Monday’s batch of economic data from China added to worries about the health of the world’s second-largest economy and only increased calls for more policy easing from China. (Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty)

Asian stocks started a new month on a cautious note on Monday, with the Bank of Japan’s surprise policy easing sparking some buying but further signs(...)

  Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, speaks during a panel session on the closing day at the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Jean Christophe Bott/EPA

The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with another bold move to revive the economy as (...)

 A statue of a girl symbolising the issue of ’comfort women’ in front of the Japanese Embassy on Monday in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of “comfort women”, as those who were forced to work in Japan’s war(...)

Tepco workers standing before the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 28th, 2012. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

David McNeill in Tokyo The Japanese government says it has agreed to compensate a man who contracted leukemia while working at the Fukushima Daiichi n(...)

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 (...)

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) may face legal challenge over Bills. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The dust is settling from a marathon and sometimes chaotic parliamentary battle over security Bills allowing Japanese troops to fight abroad for th(...)

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 recent visitor casts a shadow on the ground at Nagasaki’s Peace Park, southwestern Japan. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Kuniyoshi Aikawa was 12 when he heard the drone of a B-29 US bomber flying over Hiroshima. The atomic bomb it dropped from its payload would kill or i(...)

Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

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(...)