Tokyo Stock Exchange  staff members work at the bourse. Japan’s Nikkei share average tumbled 2.5 per cent  after Wall Street dived on deepening worries about weak global demand
US markets open sharply lower

US markets opened sharply lower at 2.30pm GMT after the S&P 500 closed at its lowest in six months, amid concerns about weak global demand and (...)

A protester burns a portrait of Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, with the Chinese characters ‘Shameful’ written on it, outside the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

China stepped up its anti-Japanese rhetoric yesterday, taking the opportunity of a visit by Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to lambast Japan for(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister: visited the Yasukuni Shrine on December 26th last. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Yasukuni Shrine, where 14 Class A war criminals and over 1,000 Class B and Class C war criminals (defined as those who committed “crimes against p(...)

Yokohama and Mount Fuji: “Given its demography, Japan would do well to attain growth of 1-1.5 per cent a year. The country will be unable to combine economic dynamism with fiscal consolidation without a rise in consumption’s share in GDP.” Photograph: Getty Images

The predominant concern of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, is with the decline of his country’s economy relative to China’s. This explains “Abenom(...)

(From right), Lt-Cmdr K Suzuki with Shoji Otake, Japanese consul on Cebu  and Gsugomu Nakagawa, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Manila. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

A small and not insignificant moment in history was passed this weekend at the Philippines Air Force base adjoining Cebu Airport on Cebu Island in the(...)

A flame is ignited at the Olympic cauldron, which was used at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, at National Stadium in Tokyo to celebrate the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics on Sunday.

Tokyo was selected on Saturday to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in what was considered a safe rather than transformative choice in a time of political(...)

Supporters gather at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

The revelations over the past week about the scale of NSA surveillance of global digital communications is likely to be seen as a pivotal moment in th(...)

Japan’s Nikkei index slid more than 3% on Monday, extending last week’s severe volatility and leading investors to worry that a bout of profit-taking had turned into lasting doubts about economic growth and appetite for risk

Japan’s effort to get its economy moving entered difficult terrain last week. Bond yields rose and stock prices fell. Some promptly declared “Abenomic(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda today expressed confidence the central bank can stem bond market volatility with flexible market operat(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Gold rebounded more than 1 per cent after falling to two-year lows , although caution prevailed among investors worried over the health of the(...)