Employees of Japanese noodle maker Nissin Foods Holdings, which sponsors Kei Nishikori, watch the final of the US Open. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese fans responded with groans and tears when Kei Nishikori was beaten in the final of the US Open last night, but took some consolation from the(...)

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus and suggested the sales tax should rise again to help government finances, despite market d(...)

A woman passes a store in Tokyo.  Household spending fell 5.9 per cent in July from a year earlier, new figures show.

Japanese household spending fell much more than expected and factory output remained weak in July after plunging in June, government data showed, sugg(...)

Japan Self-Defence Force soldiers search for survivors in the rain at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Heavy rain has delayed a search for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as op(...)

 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(...)