Lee Yong-soo, who was forced to serve as a sex slave for Japanese troops during the second World War, speaks to the media after Seoul Central District Court dismissed the ‘comfort women’ case against Japan over wartime sex slavery. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty

A South Korean court has dismissed a lawsuit against Japan to compensate women forced to work in its second World War-era brothels. The ruling repres(...)

The Japanese government has denied reports Olympic athletes may get vaccines early. Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s government moved to cool a social media furore by saying it was not looking to prioritise Covid-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes, dismissing a(...)

Italy is experiencing a continued slowdown in the rate of its new confirmed coronavirus cases. Photograph: Reuters

Spain has become the third country to surpass China in coronavirus infections after the United States and Italy. With a population of only 47 million(...)

Passengers  seen on  deck of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty

Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with coronavirus have died, Japan’s Health Ministry said.(...)

Quarantine officials on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan. Photograph: David Abel/Facebook/PA Wire

China’s coronavirus outbreak poses a “very grave threat for the rest of the world” and should be viewed as “public enemy number one”, the head of the (...)