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.

London fund makes it big in Japan

A fledgling London-based activist investment fund that is looking to shake-up corporate Japan has outperformed the Tokyo Stock Exchange in its first six months.

David Blaine attends the

Wanted: One bright spark, GSOH

It makes you wonder. What is going on inside David Blaine's head that he needs to morph from simple street magician to Grand Guignol narcissist? Since his first TV special hit US screens 15 years ago, the illusionist's "tricks" have become not merely more mystifying but also more extreme.

Japan's first 'Cuddle Cafe' opens, only £24 to sleep with a girl

Japan’s first "co-sleeping specialty shop", coined the "cuddle cafe", opened last week, giving customers the chance to rest their weary eyes with a snuggle.

Berdych targets London

Tomas Berdych eased his way into the second round of the Japan Open with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over France's Benoît Paire yesterday. Second seed Berdych almost inflicted the dreaded "bagel" on Paire in the first set until the Frenchman finally held serve in the sixth game but the Czech was pushed in the second.

Agnieszka Radwanska to face Nadia Petrova in Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo

Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska pulverised Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-1 today to set up a final with Nadia Petrova at the Pan Pacific Open.

South Korea's president Lee Myung-bak visits disputed islands

South Korean president Lee Myung-bak made a surprise visit today to islets at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute with Japan, ignoring warnings from Tokyo that it would worsen the neighbours' already strained relations.

Michael Phelps kisses his record 19th Olympic medal

Yesterday at The Games: Equestrian silver saves day for GB – but Phelps makes a bigger splash

US swimming star is now most decorated Olympian after winning his 19th medal

'The Olympic Park feels like a vast concrete Glastonbury'

Grace Dent: Using ninja internet tactics, I finally enter Olympic Park

After five days of Olympic red-button surfing, it was time to actually leave the house and enter the Olympic Park.

Children from the tsunami-hit regions hand out good-luck charms to Japan’s Olympians at a ceremony in Tokyo

Medal spotlight on Japan: Tsunami is always on their mind

Plenty of money has been spent trying to boost the Japanese team's medal haul – but the real world is never far way

Radiation probe over 'cover-up'

Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant to under-report the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer.

Leading article: A sobering reminder of the truth about our Afghan 'legacy'

The video of the Taliban executing a woman in the street, only miles from Kabul, is a sobering reminder of dismally disappointing legacy of foreign intervention in that hopelessly divided country from which Western countries are now hurrying to disengage themselves.

Lagarde sounds global growth warning

IMF chief raises alarm as US jobs data falls short and eurozone worries return

Investors heckle Sir Howard Stringer at Sony's annual meeting

Sony's chairman Sir Howard Stringer was heckled by investors who vented their fury at the annual meeting after the electronics giant made a record loss of ¥456.7bn (£3.68bn).

Yoko Ono: To The Light, Serpentine Gallery, London

Childish and brainless, Ono lives down to her name

Whistle-blower Woodford settles for £10m after his Olympus sacking

The British former chief executive of Olympus, Michael Woodford, will receive £10m in a settlement over his dismissal for whistle-blowing at the giant Japanese cameras and medical equipment maker.

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