Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito wave to the crowd during the new year’s greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see his final new year’s appearance before abdicating in several months. “I am (...)

Emperor Akihito delivers his last birthday speech next to Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

More than 82,000 well-wishers paid their respects to Japan’s Emperor Akihito who turned 85 on Sunday, his last birthday celebration at Tokyo’s Imperia(...)

US president Donald Trump and Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. The president said Mr Abe “is going to be purchasing massive amounts of military equipment from the United States”. Photograph:  Kiyoshi Ota/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has used his first visit to Japan as American president to single out the chronic trade imbalance between the two countries, but said a (...)