The Games will not now take place in 2020, but will happen no later than the summer of 2021.
Tue, 24 Mar, 2020
Irish athletes are starting to add their voices to the calls for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone this summer's Games in Tokyo.
Mon, 23 Mar, 2020
Mon, 16 Mar, 2020
Governments should rely on fiscal rather than monetary measures when responding to natural disasters or epidemics such as the new COVID-19, writes Koichi Hamada
Thu, 05 Mar, 2020
Irish tourism chiefs are on high alert over the summer season as question marks were raised for the first time about major global sporting events, including the Olympics -- if the coronavirus threat is not contained.
Fri, 28 Feb, 2020
Mitsuru Kitano, the new Japanese ambassador to Ireland, was hopeful of a good performance from his side as he opened his residence to host his first official event last week.
Mon, 30 Sep, 2019
Whaling boats embarked on their first commercial hunts since 1988 on Monday.
Mon, 01 Jul, 2019
Asia has long benefitted from the movement of goods and people and is advocating a similar policy for data, ‘free flow with trust’, saysahead of the G20 summit
Mon, 24 Jun, 2019
In a midsummer week that may culminate when — if — the sinister buffoon Boris Johnson becomes the 14th British prime minister of Queen Elizabeth’s near seven-decade reign, it is not hard to argue that politics have failed.
Mon, 17 Jun, 2019
Promoting a new nuclear deal would not lead to normalisation of diplomatic ties with Iran, but it would dramatically reduce the chance of war, writes.
Mon, 17 Jun, 2019
Trump has exposed rifts within America’s alliances when it comes to the North Korean nuclear issue. By contrast, Kim Jong-un is building ties with China and Russia, writes
Thu, 30 May, 2019
Toyota and Honda forecast profit and sales short of analysts’ estimates as a trade spat between the US and China threatens global car sales already sputtering from weaker demand.
Thu, 09 May, 2019
Japan's government has apologised to tens of thousands of people who were forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct eugenics law, designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants", and promised to pay compensation.
Wed, 24 Apr, 2019
China's slowing growth, Brexit woes and US-China trade disputes pose risks to the world economy, Japan's prime minister has said.
Wed, 23 Jan, 2019
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, the country’s 125th, is to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in April, which will make him the first emperor to do so in over two centuries.
Thu, 27 Dec, 2018
On Friday the US and Canada resolved enough differences to trigger a statement from US president Donald Trump to Congress that he intends to keep Canada as part of the new North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), setting in motion a 90-day clock for the parties to sign the agreement, writes John Whelan.
Mon, 03 Sep, 2018
The EU and Japan have signed a wide-ranging free-trade deal that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by US president Donald Trump.
Wed, 18 Jul, 2018
After six years of seclusion, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to want to get out and see the world.
Wed, 28 Mar, 2018
US vice president Mike Pence is using his appearance at the Winter Olympics to call on the international community to get tougher on North Korea's nuclear ambitions and human rights abuses.
Fri, 09 Feb, 2018
The US is preparing to announce the "toughest and most aggressive" economic sanctions against North Korea, boosting pressure on the regime during the Winter Olympics, Mike Pence has said.
Wed, 07 Feb, 2018
Japan's Emperor Akihito will abdicate in 2019 - becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries.
Fri, 01 Dec, 2017
Donald Trump has pushed for equitable trade deals and opted to prioritise strategic interests over human rights during a meeting with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte in Manila.
Mon, 13 Nov, 2017
President Donald Trump said efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons programme would be "front and centre" of his two-day visit to South Korea and he projected optimism that the rising tensions could be calmed.
Tue, 07 Nov, 2017
Donald Trump has said North Korea is "a threat to the civilised world" and vowed that the US "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its allies.
Mon, 06 Nov, 2017
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to tackle what he called Japan's two national crises: the military threat from North Korea and an ageing and shrinking population.
Mon, 23 Oct, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, paving the way for a snap election on October 22.
Thu, 28 Sep, 2017
US President Donald Trump's insult, calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man", makes "our rocket's visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more", North Korea's foreign minister said.
Sat, 23 Sep, 2017
President Donald Trump has ordered new sanctions on individuals, companies, and banks doing business with North Korea as the US increases pressure on Pyongyang for its weapons programmes.
Fri, 22 Sep, 2017
President Donald Trump has announced a new order to help the US target people, companies and banks financing and facilitating trade with North Korea.
Thu, 21 Sep, 2017
North Korea has fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean - the second such test in recent weeks.
Fri, 15 Sep, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for talks with North Korea, saying sanctions are not a solution to the country's nuclear and missile development.
Wed, 06 Sep, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has reacted to North Korea's latest nuclear test by saying threats to the United States and its allies "will be met with a massive military response".
Sun, 03 Sep, 2017
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country's state media has said.
Sun, 03 Sep, 2017
Japan's deputy prime minister has retracted a comment that seemed to praise the motives of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Wed, 30 Aug, 2017
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said Britain stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan in efforts to put an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.
Fri, 21 Jul, 2017
US president Donald Trump has described his lengthy head-to-head encounter with Russian president Vladimir Putin as a "tremendous meeting".
Sat, 08 Jul, 2017
Fri, 07 Jul, 2017
: North Korea's has claimed to have launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile in what is seen as a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington.
Tue, 04 Jul, 2017
Japan and the EU could forge a trade agreement later this week, officials said.
Mon, 03 Jul, 2017
North Korea has test-launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.
Sun, 14 May, 2017
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe have discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty.
Thu, 27 Apr, 2017
His blunder is the latest in a string of remarks and scandals that have plagued the government in recent months.
Wed, 26 Apr, 2017
Japan is ending its peacekeeping mission in troubled South Sudan after five years, prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced.
Fri, 10 Mar, 2017