News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

The Business Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

L’Oréal reduces products in China

Samsung showed off an 85in television that can be either flat or curved

CES: is gadgets flaunting their curves innovation?

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China lifts ban on sale of foreign consoles

The decision by the State Council will allow the likes of Microsoft and Sony to sell to the Chinese - but it's not certain who can afford to buy their wares

Do you trust your smartphone to park your car for you? Bosch thinks you will

New sensor kit will allow drivers to get out their vehicle and active parking remotely through their smartphone

New car sales in UK at highest since before recession

New car sales in the UK are at their highest level since before the recession, according to figures expected to be released later this morning - with the market boosted by the volume of PPI compensation payouts.

Market Report: China slowdown spells dips for mining sector

China continues to show off its influence over the London market as some of the big miners took a heavy dent on the first day when most trading desks were full after the festive celebrations.

UK economy strengthens as services exports leap

It's a fantastic start to the new year and confidence is high, says British Chambers of Commerce

A research programme newly launched is looking at how neuroscience can best be used to improve standards in UK education system

Do teens who stay in bed longer learn better? A £6m neuroscience study will find out

Innovative programme aims to put Britain at the forefront of global education policy

Mr Hollande is accused of abandoning his 'anti-finance' election promises

Francois Hollande makes drastic U-turn on tax cuts and welfare in bid to save presidency

President says he  is ready to axe the ‘excesses and abuses’ of France’s social model

China moves to curb shadow banking with new rules

Renewed concerns over a slowdown in the Chinese economy emerged today as Beijing moved to rein in potential dangers in the nation's shadow banking system.

Pace of economic recovery slowed in December as growth in dominant services sector slipped to six-month low

Growth in the dominant services sector slipped to a six-month low as the pace of economic recovery slowed in December, amid predictions that it will ease off over the year to come.

CES Las Vegas 2014: Nvidia's K1 chip will give your smartphone better graphics than your console

The Tegra K1 also comes in a 64-bit variant and will be used to power self-driving cars

A Tornado jet flying during a trial of 3D printed components, manufactured by the defence contractor, which could lead the way for further military use on the type

RAF jets fly with parts produced on 3D printers

UK fighter jets have flown for the first time with parts made using 3D printing technology.

Companies such as Coca-Cola should take a lead in establishing measures to ‘capture the value of water’, the expert says

Exclusive: Make food and drink corporations ‘account for water usage’, says scientist

Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan

Motoring review: MG3 – A Chinese rescue of a British car brand?

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform