Adviser recommended that immigrants in the world’s third-largest economy be separated by race
Country becomes thrust into the dangers of geopolitical entanglement with the second apparent murder by Isis of one of its own
Arab state shifts usual hardline stance to negotiate giving jihadists a failed suicide bomber, as new audio message, purportedly from Japanese hostage, demands that exchange must take place by sunset on Thursday
Japan has been trying to leverage its influence in the Middle East
He’s called Pepper, stands 3ft 11in tall, and knows when you’re feeling sad. David McNeill tests the mettle of one of the new generation of androids being developed in Tokyo
The country will now be able to engage in collective self-defence and come to the aid of a military ally who is under attack, but the move has proved to be bitterly divisive
At least 600 children a year fall victim to paedophile directors and photographers
Tolerated for much of the postwar period, the mob is finally being brought to heel by the authorities
A beauty queen is in hiding after exposing a major talent agency’s alleged links to a crime syndicate
Five of the seven officials who walked alongside Kim Jong-il’s hearse in December 2011 have been killed, purged or sent to labour camps
Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle branded 'traitor for all ages'
State secrecy law carrying threat of 10-year jail term criticised as attack on democracy but PM denies trying to gag press
Decision seen as another sign that engineers are losing control over the leaks
Masked workers found puddles with radiation readings of 100 millisieverts an hour – enough to induce radiation sickness in less than 12 hours
City of Kesennuma decides 360-ton tuna boat that was washed a kilometre inshore is not a fitting memorial to the 19,000 victims
The Mayor of Nagasaki launched a blistering attack on Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, accusing him of not doing enough to abolish nuclear weapons as the country marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city.