Over the next decade, the population of over-75s in greater Tokyo will grow by 1.75 million, think-tank the Japan Policy Council has warned. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

In Japanese folklore, families long ago supposedly took their old into remote areas and left them to die. The government was forced this month to den(...)

Japanese ambassador Chihiro Atsumi throws a stone into a stream at the opening of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A memorial garden in honour of one of the most famous Irishmen to have lived in Japan has been opened in Tramore. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden(...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

“He is the writer in our language who can best be compared with Hans Christian Andersen and the brothers Grimm” - US literary historian Malcolm Cowle(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe walks towards a memorial to lay flowers for victims of the second World War Battle of Okinawa during a memorial service on Tuesday. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe was heckled and jeered at a tense commemoration on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa. A(...)

Japanese tenor  Tatsuya Higuchi and South Korean soprano  Sumi Jo perform as part of a gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Japan and South Korea’s resumption of normal ties,  in Tokyo on June 22nd. Photograph: Reuters/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

South Korea and Japan marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on Monday with a push to mend relations strained by feuds over the legacy of Japa(...)

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (seen here with his  Croatian counterpart,  Zoran Milanovic), is pushing for changes in the constitution so that the government could deploy the military if the country’s ‘existence’ is threatened. Photograph: EPA/Thomas Peter/Pool

Japan’s parliament is debating what many consider its most important legislation since the second World War. Prime minister Shinzo Abe wants to allow (...)

Japan’s Taro Aso and South Korea’s Choi Kyung-Hwan: with China they are in dispute over second World War memories. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

East Asia’s three leading powers have long sparred over how to remember the first half of the 20th century. Now, as the 70th anniversary of Japan’s su(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: His cabinet has approved Bills to implement a drastic shift in security policy allowing the military to fight abroad for the first time since the second World War. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan has sent another signal it is pulling away from its pacifist moorings with its first international defence show. The three-day event, hosting to(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry toasts Japan’s prime minister  Shinzo Abe at a luncheon  in honour of Japan  Department of State in Washington on Tuesday. Abe returns home  with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe returns home this weekend from a United States tour with his political fortunes elevated – at least abroad. The tou(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters.

Prime minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in the second World War in a speech to the US Congress on Wednesday, even as h(...)