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

Taro Aso has retracted a comment he made this week

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso refuses to resign over Nazi remark

Deputy prime minister drew outrage for saying Japan should learn from how the Nazi party stealthily changed Germany's inter-war constitution

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Sony posts surprise profit on back of Xperia smartphones

Embattled entertainment and electronics giant Sony beat analysts’ expectations with first-half profits today, thanks to a weak yen and the success of Sony’s Xperia smartphones.

Taro Aso has retracted a comment he made this week

Japanese minister Taro Aso refuses to stand down over praise for Nazi militarisation tactics

Aso said Japan could learn from the way the Nazi party stealthily changed Germany's constitution without anyone realising

Lukas Podolski of Arsenal FC is dressed as Samurai Warrior in the Urawa Royal Pines Hotel in Japan

Video: Lukas Podolski starts a new craze among the Arsenal squad with the "ah haa" set to bring some magic to the Emirates

German forward is known for his sense of humour and this latest video compiles the best impersonations of his latest saying

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore wary of waging legal battle over winter World Cup

Moving the Qatar tournament would have a huge knock-on effect for domestic leagues

Ben Chu: China could be the new Japan if it doesn't heed signs of stagnation

Economic View: Looking at the numbers, the outlook could actually be even worse for China

In The Studio: Takesada Matsutani, artist

'It is important to have your own space. In it, I try to be honest'

Wilfried Zaha bagged his first goal for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly

Cerezo Osaka 2 Manchester United 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha's first goal for United in 'Moyes' minutes' saves yet another defeat on pre-season tour

United were just seconds away from a third defeat in four matches when new signing Zaha came to the rescue to earn a 2-2 draw against Cerezo Osaka

Per Mertesacker of Arsenal FC poses dressed as a Samurai Warrior in the Urawa Royal Pines Hotel in Japan

Video: Arsenal players dress up as Samurai Warriors and make sushi on pre-season tour in Japan

Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker wield swords on pre-season tour

This damaged reactor crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant

With Fukushima nuclear plant still leaking, Japan clean-up bill soars to $50bn

Many are sceptical that government-led effort will make area habitable again

Man in his sixties sought after five people are killed

Japan: Hunt on for serial killer who left a haiku clue

Man in his sixties sought after five people are killed in remote rural village

Wayne Rooney was frustrated for a large part of last season

Transfer news: David Moyes reiterates that Wayne Rooney will not leave Manchester United and sets August 6 as his return date

Striker has been out of action with a hamstring injury while Jose Mourinho has expressed significant interest in signing the England international

Abe’s ‘shock and awe’ tactics win approval

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has won fresh backing at the ballot box for his “shock and awe” strategy to revive the economy, sending Asian shares higher.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist views are likely to antagonise victims of Japan's wartime aggression

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new term could open old wounds by rewriting country's post-war remorse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has returned to work this week after romping home to victory in the general election, promising to fix the nation’s huge economy.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz