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

Name calling: Japan claims the Senkakus, while China dubs them the Diaoyus

Washington could be drawn into dispute as Japan and China square up over uninhabited islands

Conflict looms closer and Washington could be drawn in

Part of the disputed Senkaku islands

Fears grow of clash as Japanese and Chinese ships and planes patrol disputed 'Diaoyu' islands

The move is likely to heighten tensions as relations between the two powers become increasingly strained over the dispute

Volcano raises new island off the coast of Japan

Remarkable pictures show the new islet, which is about 200 metres (660 feet) in diameter, appearing in the water

US finally honours the Native American ‘code talkers’ of the Second World War

The role of Native American “code talkers” in transmitting secrets during the Second World War has been finally recognised in the US.

Christmas gift ideas 2013: best drinks bottles

Do judge these bottles by their labels…

The British Council is urging more people to take up learning Arabic

UK's international education body highlights most important foreign languages to learn

British Council report calls on report calls on policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child's education

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Wolverine (E)

James Mangold, DVD (126 mins)

Children who survived Typhoon Haiyan play on top of the ruins of their destroyed primary school in Guiuan, Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: Four million children without food or water in Philippines as aid effort struggles

There is a desperate need for food, water and medicine in the aftermath of the disaster

And relax... nine best onesies for adults

The cold snap is coming. We say stay on the sofa, preferably wearing one of these cosy onesies

Road to recovery: But there have been many bumps along the way

Is the sun rising on Japan – or is this just another false dawn?

'Abenomics' seems to be doing the trick for the second-largest economy after two 'lost decades'. Danielle Levy reports

An official monitors radiation levels outside reactor four during a media tour of the Fukushima nuclear plant

Inside Fukushima – for the most delicate stage of the clean-up yet

It has been dubbed a catastrophe in the making and even the potential trigger for mankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. But it was hard to reconcile those fears with the banal sight of a murky pool of water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The 'toxic monster' is coming! Texas-sized floating island containing one million tonnes of junk from Japan tsunami drifting towards US

The most concentrated stretch of rubbish- dubbed the 'toxic monster' - is currently sitting between Hawaii and California

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is accompanied by Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade in London

South Korea refuses to forgive Japan’s wartime atrocities

World Focus: In South Korea a sense of vulnerability bred from past humiliations lies just below the surface

Michael Page shares slide with ‘difficult’ end to year expected

Shares in white collar recruiter Michael Page International fell 5% today after a slowdown in Australia and Europe forced it to downgrade expected operating profit for the year.

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The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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