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

Shinji Kagawa poses for a photograph on Manchester United's pre-season tour of Asia

Trio join up with Manchester United squad on pre-season tour

Shinji Kagawa, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling have all joined the trip

A beaming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has celebrated a resounding election victory

Japan election: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hails landslide win

Voters have handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a resounding victory in Japan’s general election, ending a gridlocked parliament and giving him one of the strongest political mandates for a Japanese leader in years.

Tourists around the Eiffel Tower

Rude? Here’s what Parisians really think about tourists

What do the French really think about the rest of the world? A new guide for their capital’s hoteliers reveals all

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his speech before officers of Japan Coast Guard

Japan's China-baiting prime minister Shinzo Abe looks set for election success, but ordinary Japanese have other priorities

Leader heads south to promise 'not to give an inch' to its giant neighbour

Snow Fairy won the Hong Kong Cup in 2010 with Ryan Moore on board

Snow Fairy tale ends with prosaic injury

The final chapter of one of racing’s true fairy tales came to an end in Newmarket yesterday morning. Snow Fairy, the Cinderella mare who rose from the humblest beginnings to win six Group One races worldwide, aggravated an old leg injury during a routine gallop and has been retired. “It is with much sadness that the decision was made,” said her trainer Ed Dunlop, “but she owes us nothing.”

Wayne Rooney pictured checking in at Manchester Airport on Wednesday

Wayne Rooney 'gutted' after being sent home from Manchester United's pre-season tour

The striker picked up a hamstring injury shortly after arriving in Thailand

Kenichi Shinoda has urged Yamaguchi-gumi members to stay true to their values

What every stressed yakuza mobster needs: A morale-boosting magazine

In-house tabloid offers tips on board games, haikus and a letter from the Yamaguchi-gumi outfit’s godfather

Japan accounts for around 30 per cent of all record sales on the planet

For £13, a fast lane to buy a band tee: Japan's rock concert promoters struggle to compete with festivals

With a shrinking retail market, it’s a hard life making a living in rock’n’roll. 

Hockey: England get a bronze boost in Malaysia

England defeated South Korea 2-1 to claim bronze at the World League in Malaysia on Sunday.

Rachel Yankey will head into the Women’s Euro 2013 finals as the country’s record caps holder

Rachel Yankey eyes her chance for Euro glory

The 33-year-old winger heads to the Women's Euro 2013 finals aiming to lift the trophy

Jim Armitage: It took a Brit to lay bare the state of Japan, but then its elite failed the test

Outlook The spectacular ability of Japan's cosy establishment to shoot itself in both feet rarely fails to amaze. After conducting the biggest cover-up of one of the biggest frauds in the country's history, the former bosses of the cameras giant Olympus managed to walk free from the Tokyo court yesterday morning. This despite the fact that they pleaded guilty, and despite justifiable demands from the prosecution that they serve up to five years' jail.

Hockey: England reach World League quarter-finals

England's men beat the hosts Malaysia 2-1 in their final pool match of the World League to book a quarter-final place against Japan.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook takes the stage during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple applies for iWatch trademark in Japan

Move indicates company's intent to create a smartwatch

Editorial: The high price of payday loans

It is better to have lending in the legal economy than drive it into the criminal underworld
Kimiko Date-Krumm won her first-round tie in just 44 minutes

Wimbledon 2013: Kimiko Date-Krumm, 42, topples teenager with timeless ease

In September 1970, the first Virginia Slims tournament was played by a small group of women protesting at inequality in pay under the slogan "You've come a long way, baby". The same month Kimiko Date – now Date-Krumm since her marriage to the German racing driver Michael Krumm – was born in Kyoto; and no player of either sex has come further.

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A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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