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Police search for missing British businessman Garin Dart in Tokyo

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Richard Hinds, 19, a keyboard player for several top R&B acts, is accused of drugging Nicola Furlong, 21, and strangling her in an upmarket Tokyo hotel last year

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Furlong

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Japan trade gap leaps as weak yen hits imports

Japan registered its worst ever monthly trade deficit in January courtesy of a jump in energy import prices which were driven up by a tumbling yen.

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