Richard Wakely, artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival

Richard Wakely does not express frustration often. If anything, the artistic director and chief executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival (...)

Musicians playing at a St Patrick’s Day event in Tokyo. Photograph: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Japan

As part of his practice regime for this month’s Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda, Taro Nagata hauls his fiddle up into the Alps in Nagano Prefecture in centr(...)

Workers and media at the construction site of the new National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics: site has been designed to allow “breezes to pass through” and will have about 180 large fans. Photograph:  Issei Kato

The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally thinking about the city’s punishing heat. Freakish weather dominates the news in Japan this mo(...)

A pamphlet featuring Shinzo Abe at  a campaign rally in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Sunday, October 15th: Mr Abe looks set to retain his coalition’s dominant position in parliament. Photograph: Eiji Ohashi/Bloomberg

A few months ago, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was on the political ropes, fighting accusations of cronyism and corruption. Now, the Liberal Dem(...)

A care worker wearing   Cyberdyne’s robot suit which learns a  user’s motion and assists their movements. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

In depopulated rural Japan, a drone flies to a remote farm and drops off a prescription for a bed-ridden patient. A plastic sensor attached to her bod(...)

More and more, health technologies originally viewed as futuristic  have become reality. Photograph: Carmen Murillo/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Last year, it was reported that supercomputer IBM Watson diagnosed a rare form of leukaemia in a patient at a University of Tokyo-affiliated hospital (...)

Takaaki Kajit,   who has won the Nobel Prize for Physics with Arthur McDonald. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Two scientists from Japan and from Canada have won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discoveries related to the elusive, fast-moving neutrino. Tak(...)

Copies of the Financial Times  sit in a rack at a newsstand in London. Concerns have been raised over the ’pink paper’s new owner

The decision by the Nikkei group, publisher of Japan’s top financial newspaper, to pay £844 million (€1.2 billion) for one of the marquee brands in gl(...)

Chiaki Kitajima, an advertising executive who had to fight her bosses for support once she became pregnant, picks up two of her three sons at a school in Yokohama, Japan. Juggling work and family has long been especially difficult in Japan, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do more for women like Kitajima as part of a broader effort to re-energize the economy. (Photograph: Ko Sasaki/The New York Times)

When she was pregnant with the first of her three sons, Chiaki Kitajima, an advertising executive in Yokohama, said her bosses were shocked that ra(...)

Peter MacMillan: Now a regular cultural commentator on television, where his fluid, scholarly Japanese astonishes viewers

Artist, poet, scholar and garlanded translator, Peter MacMillan has come a very long way from his childhood in the Kildare countryside, growing up in (...)

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