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.

Blowfish can be lethal if toxins in its organs are released

Deregulating sale of blowfish 'is putting lives at risk'

Fugu's active ingredient is tetrodotoxin, a poision many times more poisonous than cyanide

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Japanese fashion: Eastern Promises

Japanese fashion designers first made a splash in Europe 30 years ago, but Tokyo’s talents and streetwear styles are the next big thing in modern menswear. Adam Welch reports

Album: Labrinth, Electronic Earth (Syco)

It's not the easiest matter for a producer to step out front as an artist in his or her own right, as can be confirmed by anyone who's searched in vain for a glimmer of personal, defining character on a Mark Ronson album.

Japan's dexterity title in good hands

More than 100 people gathered yesterday to vie for the title of Japan's fastest hands, competing to stack cups into a pyramid in the shortest time possible.

Japan running on only one of its 54 nuclear reactors

Another Japanese nuclear reactor has been taken off line for maintenance, leaving the country with only one of its 54 reactors operational following last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Most Japanese favour phasing out nuclear power

The vast majority of Japanese favour the gradual phasing out of nuclear plants but accept that some reactors may need to be retained to secure enough power in the short term, according to a newspaper poll.

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Disaster-struck Japan is ready for its close-up

The Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo: Sushi, shopping... and 'French' maids

One year after the earthquake struck, Tim Walker finds it's business – and games, food and fashion – as usual in Japan's capital

A worker is scanned for radiation as he enters the emergency operation centre

One year on, Japan is still feeling the heat

David McNeill reports from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant

Members of the media wear protective suits asthey are shown around by Tepco staff

Fukushima: Return to the disaster zone

A year since the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed, the fight to prevent disaster goes on. In an exclusive dispatch from the reactors, David McNeill becomes the first European journalist to revisit Japan's ground zero

Former Olympus bosses are held

"After going to hell and back this is a day to remember," said fired Olympus boss and whistle-blower Michael Woodford yesterday after seven executives who were involved in the cameras company were arrested in Japan.

Former executives arrested over Olympus fraud

Four months after one of Japan's biggest corporate scandals, police and prosecutors today arrested seven men, including the former president of Olympus Corporation and ex-bankers, over their role in a $1.7 billion accounting fraud at the medical equipment and camera maker.

Japanese emperor to have heart bypass surgery 

Japanese Emperor Akihito will have heart bypass surgery later this month, his palace said today after the 78-year-old monarch was hospitalized for tests over the weekend.

Girl Model (NC)

This documentary offers a glimpse into the brutish meat-market that is the modelling industry. Its opening shot is the most unsettling, a hangar-sized space in which skinny Russian girls parade in their underwear before talent scouts.

Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama with her work 'Dots Obsession' at the Serpentine gallery in 2000
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