News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe sent a shiver through the global diplomatic community today, by explicitly comparing tensions between Tokyo and Beijing to animosity between European powers in the run-up to the First World War.

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Members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association display their balancing skills atop bamboo ladders during a New Year demonstration by the fire brigade in Tokyo

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo

Japanese PM to explain controversial shrine visit

Neighbouring countries unhappy over public 'celebration' of Japan's attacks

Okinawa approves move for US marine base after 17 years of negotiations

The governor of Okinawa has approved controversial plans to relocate a US Marine base to a less populous area – but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the of the Japanese island altogether.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu has become the heroine in a drama that her supporters say has exposed one of the nation's dirtiest secrets: claims that the Yakuza helps to run the entertainment industry

Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu joins battle against mafia in the media

A beauty queen is in hiding after exposing a major talent agency’s alleged links to a crime syndicate

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The operator of Inputs.io has reported a hack that lost customers 4,100 BTC

'Space burials' on offer in Japan for a third the cost of UK burial

Elysium Space transports a 'symbolic portion' of the deceased's ashes into space alongside commercial satellite launches from the US

Laura Robson was victorious in Beijing on Sunday, but couldn't keep the run going

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Toyoda, left, with General Motors’ chairman Roger Smith at a jointly owned car plant in California in 1984; the plant closed in 2010

Eiji Toyoda: Executive who helped create the 'Toyota Way' method of car-making

Eiji Toyoda, who has died aged 100, was a member of Toyota's founding family who helped create the super-efficient "Toyota Way" production method. A cousin of the car manufacturer's founder Kiichiro Toyoda, he served as president from 1967-82, leading Toyota's growth into an automotive giant. He became chairman in 1982, and continued in advisory positions up to his death.

Japanese people form the words ‘Thank You’ in a Tokyo square as part of celebrations

Japan celebrates 2020 Olympics bid win – but is it safe and ready?

Tokyo celebrates victory after PM reassures IOC that radiation from nuclear plants is no longer a threat

Residents of Olympic bid city Tokyo celebrate after the announcement of the 2020 Summer Olympic

'The safe Games': Judges convinced over Fukishima fallout fears as Tokyo wins the race to host 2020 Olympics

'The situation is under control,' says PM as Japanese bid defeats rival applications from Istanbul and Madrid

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