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Barack Obama with Shinzo Abe at the White House, accompanied by Michelle Obama and Mr Abe’s wife, Akie

Shinzo Abe speech to Congress: Japan's PM faces diplomatic balancing act over his country's ties with the US, China and South Korea

Many in the Obama administration fear Mr Abe could damage US interests and worsen already frayed ties with Asian neighbours following Japanese attempts to whitewash its role in World War Two

Katsumoto Saotome, 82, a survivor of the raids in 1945, holds a headband with the word ‘Kamikaze’ written on it

Tokyo fire bombing 70th anniversary: Survivors beg Japan to remember the forgotten 100,000

On the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s fire bombing, relatives are asking for a real tribute to its victims

Japan’s government run by Shinzo Abe is considering allowing 200,000 foreigners a year to enter the country

Japanese Prime Minister urged to embrace apartheid for foreign workers

Adviser recommended that immigrants in the world’s third-largest economy be separated by race

People stage a silent rally for Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who was killed by the Islamic State group, near the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo

Kenji Goto beheading video: Japan on high alert after 'cowardly' murder of hostage

Country becomes thrust into the dangers of geopolitical entanglement with the second apparent murder by Isis of one of its own

Junko Ishido has pleaded for Isis to release her son

Japanese hostage's mother pleas with Isis kidnappers: Please free my son... he is no enemy of yours

Japan has been trying to leverage its influence in the Middle East

Shinzo Abe visited the tomb of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, in the West Bank, as part of a tour of the Middle East. He expressed fury at Isis’s threat to kill Japanese hostages

Isis draws Japan into its war with threat to behead two of its nationals unless $200m ransom paid

The jihadists' demands may force Prime Minister Abe to toughen his stance against terrorism - despite the country having a pacifist constitution

The awkward handshake between Shinzo Abe, left, and Xi Jinping yesterday shows relations are still tense

China and Japan’s leaders shake hands: a slight thaw in countries' diplomatic deep freeze

But the body language between China’s President and Japan’s Prime Minister today was telling

Zaitokukai members wave racist placards during an anti-Korean rally in Tokyo

Japan’s cabinet rocked by new claims of links to neo-Nazis who target the ethnic Korean population

Members of the far-right group, Zaitokukai, visit Korean communities in Japanese cities, screaming slogans such as 'cockroaches' and 'kill, kill Koreans'

AKB48 perform during one of their daily concerts at Tokyo’s Akihabara theatre

Meet AKB48: Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success

The group is one of the world’s most successful acts  – but they are steeped in controversy

Protesters with anti-war placards hold a mass rally outside the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo

Japan's pacifist constitution: After 70 years, nation changes the rules so it can go to war

The country will now be able to engage in collective self-defence and come to the aid of a military ally who is under attack, but the move has proved to be bitterly divisive

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Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
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Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
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Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
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Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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