President Barack Obama bows as he is greeted by Japan’s Emperor Akihito during  a previous visit to Tokyo in 2009. He will be in Japan next month for a G7 summit

After less than a year in office, US president Barack Obama famously bagged a Nobel Peace Prize for a thin pledge to build a world without nuclear wea(...)

Evacuees queue for food  at Kumamoto City Hall. A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan early on April 16th. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

On the floor of Kumamoto city hall, the old and young lie side by side on makeshift beds, praying for a few hours of unbroken sleep. “I thought the e(...)

Residents heading for a makeshift evacuation centre in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The desperate search for survivors intensified on Sunday in the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by Japan’s deadly earthquake and authoritie(...)

 An elderly woman holding her pet dog talks on a mobile phone after a second earthquake hit southwestern Japan on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, injuring more than 1,000 and trapping people(...)

A road newly damaged by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake  on Saturday April 16th, 2016 in Mashiki, Kumamoto, Japan. Photograph: Taro Karibe/Getty Images

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck southern Japan, just over 24 hours after a quake killed nine people and injured at least 1,000 in the same area.(...)

A woman cleans up in front of her collapsed house in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture on April 15, 2016.

Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents examined the widespread damage from an unusually strong earthquake in wh(...)

Local residents near a collapsed wall after an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan,   April 14th, 2016. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A series of earthquakes has struck southern Japan today. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, registering the most (...)

Japan’s Prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo

Japan’s parliament approved on Tuesday a record 96.72 trillion yen ($851.5 billion) state budget for fiscal 2016, paving the way for a fully-fledged d(...)

Paul Krugman does not go ignored in Japan. Photograph: Reuters/Franck Robichon/Pool
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Image of the week: Rock-star economist Paul Krugman is big in Japan. The Nobel Prize-winning economist was in Tokyo this week to have a chat about (...)

Pepper humanoids from Japan’s Softbank: robots are likely to aid rather than replace healthcare professionals. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

Green-eyed, diminutive and chatty, Pepper takes a break from his tireless singing and dancing: “You guys seem to be foreigners – where are you from?” (...)