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.

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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.

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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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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