News Momii was only recently appointed

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

Classical review: Madama Butterfly, Holland Park Opera, London

The challenge which every designer of opera at Holland Park must meet is that posed by the country-house façade, which constitutes a pre-existing and non-negotiable set. 

Misao Okawa

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She’s the world’s oldest woman?

Hamish McRae: 'Old world' opportunities remain with higher returns from developed economies

Economic View: If Greece has gone one way, parts of China have gone the other. Shanghai is in many respects a first-world city

Oldest man in recorded history Jiroemon Kimura dies in Japan aged 116

Title of world's oldest person now goes to 115-year-old Japanese woman Misao Okawa

Japan's first-quarter growth revised upwards

The Japanese economy powered forward by an upwardly revised 1 per cent in the first quarter of the year, reflecting the impact of the Tokyo government's reflationary drive.

Ball hunt: Takashi Kikutani and Dan Biggar struggle for possession

Japan 18 Wales 22 match report: Wales' young recruits edge initiation test

McBryde's team selection comes under scrutiny after Navidi omission leaves tourists exposed

French president Francois Hollande tells Japan that eurozone crisis is over

French President Francois Hollande sought reassure Japanese business leaders on Saturday that the eurozone debt crisis is over, but acknowledged that steps to boost the region's growth and competitiveness need to be taken.

Hamish McRae: Interest rates are on the way up at last … but don't hold your breath

Economic View: We will need all sorts of devices in the future to stop government borrowing crowding out everyone else

The maglev trains have aerodynamic elongated 'noses'

Japanese 311mph maglev bullet train tested successfully

New train uses magnetic levitation to achieve top speeds

Satyajit Das: Japan's 20 years of struggle hold a warning to other economies

Midweek View: The state can provide palliative care in a crisis but it may have limited ability to restore financial health
Criterium du Dauphine

Criterium du Dauphine: Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen wins stage three

David Veilleux retains overall lead

Japan's Keisuke Honda keeps the ball against Australia during the Asian final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup. Japan drew 1-1 to qualify for next summer's tournament

Japan become first nation to qualify for the 2014 World Cup

Keisuke Honda scores last minute penalty against Australia to secure point and qualification for tournament in Brazil

Rafael Nadal of Spain puts in a screaming return in his victory over the Italian Fabio Fognini

French Open: Tempers rise as Rafael Nadal goes calmly onwards

Sharapova, Tipsarevic and Paire all court trouble as tournament hots up

US air force F-15 fighter jet crashes off Japan

A US air force F-15 fighter jet has crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa after the aircraft developed technical problems in flight.

Scotland flanker John Barclay ruled out of tour to South Africa

Scotland flanker John Barclay has been ruled out of the Dark Blues' tour to South Africa next month, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed.

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