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Adi Roche with a teenager from the Chernobyl region of Belarus who visited Ireland through her Chernobyl Children International charity. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish ambassador to the United Nations Geraldine Byrne Nason should lead calls for the Chernobyl nuclear plant to be declared a “no-war zone”, Adi(...)

Negishi chief executive Eiji Negishi and executive officer Tsuyoshi Nakayama  on a visit to farmland in Castledermot, Co Kildare back in 2017. Photograph: Bord Bia

In 2017 a small party of Japanese executives strolled through the lush farmland of Castledermot, Co Kildare. Among them was the silver-haired Eiji Ne(...)

A street  blacked  out in Tokyo following the 7.3-magnitude earthquake. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

Households remained without power and companies worked to assess damages the morning after a powerful quake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit the northeast (...)

Surveillance camera footage showing a flare landing at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine during Russian shelling. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine’s president evoked the Chernobyl disaster as he condemned the attack by Russian forces on one of its nuclear power plants, the first time in h(...)

Toyota said  net profit jumped more than 460 per cent in the first quarter, boosted by strong sales fuelled by the recovery from the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP

Toyota Motor Corp posted a record quarterly profit on Wednesday and Honda Motor Co raised its annual profit estimate as pandemic-hit sales rebounded, (...)

People walk past a banner with the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hanging from the wall of the Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and two other regions amid a surge in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of(...)

 Shane Ryan: is now selected for the 100m backstroke for Tokyo, a place in the final certainly within reach of the 27-year-old. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The world is very different now. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to the Tokyo Olympics will light our country and all who serve it.(...)

Local residents release lanterns for earthquake and tsunami victims in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake which triggered a tsunami and nuclear disaster. Photograph: STR/Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

Ten years after the March 2011 meltdowns and explosions at Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear power plant, only one third of the 160,000 who fled their homes(...)

The main street of Namie in Fukushima prefecture. Just 1,200 of its 21,000 residents have so far returned. Photograph:   Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Ten years ago, Katsunobu Sakurai began another working day as mayor of Minamisoma, a small coastal city with roughly the same population as Galway. By(...)

The Japanese government has concluded that welcoming fans from abroad would not be possible, according to reports in Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan has decided to stage this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators due to concern among the Japanese public about Co(...)

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