Citizens demonstrate against new US military base construction in Henoko. Over 70% of voters refused such base building in the February, 2019 referendum. Photograph: Jinhee Lee/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty

Would Northern Ireland’s civil rights movement ever have secured equal rights for nationalists if it wasn’t for the IRA’s armed campaign? Come to that(...)

Joshua Wong, secretary-general and co-founder of  Demosisto, right, and Agnes Chow, a pro-democracy activist, left, after being granted bail, in Hong Kong on Friday. Photograph: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Joshua Wong Wong was a key student leader during pro-democracy protests in 2014 that paralysed parts of Hong Kong for 70 days in what came to be known(...)

Customers wait in line to use an automated teller machine (ATM) at a Japan Post Co branch in Hachioji. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In early July, the 61-year-old chief executive of 7pay appeared on TV to apologise after the launch of one of Japan’s most hotly-anticipated mobile pa(...)

The stricken   Fukushima  nuclear power plant in  2011. The accident at the   plant was unleashed by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Photograph:  Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, was gamely trying to make a virtue out of a catastrophic liab(...)

 Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson used his new year column in the “Daily Telegraph” to lambast the Japanese for refusing to ban whale harpooning. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

I’m longing for a glimpse of Boris Johnson to see if he managed to keep the weight off over the holidays. Just before Christmas he wrote a diary piece(...)

Whaling ship Nisshin Maru, berths at a whaling festival in Kagoshima, Japan, in 2008. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunts, its fisheries agency has said. The agency said of(...)

Japan’s big three telecom operators plan not to use current equipment and upcoming  5G gear from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s big three telecom operators plan not to use current equipment and upcoming fifth-generation (5G) gear from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE(...)

Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono and China’s foreign minister Wang Yi meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Getty Images

China has urged regional rival Japan to work with it to get strained relations between the two Asian giants back on to a normal track, as Japan’s fore(...)

Chinese  president Xi Jinping during a visit to Huawei Technologies: Beijing’s leadership is driving national policies to build globally competitive companies but there is   no such vision  among   European leaders. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty

My first job, after leaving University, was as a junior official in the European Commission in Brussels. It was 1983, and I joined the task force of t(...)

US president Donald Trump and Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. The president said Mr Abe “is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment from the United States”. Photograph:  Kiyoshi Ota/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has used his first visit to Japan as American president to single out the chronic trade imbalance between the two countries, but said a (...)

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