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(...)

Smoke billowing from a plant in Tokyo bay. The 9.6 per cent annual rise in exports in October was more than double the 4.5 per cent gain expected by economists

Japanese exports grew in October at the fastest pace in eight months in an encouraging sign that global demand could help the country recover from an(...)

Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

The news that Japan, the world’s third largest economy has slipped into a technical recession is not only grim for Tokyo but for the world economy an(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has called a snap election in the wake of figures showing  the country has tipped into recession. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap general election following the release of surprise data showing the world’s third-largest economy(...)

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

In the runup to the Apec meeting in Beijing, we mentioned how China’s relations and trading ambitions with Japan and Korea were going to be a big issu(...)

Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for prime minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election half-way through his term. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s conservative government is preparing to call a snap general election after the release of GDP figures showed the economy has slipped into rece(...)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (left) and China’s President Xi Jinping shaking hands during an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Via The New York Times

The awkward gesture suggested deep divisions, but Chinese president Xi Jinping shook hands with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the Asia-Pacifi(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/EPA

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held breakthrough formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders (...)

 Samsung: building production facilities in China.  Photograph: EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China’s economic growth is showing signs of flagging, but that has not deterred South Korean companies from stepping up their interest in the world’s (...)