Smoke spews from eruptive crater of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo May 29th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Kyodo

A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, pro(...)

Donal Roche of Covestone Asset Management expects to have €160 million in client funds on the asset management firm’s  books this year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Back to black is the theme for Donal Roche’s Covestone Asset Management this year. Over a coffee in the Conrad Hotel this week, Roche confidently pred(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

‘It is possible to have too much finance. More importantly, significant economies are in this position, among them Japan and the US.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Is it possible to have too much finance? Harmed by the aftermath of financial crises, enraged by bailouts of financial institutions, irritated by t(...)

Bangkok: Some six million Chinese are expected to visit Thailand this year, compared with 4.6 million last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Last week, Asia Briefing reported how the billionaire boss of Chinese conglomerate Tiens had brought 6,400 employees to the south of France on holiday(...)

A year after he swept to power after a landslide victory for his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s prime minister Narendra Modi (...)

Cate Blanchett in Carol, Todd Hynes’s  adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a lesbian romance

This correspondent has developed a theory that recent Cannes Film Festivals are a little like Star Trek films. Over the current decade, the even-numbe(...)

Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: His cabinet has approved Bills to implement a drastic shift in security policy allowing the military to fight abroad for the first time since the second World War. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan has sent another signal it is pulling away from its pacifist moorings with its first international defence show. The three-day event, hosting to(...)

Honda is to recall another 4.8 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp, already at the cent(...)