Mitsubishi headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Shares plunged more than 15 per cent after the car maker announced it has mishandled fuel economy test data. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Mitsubishi Motors’s disclosure that it manipulated fuel-economy tests risks putting the Japanese carmaker back in a familiar position: needing help fr(...)

 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 (...)

Oil prices edged down as investors took profits after crude soared more than 6 per cent on Friday

World markets struggled for direction on Monday, with renewed strength in the yen, government bonds and gold pointing to heightened caution among inve(...)

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(...)

A sculpture  at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre in Nanjing, China. China applied to Unesco to list material relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and wartime sex slavery the Memory of the World programme. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Tensions between China and Japan are intensifying again after Beijing accused Tokyo of trying to block China’s application to Unesco to list material (...)

Anti-tank missiles are displayed at the military parade in Beijing on September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

China put on a muscular display of military might in a parade in Beijing to mark the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second World War 70 years ag(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (right, front) and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi (centre) arrive at a news conference, at Mr Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe asked US vice president Joe Biden on Wednesday for an investigation into possible spying on high-level Japanese gov(...)