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

A fast-track travel plan

The Japan Rail Pass is one of the world's greatest sightseeing bargains, says Simon Calder

You can't apologise for what you do on purpose

You can say sorry for spilling a beer but Boris didn't publish this article by mistake

Beckenbauer tips Germany for final

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Inamoto's strike brings joy to Japan

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Anger at Japanese execution

THERE CAN be no such thing as a good hanging, but by any standard the death of Teruo Ono was particularly cruel.

BNFL in new row over plutonium shipment

BRITISH NUCLEAR Fuels was at the centre of fresh controversy last night after environmentalists claimed that tests on plutonium being sent to a Japanese power plant may have been faked.

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THE REAL GEISHA

In writing his bestselling novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, soon to be made into a Spielberg film, Arthur Golden drew heavily on the memories of one woman. He told David Usborne her story

`City of peace' label divides Hiroshima

FIFTY-THREE years after it became the world's first victim of atomic bombing, the city of Hiroshima prides itself on never forgetting. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through the harrowing exhibits in the bomb museum.

Record bridge threatens Japan's emerald isle

LONG after the industrial blight which spread over Japan during the economic miracle, Shikoku, smallest of the four main islands, has remained a charming, tranquil place. Thatched wooden farm houses were still built in the traditional way and Buddhists in white robes and straw hats still made the pilgrimage around the 88 temples. But yesterday that era came to an abrupt end.

`Children bowed politely before asking a question'

The culture shock of a foreign classroom can be the prelude to a fascinating career in English language teaching, reports Matt Rodda

Letter: Japanese apologies

Sir: Half a century on, the Japanese Labour Camp Survivors' Association are asking for "proper" compensation and renewed apologies using the "right" words.
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