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.

Hiscox warns of worst year ever for insurers

An unprecedented series of natural disasters, such as the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power crisis in Japan, have combined with the Arab Spring to push Hiscox into the red.

Governing body confirms rescheduling of Japanese GP despite riders' refusals

The Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead in October despite leading MotoGP riders refusing to go, the sport's governing body announced yesterday.

Merseyside homes evacuated after pipe bursts

A Merseyside street was submerged under a "tsunami" after a burst water pipe sent water spurting 60ft into the air yesterday. Residents in Huyton had to be rescued from their homes in boats and schools were evacuated.

No further damage after earthquake hits Japan

A strong earthquake jolted on Sunday the same area of northeastern Japan that was hit by a massive quake in March, but there was no sign of further damage along the coast or to the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, officials said.

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Japan set to 'stress test' all its nuclear plants

Japan said today it will conduct "stress tests" on all the country's nuclear plants to ease heightened concerns about disaster preparedness after this year's tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Ex-minister blames his blood group for outburst after Fukushima disaster

Politicians typically blame stress, overwork and "personal issues" for being forced to step down early, but Ryu Matsumoto may well be the first to cite his blood group.

Earthquake jolts western Japan

An earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.4 jolted Wakayama prefecture in western Japan today, the Meteorological Agency said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damages and no tsunami warning was issued.

Fears over 'tsunami' of mortgage debt

A "tsunami" of homeowners face falling behind on their mortgage repayments as soon as interest rates begin to rise, a leading banker has warned.

Video: Japan thanks Lady Gaga for tsunami support

Lady Gaga flies to Tokyo and is thanked by the Japanese government for her help and support following the tsunami.

Manufacturers plan fast price hikes

Manufacturers signalled more pain for consumers today after it emerged major firms were planning the biggest push on prices since January 1989.

Safety checks 'must be improved to prevent another Fukushima'

The world's 440 operating atomic reactors must be given safety checks within the next 18 months in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the head of the UN's nuclear safety agency said yesterday.

Water cleanup system shut down at Japan nuke plant

A system to clean massive amounts of contaminated water at the site of Japan's nuclear disaster was shut down today, just hours after it began full operations, because a component filled with radioactivity much more quickly than expected.

US jobless aid claims climb

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefit unexpectedly edged higher last week, stoking fears of a stalled economic recovery even as a separate report showed record US exports in April.

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