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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.

G7 safeguards exchange rates to avoid currency war

The G7 nations’ finance chiefs and central bankers today pledged not to trigger a damaging currency war with deliberate actions to drive exchange rates down.

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Tokyo Crash Mobs takes us to a place where logic is made to feel unwelcome... in the best Nintendo kind of way of course.

Cracks and leaks turn Dreamliner to a nightmare

Five incidents in five days prompts inquiry into plane previously approved for take off

Backing for British talent such as Jess Ennis impressed bidder

Tokyo inspired by spirit of London in race for 2020 Olympic Games

The impact of London's Olympics has been felt as far away as Japan, with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games boosted by a rise in public support thanks to the success of last summer's event in Britain.

A giant squid takes bait in the deep sea off Chichi island, Japan

Monster of the deep: Giant squid captured on film for the first time

Here it is, the monster of the depths, the sea-creature of nightmares, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat: the giant squid.

Markets rise in Japan to greet new premier

Shares in Japan jumped today on hopes for the world's third-largest economy as Shinzo Abe was voted in as the new Prime Minister.

My life in travel: Roman Coppola

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai: Promises elections in 2014

US finds Afghan anti-corruption efforts 'deeply troubling'

Two small machines sit on a shelf in a closet at Kabul International Airport, surrounded by cardboard boxes and idle desk fans.

Hiroshima celebrate victory in the Club World Cup

Hiroshima win Club World Cup opener

Match sees introduction of goal-line technology

Rescue workers from police, fire department and highway authorities work at the entrance the the Sasago tunnel

Japan orders emergency tunnel inspections after nine are killed by roof collapse

Two people were also injured when concrete ceiling panels collapsed onto cars on Sunday morning

Toyota picks up speed despite China hit

Toyota has bumped up its profit expectations for the year to £6bn, despite its sales in China, the world's biggest car market, withering away due to a domestic boycott of Japanese cars as part of a territorial dispute.

Government to cut foreign aid to India as part of 'new approach' to funding poorer countries

The Government is to cut its longstanding commitment to provide foreign aid to India because the country's growing economy means it no longer needs British support, it emerged today.

Japan's answer to Boris quits governship to challenge PM

New political party demands reform of ‘shameful’ anti-war constitution

Japan: War shrine visit enrages China

Two ministers and former prime minister Shinzo Abe were among dozens of MPs who visited a controversial war shrine yesterday, amid growing tensions between Japan and its neighbours over territorial disputes.

Jimmy Savile: The TV star is alleged to have abused girls on BBC premises after promising them audience tickets for his shows

BBC scraps teen models show as Jimmy Savile row grows

Documentary on sexual exploitation cancelled as director-general faces grilling by MPs

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