in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photograph: Christopher Jue/EPA

Japan’s coalition government has approved a controversial reinterpretation of the nation’s pacifist constitution that will let its troops fight overs(...)

Japan’s government, led by prime minister Shinzo Abe,  is riding high in the polls thanks to the perceived success of his expansionary economic policies. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

For decades, Japanese conservatives have wanted the country to shrug off the constraints of its 1947 pacifist constitution. Prime minister Shin(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: his country’s stance on child porn is increasingly an embarrassment to his government. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Later this month, Japan’s parliament is expected to pass a law outlawing possession of child pornography, finally pulling the country into line wit(...)

Smoke billowing from a plant in Tokyo bay. Japan’s economy grew an annualised 6.7 per cent in the first quarter, data showed on Monday

Japan’s first quarter growth handily beat initial estimates on an unexpected surge in capital spending, fresh signs the world’s third-biggest economy(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks next to British prime minister David Cameron at a joint news conference after their meeting at the G7 summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US president Barack Obama used the final press conference of the G7 summit to intervene in the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Uni(...)