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.

Japanese radiation leak 'twice the estimated figure'

Japan has doubled its estimate for the amount of radiation leaked at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in the days after the tsunami on 11 March. It has also admitted to being unprepared for such a severe nuclear accident.

Japan underestimated tsunami hazard says UN

UN inspectors criticised Japan today for under-estimating the threat of a devastating tsunami on its crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, but praised its overall response to the crisis as exemplary.

Workers may have exceeded radiation limit

Two workers at Japan's crippled nuclear plant might have exceeded a radiation exposure limit amid concerns about the risks the workers face struggling to contain the crisis.

Blatter no-show at Wembley

Sepp Blatter last night pulled out of the Champions' League final as pressure grew on Fifa to call off the presidential election because of the bribery scandal.

Fifa accused promises 'tsunami' of revelations at bribery hearing

International alliance of politicians formed to press for reform of discredited governing body

Japan gives Man a shot in the arm

Man, the London-based hedge fund firm, reported better-than-expected profits and a strong rise in assets yesterday, with the business boosted by the launch of a new version of its flagship AHL fund in Japan.

Search continues for 232 still missing in tornado's aftermath

Four days after America's deadliest tornado for six decades tore through this town, levelling buildings, tossing cars and peeling bark from every tree in its path, 232 people were still missing, officials said yesterday. The official death toll stood at 125.

Airbus expects Far East orders for tsunami rescue aircraft

Both Japan and New Zealand have inquired about the A400M to handle humanitarian crises

Workers enter Fukushima No3 reactor at last

Japanese workers have entered the last of three reactor buildings hit by nuclear fuel meltdowns at the crippled Fukushima plant. The operator, Tokyo Electric, is moving to stabilise a facility that has been leaking radiation for more than two months.

New nuclear plants on track

Chris Huhne today signalled that plans for new nuclear plants in the UK were on track, after a report into the Fukushima disaster found "no need to curtail" the use of reactors in Britain.

Japan pull out of Copa America for second time

Japan have pulled out of the Copa America for the second time in six weeks after failing to get the release of their European-based players, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Monday.

Residents in Japan nuclear zone leave homes

Residents from two towns in an expanded exclusion zone around Japan's damaged nuclear power complex were adjusting to life in evacuation centers Monday after leaving their homes on government orders.

Radioactive 'pond' found at Fukushima

Japanese officials have found an Olympic swimming pool-sized pond of radioactive water in the basement of a unit at the Fukushima nuclear plant crippled by the March earthquake and tsunami.

Japan to maintain nuclear power despite crisis

A top Japanese official said on Sunday that Japan would maintain atomic power as a major part of its energy policy despite the country's ongoing nuclear crisis.

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