News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Report claims Japan nuclear disaster was 'man-made'

Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months today, hours before a parliamentary investigative commission blamed the government's cosy relations with the industry for the meltdowns that prompted the mass shutdown of the nation's reactors.

Protests as Japan restarts nuclear power plant

Dozens of demonstrators in Japan are protesting against the restarting of a nuclear power plant - the first to go back online since all reactors were shut down for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Beached yesterday, the 66ft pontoon from Misawa, made of concrete and steel but filled with styrofoam, is one of four such docks that broke loose during the tsunami

Barnacle-encrusted reminder of Japan's tsunami docks in Oregon

For years, the fishermen of Misawa, a small town on the north-eastern corner of Japan's main island, Honshu, set sail from one of four outwardly unremarkable floating docks, built using concrete and steel and adorned, for largely protective purposes, with several dozen old car tyres.

Lost and found: After the Japanese dock... flotsam's greatest hits

After a section of a Japanese dock washed up on the West Coast of the US this week, here are four other great shore arrivals:

The origin of the huge dock was today confirmed by the Japanese consulate in Portland, Oregon.

70ft dock ripped from Japanese fishing port in tsunami washes up in Oregon

Dock has drifted thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean

Thousands march in Tokyo as last atomic plant shuts

Activists celebrate as Japan is nuclear-free for first time in 42 years

Erskine says: 'My attention span is really really short. I think I might be a little ADHD'

My Secret Life: Gizzi Erskine, 32, TV chef

My parents were... completely bohemian – my father was a photographer, and my mum was a model and actress. They were really well travelled and way ahead of their time.

Japanese tsunami bike lands in Canada

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 4,000 miles away.

Flood warnings issued in drought-hit areas on 'wettest day of the year'

The UK is expected to receive a month’s worth of rain today, making it the wettest day of the year so far.

Tsunami debris washes ashore on beach in Alaska

Two sports balls that have been found washed up on a beach in a remote island off the US west coast earlier this month may be the first pieces of debris to arrive in Alaska after they were displaced by last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

US federal scientists identify first pieces of Japanese tsunami debris to reach Alaska

US federal scientists said that a volleyball and football that washed ashore on an island may be the first pieces of debris to arrive in Alaska from last year's tsunami in Japan.

Sleeping giant Japan turns to tourism to wake up its economy

The nation hopes to rise from the tsunami's devastation, just as it did from the ravages of war. Mark Leftly reports from Tokyo

Peter Popham: The devastation of 2004 is impossible to forget

An earthquake's force has the caprice of a wild, giant child, flattening this and pardoning that, as if according to some mad moral scheme. But the tsunami allows no such cosy anthropomorphism: nothing within its compass is spared. Everything, excepting only the peculiarly rugged, is demolished, dismembered, pulverised, atomised, by nothing more awesome than the power of water.

Tsunami alert withdrawn after mass panic

Two massive earthquakes triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia , sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Advice to travellers after quake

Britons holidaying in south east Asia were told today to follow local advice after a tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean.

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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