Japan

Prabowo Subianto launches court challenge to Joko Widodo's presidential victory

Michael Bachelard Losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will challenge the result of the election in the country’s constitutional court, citing “irregularities” that his team says...

Japan issues tsunami warning after strong quake near Fukushima

The troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant at Okuma, northern Japan.

A minor tsunami hit Japan early on Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the north-eastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear...

Abe's party loses local vote after Japan's security policy shift

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A candidate from Japan's ruling party has lost a race for a governorship, apparently in a reaction at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to end a policy that has kept the military from fighting...

Half a million told to evacuate as typhoon Neoguri approaches Japan

Typhoon Neoguri in the Pacific Ocean, approaching Japan on its northward journey.

Japan is bracing for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri heads towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly...

Typhoon Neoguri weakens to tropical storm as Japan evacuates 90,000

People holding umbrellas walk against strong winds and heavy rain brought about by Typhoon Neoguri on a street in Naha, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa.

Jacob Adelman and Brian K. Sullivan Typhoon Neoguri weakened to a tropical storm as it moved toward Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu after prompting the evacuation of almost 90,000 people amid threats of floods and landslides.

Japan changes constitution to allow military to fight abroad for first time since 1945

Around 10,000 demonstrators gathered in front of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s residence in protest.

Martin Fackler Japan takes a historic step away from its post-war pacifism in a move that has riled China and worries many Japanese voters.

Japan poised to ease constitution's limits on military

Ending the ban would be a win for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Linda Sieg Japan's cabinet was poised to end a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War II, a major shift away from post-war pacifism.

Japan eases North Korea sanctions after abductee investigation promised

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the investigation by North Korea is

Isabel Reynolds and Maiko Takahashi Japan will ease sanctions on North Korea after the isolated nation said it would start a new investigation into abductees and other Japanese citizens living there.

Japan cracks down on cute mascots

Hundreds of cuddly mascots are facing the chop after Japan's finance ministry ordered local authorities nationwide to cut back in their use.

Meet Kodomoroid, Japan's android newsreader

The new face of newsreaders? Photographers gather around female-announcer robot called Otonaroid, second right, and a girl robot called Kodomoroid, right.

Japanese scientists have unveiled what they say is the world's first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.

Wild boar attacks cameraman in Japan

Boar

Colin Cosier A wild boar has been filmed terrorising a Japanese neighbourhood and attacking a television cameraman.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe vows to resume whaling

Tokyo Japan's Prime Minister says he will boost efforts to restart commercial whaling, despite a top UN court's order that Tokyo must stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

Japan protests China's near-miss flybys over East China Sea

The latest incident involved a Su-27 jet fighter, similar to this one.

Martin Fackler Japan protested to Beijing on Wednesday after Chinese fighter jets flew within 30 metres of Japanese military planes in airspace claimed by both nations.

Justin Bieber visits Japan's Yasukuni Shrine

Bieber

Adam Taylor Justin Bieber has a habit of getting into trouble, but nothing may have quite prepared the Canadian pop star for the scale of the geopolitical situation he just got himself into in Japan.

Japan debates lowering voting age

The country's minimum voting age looks set to be lowered from 20 to 18 in 2018 for Japanese national referendums.

3D-printed guns show up in Japan

Seized plastic guns produced by a 3D printer are displayed at a police station in Yokohama.

Blueprints to create a handgun with a 3D printer were downloaded through the internet to at least eight personal computers in Japan.

Japan freezes soil to protect groundwater from Fukushima disaster

Japan's Industry Ministry showed the news media a site testing underground walls of frozen soil, the fully fledged version to begin construction next month to prevent groundwater from mixing with...

Matildas confident of Asian Cup upset against Japan

Adrian Warren Australia's attack-minded Matildas are confident they possess the firepower to topple world champions Japan in Sunday's Asian Cup women's final in Vietnam.

Chinese fighters fly within 30 metres of plane, Japan claims

Kiyoshi Takenaka Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen metres of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said, prompting the Defence Minister to accuse Beijing of going "over the...

North Korea agrees to reopen investigation into Japan abductees, Shinzo Abe says

Elaine Lies and Tetsushi Kajimoto North Korea agrees to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, signalling a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.