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Houses destroyed by a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Kanzaki, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan. Photograph: Jiji Press Japan/EPA

Torrential rain lashed much of Japan on Sunday, submerging roads and buildings in the western part of the country, while three people were feared dead(...)

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga: Not in any immediate danger of losing his job, according to analysts. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshihide Suga has suffered a setback in his first electoral test as Japan’s prime minister after opposition parties won a string of victories in byel(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during his press conference  in Tokyo on Friday. Photograph: Franck Robichon/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

After Shinzo Abe returned to office in December 2012, he famously made a pilgrimage to the tomb of his grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, where he pledged t(...)

A resident wades through flood water caused by torrential rains to go to their home in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Torrential rain that caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving north-east on Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, swelling(...)

A view of Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, the day before a permanent ban on climbing the monolith takes effect. Photograph: Stefica Bikes/Reuters

Indigenous traditional owners in Ausrtralia have watched tourists climb over their sacred rock Uluru for the final time after years of pleading for pe(...)

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.

Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent h(...)

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(...)

One fixed package includes an optional DVD, in which the soon-to-be-bereaved sends posthumous greetings and a digital trip down memory lane

Sobbing relatives huddled in grief; a final kiss on the frigid forehead of the deceased, the solemn march to the graveyard. For millions of people, th(...)

A hiker is lifted by a rescue helicopter of Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) during a rescue operation at Mt Ontake. Photograph: Reuters

The bodies of 31 people have been found near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted unexpectedly yesterday while it was packed with hikers out t(...)

Authorities are predicting more eruptions and warning of ash and debris in neighbouring areas of Mount Ontake, located between Gifu and Nagano prefectures. Photograph: Toshinko Kawaguchi/EPA

A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion today, catching mountain climbers by surprise and injuring at least 40 people who were stran(...)

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