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(...)

President Barack Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve later today, administration officials said last night, ending an unusually public search to fill one of the most important economic policy-making jobs in the world. Photograph: Mary F Calvert/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will nominate Fed number two Janet Yellen today to run the world’s most influential central bank, providing some relief to m(...)

Workers remove  topsoil last month from  a garden behind a house  in Naraha, Japan, which was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant today said another tank holding highly contaminated water has overflowed, probably sending t(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has promised his government will stand on the front lines of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, saying it can no longer (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference during the 46th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photograph: Ahim Rani/Reuters.

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, US secretary of state(...)

 Shinzo Abe poses inside the cockpit of a T-4 training jet. The photograph sparked uproar   in South Korea and China as the number 731 reminded  many of the infamous Japanese bio-warfare Unit 731, which carried out experiments on live prisoners and unleashed a plague on Chinese civilians.  Photograph:  Reuters
Letter from Tokyo

Japanese leaders rarely pose anywhere near army hardware, part of the country’s postwar taboo on overt displays of militarism. So when a grinni(...)

A leakage detection unit (centre) at an underground water storage tank  at Tepco’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Photograph: Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout/Reuters

The company responsible for the Japanese nuclear power plant destroyed by a tsunami two years ago said today it is losing faith in temporary st(...)