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.

Letter: Now build on Kyoto

Sir: Nicholas Schoon's reporting has been a model of its kind. Rightly he points the finger of blame at the multinationals and governments which are so largely responsible for failure to reach a more meaningful agreement in Kyoto ("Getting warmer, but still a long way from our goal", 12 December).

Athletics: Hansen hits record heights

Ashia Hansen hit the form she has been promising when setting a new British record to win the triple jump at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Fukuoka, Japan, yesterday.

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Yokozunas (grand champions) Akebono and Takanohana both won yesterday but ozeki (champion) Takanonami suffered an upset on the opening day of the 15-day Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Akebono, or Chad Rowan from Hawaii, grabbed No 4 maegashira (senior wrestler) Dejima's belt and forced him out. Akebono won his 10th tournament title in a play-off with Takanohana in the last tournament in Tokyo in May. Takanohana threw down komusubi (junior champion) Oginishiki after fighting off his foe's arm throw attempts. Takanohana is seeking his 17th tournament title. Komusubi Tochiazuma, who went up six ranks because of an 11-4 record in the May tournament, held off Takanonami's pushing attempts at the ring's edge and twisted him down.

BOOKS FICTION: POETRY IN BRIEF

2 The Shadow of Hiroshima and other film/poems by Tony Harrison, Faber pounds 8.99.

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REAPING THE WHIRLWIND Radio 4

Today's weather: very dull

"IT'S GOING to be a close night," said Bill Giles, as if summer was heading for extra time and penalties. And all week the weather forecasters looked determined to enjoy their day in the sun. The news was simple - hot today, and hot tomorrow. It was scary to watch them trying to console us. The BBC introduced a babyish "Comfort Index" - an orange map with words like "oppressive", "comfortable" and "not so hot" scattered about at random. Carlton dressed Britain in livid scarlet, with black thunderclouds that looked like Space Invaders twitching over Dorset. Even the weather, which used to be a strict matter of swirling isobars and prevailing fronts, has become a cheapskate cartoon, with Monty Python clouds and Nazi-style lightning flashes.

Fifty years on, a poet relives his horror in Hiroshima

Kenan Malik meets a survivor of the 'procession of ghosts' who is still healing himself through words

IN BRIEF: Gas mystery in Yokohama subway

Gas mystery in Yokohama subway

Sharp Japan pass test

Football: Sweden2 (K Andersson 53, 69) Japan2 (Fujita 9, Kurosaki 86) Attendance: 5,591

words : Nuclear

THERE was a time when compositors, coming to the word nuclear, could be relied on to tap out unclear instead, for the same reason that they tended to put casual for causal: they were unfamiliar with the word and thought subconsciously that it must be a mistype for the one they knew. Modern typesetters are more likely to make the opposite mistake, and turn unclear into nuclear, which has long been part of our everyday vocabulary, and is susceptible to punsters. Before last week's White Paper on the nuclear power industry the Cabinet was reported to be split on the subject, naturally prompting the headline "Nuclear fallout".

LETTER : Another Dresden

Sir: In his article on the bombing of Dresden ("Rubble-rousing stuff", 13 February), Steve Crawshaw writes: "Hiroshima apart, there has never been a raid like it." This is not so, for when the Americans bombed Tokyo on 9/10 March 1945, 16 square miles of the city were devastated with a loss of life estimated at between 80,000 and 200,000 people.

Kobe survivors now threatened by mud

Emergency food supplies have finally started to pour into Kobe and other devastated areas of Hyogo prefecture, but bone-chilling rain, and the threat of hundreds of landslides, has added to the misery of over 300,000 people made homeless by Tuesda y's earthquake.

Hundreds feared dead in Japan quake

A massive earthquake swept through central Japan this morning, killing at least 41 people and trapping hundreds under the rubble of collapsed buildings. A hospital in Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture was reported to have collapsed.
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