News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

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

World Cup Diary

Inamoto's strike brings joy to Japan

Japan 1 Russia 0

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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Temple, Kyoto

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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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn