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(...)

A pedestrian passes  a large screen in Tokyo on Wednesday showing television news reports about Japanese hostage Kenji Goto who has been kidnapped by the Islamic State group. Photograph: Agencies

The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying h(...)

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media,  showing  Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has expressed anger early at a video purporting to show the killing of a Japanese citizen by Islamic State militan(...)

 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 (...)

Filipina former ‘comfort women’, who were forced to serve for the Japanese Army as sex slaves during the second World War, stage a demonstration outside the Japanese embassy in Pasay city, south of Manila in the Philippines. Photograph: Denis M Sabangan/EPA

In Korea they call them halmoni or grandmothers – although many are so scarred mentally and(...)

A handout picture provided by the Sea Shepherd Conservation organization shows the selection process of dolphins, during the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan today. Photograph: EPA

In an unusual move, US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local(...)

Rescue workers recover the body of a victim from a site that was damaged by a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha in Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Typhoon Wipha passed through Japan’s east coast today, killing at least eight and leaving 37 missing in heavy rainfall and landslides. Hundreds of fli(...)