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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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?