News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a shiver through the global diplomatic community today, by explicitly comparing tensions between Tokyo and Beijing to animosity between European powers in the run-up to the First World War.

Japanese government aide quits over nuclear crisis

Criticism of the Japanese government's handling of the radiation crisis at a nuclear power plant has increased after an adviser quit in protest over what he claimed were unsafe, slipshod measures.

Farmers rally at Tepco head office in Tokyo

Angry farmers brought two cows to Tokyo yesterday, shouting and punching the air to demand compensation for products contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima plant.

Fight to stop Fukushima radiation leaks 'could take nine months'

Aftershocks and power cuts hamper 'cold shutdown' of stricken nuclear plant

Nuclear plant evacuees call for bigger payouts

The operator of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant said yesterday it would pay an initial £7,400 for each household that was forced to evacuate because of leaking radiation – a handout some displaced families said was too little.

Japan orders compensation for nuclear plant evacuees

Japan's government ordered the operator of a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant today to pay £7,330 to each household forced to evacuate because of leaking radiation, but some of the displaced criticised the handout as too little.

Their country may be shattered, but their spirit is unbroken

David McNeill reveals how the stoicism of his neighbours in Japan has moved him to tears

Living in the aftermath of the apocalypse

Minamisoma City was left to fend for itself after the tsunami. But now it is slowly returning to life. David McNeill reports

Japan to scrap four of the six stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima plant

Officials consider entombing plant as workers battle radiation

How a traumatised Tokyo kept calm and carried on

Touring his adopted city, David McNeill finds a people slowly adjusting to a new reality of power cuts and food shortages

Workers flee Fukushima after radiation readings soar

Emergency workers fled from one of Fukushima's stricken nuclear reactors yesterday, after contaminated water in the cooling system was apparently found to be 10 million times more radioactive than normal, only for officials to later say that the reading might have been inaccurate.

Search for survivors hampered by radiation

The search for bodies and survivors of this month's huge earthquake and tsunami in Japan is being hampered by growing fears of radiation leaking from the stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima.

Murky past of Japan's troubled nuclear industry revealed

The main nuclear power operator has cut corners over the years – with the government's knowledge. Daniel Howden reports in Fukushima prefecture

Babies at risk from tainted tap water, Tokyo parents warned

Japan's spreading nuclear contamination has reached the water supply of the world's largest metropolis, prompting the government to advise against giving tap water to babies.

Japan nuclear plant operator missed inspections

Japan's nuclear safety agency says the operator of the country's troubled nuclear complex repeatedly failed to make crucial inspections of equipment in the weeks before it was crippled by the earthquake and tsunami.

Hope returns to Japan as nuclear fears abate

Engineers stabilise reactor and are confident electricity will soon be restored, but the human misery continues
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