Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)

‘The recession provided a convenient smoke-screen for my departure, but in my mind it was always clear - I was moving for experience, to learn, not necessarily to make my fortune.’

Emigration. It’s a word weighed down with a lot of meanings, a fact I have no need to hammer home to Irish readers. But aside from the link between(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the start of a crucial parliament budget session. Mr Modi is due to present his first federal budget amid growing disenchantment with his government. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces his first major appraisal this weekend when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government p(...)

China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

Minister for Jobs  and  Enterprise  Richard Bruton with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day  Enterprise International programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers travelling abroad for the annual programme of St Patrick’s week trade missions will have to report back to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the succ(...)

A woman pushes a child with a suitcase at a railway station, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. According to UniGroup’s latest survey, twice as many people moved out of China last year than moved in. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rising living costs and foul pollution in China are starting to translate into falling numbers of expatriates choosing to live there, despite the endu(...)

Pedestrians walk past an electronic board showing Japan’s Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

An index of Asian shares got off to a lacklustre start on Monday as many countries in the region returned from Lunar New Year holidays, with sentiment(...)

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Taiwan’s cross-island highway slices through the country’s north-south mountain range, linking the underpopulated, Pacific-facing east coast and th(...)

At the very least US spenders will, once again, have to pull not only their own economy, but much of the rest of the world. Photograph: Michael McCloskey

Why is the dollar so strong? It has soared 25 per cent on a real trade-weighted basis in the past four years, evoking memories of ascents in the early(...)