An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan was once at the front in the fight against climate change. When the climate debate began heating up in the 1990s, the country was one of the low(...)

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(...)

People observe a moment of silence facing the sea during a rally at 2:46 pm, the time when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Japan is marking the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and more tha(...)