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Japan self-defence forces evacuate a flooded area during search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images.

The death toll has risen to 35 and 17 people remain missing as Japan deals with the destructive Typhoon Hagibis. Rescue crew dug through mudslides an(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery with Josh Van der Flier, Niall Scannell, Luke McGrath and Robbie Henshaw in the game against Samoa in Fukuoka City on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

And so it has come to pass, as has seemed both inevitable and a tad daunting, for the last two weeks. If this Ireland are to boldly go where no Irish (...)

Japan’s Kenki Fukuoka   touches down to score their fourth try against Scotland. Photograph:   Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By half-time in Yokohama you couldn’t but rethink your choice of couch attire for what was the final game in Pool A, possibly even deciding to swap yo(...)

People in a street covered with mud in Kawasaki, near Tokyo: typhoon Hagibis hit Japan provoking landslides and overflowing rivers. Photograph: Jiji Press

The vast majority of people in Tokyo watched the destruction wrought by the weekend’s typhoon in the same way as people around the world: on their tel(...)

Rescue personnel use boats to evacuate people and care-givers from the Kawagoe Kings Garden elderly care centre in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture, on Sunday. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP via Getty Images

At least 33 people have died and many others others are missing after one of the most powerful typhoons in decades struck wide areas of Japan’s main i(...)

Japan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka scores a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A match against  Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Japan 28 Scotland 21 Some days a country is unbeatable. Ireland against England under Croke Park’s glare in 2007. New Zealand the week after any All (...)

Fans arrive at the Yokohama Stadium for Japan’s clash with Scotland. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Scotland’s Rugby World Cup fate will be decided on the pitch after their Group A clash with Japan was given the go-ahead following a stadium inspectio(...)

A man walks through debris of damaged houses by a tornado caused by typhoon Hagibis in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, October 12th 2019. Photograph: EPA/Jiji Press

One man was killed and more than 3 million people were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday, bringi(...)

‘The airport? I don’t know where you get your ideas from!’

Sorcha is busy baking. Yeah, no, Mount Anville are planning to create a giant school logo made up of thousands and thousands of green and white, glute(...)

A woman waves a fishermen’s flag ahead of the Fiji and Uruguay match  in Kamaishi last month. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Takeshi Nagata scrolls through his phone, checking forecasts. His face turns pensive. It’s a crystalline autumn Wednesday lunchtime in Tohoku, Japan’s(...)

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