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

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Nuclear fission detected at Fukushima

The operator of the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant in Japan said yesterday that substances found in a reactor could be a result of nuclear fission, a possible setback in efforts to shut the plant down safely. But analysts said a higher risk of radiation was unlikely.

Killer typhoon brings more misery to Japan

Rescuers and search parties scoured central Japan today as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 26, adding more misery to a nation still reeling from its catastrophic tsunami six months ago.

Japan: 500,000 take part in quake drills

More than half a million people took part in annual drills across Japan yesterday to prepare for disasters.

Japan's new leader Yoshihiko Noda to tackle post-tsunami crisis

A hawkish fiscal and foreign policy conservative who supports nuclear power will be sworn in today as Japan's sixth prime minister in five years.

Japanese PM Kan stepping down

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

Japan sees credit rating downgraded

Moody's Investors Service downgraded Japan's credit rating, citing the country's weak growth prospects, massive government debt and constant political turmoil.

Japan set for a new Prime Minister say Cabinet

Japan will have a new prime minister by early next week, a Cabinet minister said today.

Japanese citizens hand in £50m found washed up by tsunami

Tens of thousands of citizens may have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but their public spirit appears undiminished, with news yesterday that good Samaritans have handed in millions of pounds found in safes and wallets amid the devastation.

The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown

Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail

Motorcycling: Radiation fears put Rossi off race

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi may miss the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix because of radiation concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

Tepco hit by £4.6bn quarterly loss

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, made a 571.8bn yen (£4.6bn) loss between April and June, as it put money aside to compensate the victims of the disaster at the plant.

Japan marks anniversary of Hiroshima bomb

Prime Minister Naoto Kan today took his campaign against nuclear energy in Japan to Hiroshima which 66 years ago became the world's first victim of an atomic bomb.

Japan's tsunami destroyed any hope for troubled project

A plant meant to make 120 tonnes of Mox a year managed just 13 tonnes in eight years

Video: Robot seal helps Japan victims

Two small white robotic seals are being used to comfort elderly victims of Japan's tsunami and earthquake.

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