The indicators show China, Japan – and even the McDonald’s burger chain – are facing economic slowdown. How will the eurozone respond?
Scores dead as Japan suffers extreme weather
Up to 76 people are feared to have died and scores are missing amid unprecedented floods in western Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says rescue efforts are a “race against time”.
Japan calls North Korea’s latest missile an ‘unprecedented threat’
President Trump declared “all options” were on the table after North Korea fired a missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan
President Trump labels defence against North Korea threats a ‘very high priority’
North Korea has launched a ballistic missile off its eastern coast – in an apparent challenge to President Trump. News of the test launch came as Mr Trump was hosting Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan marks fifth anniversary of devastating tsunami
Japan remembers the thousands who were killed in an earthquake and tsunami five years ago that led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Japan commemorates devastating Hiroshima bomb
Tens of thousands gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima amid fears that 70 years later Japan is abandoning its pacifist constitution.
Mount Shindake: volcano erupts on Japanese island
More than 130 residents on a remote Japanese island are evacuated and flights diverted after a volcano suddenly erupts on Friday morning.
Islamic State hostage takings – a timeline
The latest video of 21 Egyptians being beheaded in Libya is part of Islamic State’s tactic to gain funding and spread fear through the threat of the knife.
Japan mourns Kenji Goto as Jordan vows to free pilot
Jordan says it is still ready to do a prisoner swap with IS militants for its captured pilot, even after a video was released purporting to show the killing of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
‘I fear this is the last chance’: wife of IS hostage
The wife of the Japanese journalist being held hostage by the Islamic State group releases her first plea to the governments of Japan and Jordan as a deadline for his release approaches.
Deadline passes for IS hostage
The latest deadline set by IS regarding the fate of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian pilot passes, but there is no news about either of them.
Jordan ‘ready’ to exchange terrorist for IS captive
Jordan is willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State is released, a government spokesperson says.
Japan awaits news of IS hostages as deadline passes
Japan says it is still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State group militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed.
Obama ‘may put North Korea back on terror list’
US President Barack Obama says the cyber hack against Sony, blamed on North Korea, is not an “act of war” – but is considering putting them back on the terror list.
Snowstorm hits northern Japan
Heavy snow and damaging winds have battered Hokkaido in northern Japan. Up to 70cm of snow has fallen, with wind gusts around 80mph, cancelling 420 flights and leaving thousands without electricity.