Factory output unexpectedly fell and real wages marked the steepest drop in five years, underscoring the fragility of the recovery and dealing a blow to premier Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies

Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges (...)

A mobile phone is charged by lingerie maker Triumph’s environment-friendly ‘Photovoltaic-Powered Bra’. The Japanese division of Triumph International has apologised for potential injuries caused by underwires sticking out of their bras. Photograph: Junko Kimura/Getty Images

A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wea(...)

Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe:  Gamble on early elections paid off with a sweeping victory that forced the leader of the opposition to resign. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japan’s right-wing government is back in power after one of the odder general elections in recent memory. The administration of prime minister Shinzo (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a news conference at an election night event at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters in Tokyo. Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan’s right-wing government has won a two-thirds majority victory in a snap general election that swept aside the largely unprepared and divided op(...)

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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister and president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), gestures during an election campaign rally in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a(...)

Shinzo Abe: his approval ratings are at their lowest since he took office in December 2012

Japan goes to the polls on Sunday after prime minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election he hopes will give his Liberal Democratic party a greater man(...)

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi. Her supporters say her arrests reek of double standards in a country where sexualised images of women are rampant

When Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi began to make plaster casts of her genitalia and show them in exhibitions, she accepted some people might be u(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. Japan’s recession was deeper than initially estimated as company investment unexpectedly shrank. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan’s recession was deeper than initially estimated as company investment unexpectedly shrank, a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he campaigns (...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Last month, the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies finally met in a bid to end a diplomatic deep freeze that has shut down political ties and eve(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. As always with Japan, given its very large public debt, time may not be an unlimited resource. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Japan’s attempts, through Abenomics, to beat back against the tide of demographics may be proving futile.Japan has lapsed into its fourth recession si(...)