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(...)

Melinda St Louis protests against Trans-Pacific Partnership meetings in Atlanta, USA. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters

The US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations have struck the largest trade pact in two decades, in a huge strategic and political victory for US pre(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: accused of not understanding Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe finally answered critics of his government’s asylum policies this week with a short blast of realpolitik: Japan must(...)

 Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga speaks at the Foreign Correpondents Club of Japan in Tokyo this week. Mr Onaga wants  to revoke permits for construction of the US military base given by his predecessor as relocation site for the US Marines Futenma Air Base in Okinawa.  Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Earlier this week, a Japanese political leader took the extraordinary step of going to the United Nations to criticise his own central government for (...)

Marise Payne, Australia’s new defence minister, at a Cabinet meeting in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, September 21st, 2015.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia on Monday swore in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee the country’s role in open-ended military engag(...)

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan was once at the front in the fight against climate change. When the climate debate began heating up in the 1990s, the country was one of the low(...)

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) may face legal challenge over Bills. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The dust is settling from a marathon and sometimes chaotic parliamentary battle over security Bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for th(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sits among his cabinet members during the a final push to enact contentious defence legislation. Photograph: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan’s parliament voted into law on Saturday a defence policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945, a milestone i(...)

Aerial view of the  protest   against Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe’s security bill and his administration. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Thousands of protesters rallied in Tokyo against Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s security policy on Monday as the government aims to enact legisl(...)