Residents heading for a makeshift evacuation centre in Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

The desperate search for survivors intensified on Sunday in the splintered remains of buildings destroyed by Japan’s deadly earthquake and authoritie(...)

Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, August 15th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Japan warned on Saturday that a volcano 50 kilometres from a just-restarted nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity, and said nearby re(...)

Japan’s  economy, trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi (centre), wearing a protective suit and a mask, inspects  the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on September 7th last. After months of pressure the government was finally forced last week to release a transcript of interviews with the manager of the plant at the time of the disaster there in 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

In the pantheon of Fukushima heroes, Masao Yoshida stands taller than almost everyone else.As manager of the crippled Daiichi plant in 2011, he was th(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has promised his government will stand on the front lines of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, saying it can no longer (...)

A worker near tanks filled with radioactive water earlier this year at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan. Photograph: Noboru Hashimto/New York Times

A leak of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be the beginning of a new crisis at the crippled facility, Japa(...)

Workers wearing protective suits and masks as they work on contaminated water storage tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has upgraded its alert level for radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, underlying the deepening crisis at t(...)

An aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with (...)

An aerial view shows workers wearing protective suits and masks work at a construction site of the shore barrier to stop radioactive water from leaking into the sea, at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in FukushimaPhotograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most s(...)