News Momii was only recently appointed

Chairman previously claimed use of 'comfort women' was 'common'

Isle of Man TT: Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita killed

A Japanese rider, Yoshinari Matsushita, has been killed during qualifying at the Isle of Man TT races, event organisers have said.

Kawaii: Japanese cute

Kawaii: Going crazy for cute the Japanese way

Kawaii, or a love of the adorable, is huge in Japan – and it’s big here too. Bless, says Will Coldwell

United front: Derry punk band, the Undertones, back in 1981

Radio review: Radio 1's Stories - Derry does harmony, but the undertones remain

The Undertones have earned a place in the history of Derry, so when a piece of music was sought with the aim of presenting a harmonious front to the world there was only one choice. Bring on the fiddles, the bodhrans and the pipe-band snare drums and let “Teenage Kicks” begin ....

Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto

787 Dreamliner flights to resume

The airline with the greatest number of Boeing’s new Dreamliner jets will resume commercial flights with it today, four months after the 787 jet was grounded over safety fears.

Film review: My Neighbour Totoro

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Voices Toshiyuki Amagasa, Shigeru Chiba, 86mins

Japan's All Nippon Airways first to resume Dreamliner flights

The airline with the greatest number of Boeing’s new Dreamliner jets will be the first to resume commercial flights with it on Sunday, four months after the 787 jet was grounded over safety fears.

Two Korean former sex slaves demand resignation of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto after he condones WWII forced prostitution practice

Two Korean former sex slaves demanded the resignation of an outspoken Japanese mayor and cancelled a meeting with him today for justifying Japan's wartime practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution for its troops.

Yuichiro Miura, right, rests on his way up Mount Everest with his son

The five-mile high octogenarian contest: 80-year-old man begins quest to become oldest man to climb Mount Everest... but 81-year-old rival also seeks title

Yuichiro Miura, 80, who has had heart surgery four times is already in the oxygen-deficient 'death zone'

Investment Insider: UK firms to prosper from Japan's revival

Abenomics is aiming to turn around the country's fortunes

Alan Wood: Naval officer at Iwo Jima

Alan Wood, who died on 18 April at the age of 90, was a Second World War veteran who was credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Others have claimed they provided the flag, but retired Marine Colonel Dave Severance, who commanded the company that took Mount Suribachi that day, confirmed recently that it was Wood. "I have a file of more than 60 people who claim to have had something to do with the flags," he said.

Mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto

Mayor of Osaka claims wartime sex slaves were ‘necessary evil’

One of Japan’s leading politicians has poisoned already toxic relations with China and South Korea by saying that wartime sex slaves were a necessary evil.

Darling: 'The problem we have got is a lack of confidence'

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling warns of a decade in the economic doldrums

'Look at what happened in Japan. The problem we have got is a lack of confidence'

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto: Sex slaves in World War Two were necessary to 'maintain discipline' for Japanese military

The conservative politician also told reporters there was no clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called 'comfort women'

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