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.

Ted Baker is beating the forecasts

Fashion followers around the world helped Ted Baker smash forecasts with retail sales growth of 30.7 per cent. The fashion chain's UK, overseas and website businesses the City expected for the 20 weeks to 15 June and the shares soared more than 15 per cent to 1,700p.

Sam Warburton's protégé Josh Navidi ready for his Wales debut

Josh Navidi believes growing up in the shadows of current and former British and Irish Lions pair Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams has finally paid dividends, having been primed for his Wales debut.

Europe debate: David Cameron warned that EU will ignore Britain's demands for 'special treatment'

MPs urge Prime Minister to seek compromise in bid to return powers to London as PM hints he would campaign for Britain to remain in EU in the referendum promised by end of 2017

Police search for missing British businessman Garin Dart in Tokyo

Originally from London, he disappeared on 22 May on the way to a meeting

Two Korean former sex slaves demand resignation of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto after he condones WWII forced prostitution practice

Two Korean former sex slaves demanded the resignation of an outspoken Japanese mayor and cancelled a meeting with him today for justifying Japan's wartime practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution for its troops.

Eighty-year-old Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura (R) and his son Gota (L) posing for a picture as they leave the C4 camp to ascent to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal

80-year-old Japanese man Yuichiro Miura becomes oldest to conquer Mount Everest

Octogenarian reaches summit but 81-year-old Nepalese man is hot on his heels

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto: Sex slaves in World War Two were necessary to 'maintain discipline' for Japanese military

The conservative politician also told reporters there was no clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called 'comfort women'

Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams faces month out of action

Williams was hurt during Cardiff Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 defeat against the Ospreys

Get me out of here: UK cruise, Japan's cherry blossom, Easter in the Algarve

Now... Spend Easter in the Algarve. Thomas Cook is offering a week at the four-star Aqua Pedra Bicos Hotel, on the outskirts of Albufeira, for £252pp. It includes flights from Manchester on Saturday 30 March and a week's B&B at this contemporary hotel. thomascook.com

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

Killer of Irish woman in Japan gets light sentence

Nicola Furlong's murderer treated as a minor by court so could walk free in five years

A gold cast of Lionel Messi's left foot

How much is Lionel Messi's left foot worth? £3.5m

The Ballon d'Or holder has foot cast in gold

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

Musician denies Tokyo murder of Irish student Nicola
Furlong

An American musician denied murdering Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong on the first day of his trial in Tokyo today. Richard Hinds, 19, a keyboard player for several top R&B acts, is accused of drugging Ms Furlong, 21, and strangling her in an upmarket Tokyo hotel last year.

Wayne Rooney pictured training for United

Manchester United to begin summer tour in Thailand

United will take on the Singha All Star XI

Boeing’s Dreamliner nightmare gets worse as Japan reveals more on faults

Boeing’s headache over its Dreamliner jets worsened today, as Japan’s transport ministry revealed more damning details of its investigation into faults with the model and United Airlines extended its grounding of the jets.

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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