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(...)

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan. Photograph: Reuters

Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and cancelled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday,(...)

Robot-run hotel: the Henn-na’s dinosaur receptionist. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The receptionist at our Tokyo hotel is a little intimidating. Though polite, he growls our room number through razor-sharp teeth and leers at us with (...)

Japanese retail sales growth accelerated for the third straight month in September in an encouraging sign that consumer spending could be strong enoug(...)

A woman passes a store in Tokyo.  Household spending fell 5.9 per cent in July from a year earlier, new figures show.

Japanese household spending fell much more than expected and factory output remained weak in July after plunging in June, government data showed, sugg(...)

People work on a gondola next to a construction site in Tokyo. Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the economy has enough momentum to withstand an expected hit from a sales tax hike scheduled for April. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the(...)

Honda Motor Co’s interactive robot Asimo gestures while talking with visitors at a demonstration event at the Miraikan science museum, in Tokyo

Z -MachinesHow many rock drummers have wished for more arms? The drummer in Japanese band Z-Machines has six. Mach, the group’s guitarist, has 78 fing(...)