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.

Revealed: secret evacuation plan for Tokyo after Fukushima

'Spine-chilling' thought of an uninhabitable capital pushed Prime Minister to scrap nuclear power

Tokyo to be hit by a major quake 'within next few years'

A major earthquake is far more likely to hit Tokyo in the next few years than the government predicts, researchers at the University of Tokyo said yesterday, warning companies and individuals to be prepared for such an event.

Travel Challenge: Japan

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day spring holiday in Japan. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together in late March. Prices include flights from Heathrow.

Great Britain's Louis Smith excels on the pommel horse in the Olympic qualification event at North Greenwich Arena in London last night

Gymnastics: Purvis perfect as GB men seize Olympic berth

Four months later than anticipated, Great Britain's immensely promising men's gymnastics team have qualified for this year's Olympic Games.

Daniel Keating comes a cropper on the pommel horse in Tokyo

GB's Olympic gymnastic dream in the balance

GB's gymnastics team are out to avoid the unthinkable today: failing to qualify for 2012

Japan’s emergency services treat commuters after the gas attack which saw the army decontaminate Tokyo’s subway cars

Fugitive surrenders 17 years after Tokyo gas attack

Member of doomsday cult behind Japan's subway atrocity turns himself in at police station

Fraud squad raids Olympus in Tokyo over corruption claims

Japan's fraud squad swooped on the scandal-hit technology firm Olympus yesterday as its $1.7bn (£1.1bn) corruption crisis deepened.

Workers at the Fukushima plant are under pressure to take risks, says an undercover reporter

Battle to control Fukushima has just 'stored up' dangers

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant is expected to declare today that its crippled reactors have been stabilised, nine months after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

Olympus balance sheet hole of £420m

The disgraced Japanese camera maker Olympus has revealed a $655m (£420m) hole in its balance sheet after admitting to a 13-year fraud at the company.

Olympus to reveal £1.1bn hidden losses

Japanese giant could be kicked off Tokyo Stock Exchange depending on scale of false accounting
The Fukushima nuclear power plant as seen by Tokyo Electric Power Company officials and journalists

Radioactive water leaks from Japanese nuclear plant

Japan's crippled nuclear power plant leaked about 45 tons of highly radioactive water from a purification device over the weekend, its operator said, and some may have drained into the ocean.

Album: Rocket From The Tombs, The Day The Earth Met The... (Fire)

Rocket From The Tombs were a Cleveland proto-punk legend that remained unrecorded in its brief existence, but would go on to provide the seed-corn from which Pere Ubu would grow.

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Stay The Night: Mandarin Oriental, Japan

Above the busy streets of Nihonbashi, the Mandarin Oriental is a contemporary temple of serenity

Olympus boss under protection as he flies to Japan

Michael Woodford, the British chief executive of Olympus who was ousted after raising "serious governance concerns", is to return to Japan for the first time since the scandal erupted and he fled the country fearing for his safety.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist, Ian Thorpe, failed to reach the final of the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo World Cup

Swimming: Thorpe content with slow start

Australia's Ian Thorpe insists he is "comfortable with where he is at" despite being well off the pace on his comeback to competitive swimming.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing