Asia Pacific

Japan leads TPP talks to keep trade deal alive

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was supposed to be the world’s biggest trade agreement until President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it. The remaining 11 nations are moving forward with the deal, with negotiations in Japan this week.

Asia Pacific

Japan floods: Rescue workers find more bodies

Four bodies found in southern Japan, taking death toll from heavy rain to six with about 20 more missing, official says.

Japan floods: Rescue workers find more bodies

Asia Pacific

Japan-EU agree to massive free-trade deal

The European Union and Japan have agreed in principle to one of the largest free-trade deals to date. The so-called Economic Partnership Agreement is likely to give Japan's auto industry better access to European markets.

Asia Pacific

Japanese radio programme beamed into North Korea

A shortwave radio station in Japan is broadcasting messages to its citizens in North Korea, updating them about Pyongyang's missile launches and what to do in the event of US retaliation.

Asia Pacific

Japan PM's party defeated in Tokyo poll

Governor Yuriko Koike's party and its allies win majority of seats in Tokyo's assembly as Shinzo Abe's party slumps.

Japan PM's party defeated in Tokyo poll

Nuclear weapons

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

Japanese demand for private bomb shelters has grown as North Korea continues to carry out frequent missile tests.

North Korea threat boosts bomb shelter sales in Japan

Business & Economy

Japan's airbag firm Takata files for bankruptcy

Tokyo-based car-components manufacturer is facing lawsuits and costs over airbag defect linked to at least 16 deaths.

Japan's airbag firm Takata files for bankruptcy

Japan

Lives in limbo: Why Japan accepts so few refugees

People from all around the world seek asylum in Japan, but just 28 were accepted in 2016.

Lives in limbo: Why Japan accepts so few refugees

Asia Pacific

Missing US sailors' bodies found inside damaged ship

Sea and air search ends at site of collision off Japan's coast between USS Fitzgerald and a merchant ship on Saturday.

Missing sailors' bodies found in damaged USS Fitzgerald

Asia Pacific

Seven missing after US navy ship collision off Japan

US destroyer collides with Philippine-flagged vessel south of Tokyo Bay in Japan in rare incident on busy waterway.

Asia Pacific

Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

Government claims bill is necessary to tackle crime ahead of 2020 Olympics, but critics say it threatens human rights.

Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

Asia Pacific

New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 88-year-old Emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year. The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries.

Asia Pacific

Defiant North Korea launches multiple missiles

South Korea's military says the launch appears to be barrage of land-to-ship missiles fired off North's east coast.

Defiant North Korea launches multiple missiles

Asia Pacific

Japan threatens action after North Korea missile test

Prime Minister Abe says Japan 'will take concrete action with the US' after Scud missile crashes into Japanese waters.

Asia Pacific

North Korea fires Scud missile into Japanese waters

Short-range ballistic Scud missile landed in the Sea of Japan and was the third successful test in as many weeks.

North Korea fires missile in third test in three weeks