A flame is ignited at the Olympic cauldron, which was used at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, at National Stadium in Tokyo to celebrate the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics on Sunday.

Tokyo was selected on Saturday to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in what was considered a safe rather than transformative choice in a time of political(...)

Supporters gather at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

The revelations over the past week about the scale of NSA surveillance of global digital communications is likely to be seen as a pivotal moment in th(...)

Japan’s Nikkei index slid more than 3% on Monday, extending last week’s severe volatility and leading investors to worry that a bout of profit-taking had turned into lasting doubts about economic growth and appetite for risk

Japan’s effort to get its economy moving entered difficult terrain last week. Bond yields rose and stock prices fell. Some promptly declared “Abenomic(...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda today expressed confidence the central bank can stem bond market volatility with flexible market operat(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Gold rebounded more than 1 per cent after falling to two-year lows , although caution prevailed among investors worried over the health of the(...)

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has launched a monetary policy revolution. He has ended two decades of caution, during which the bank declared itself helpless to end deflation.

Haruhiko Kuroda, the new governor of the Bank of Japan, has launched a monetary policy revolution. He has ended two decades of caution, during (...)

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with US ambassador to Japan John Roos as they announce  a US-Japan agreement on the return of some of the US bases in Okinawa in Tokyo today. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

The United States and Japan have announced an agreement for the return to Japan of a US air base, taking a step to resolving an issue that has (...)

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