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(...)

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(...)