Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe (left) shakes hands with China’s president Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Last month, the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies finally met in a bid to end a diplomatic deep freeze that has shut down political ties and eve(...)

Takeshi Onaga (centre) and his supporters celebrate his election as Okinwas governor. He has promised to block construction of a US military base backed by Tokyo and Washington. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

With his strained, unsmiling features beneath a salt-and-pepper toupee, Takeshi Onaga inspires unexpected passions. As news arrives that he has won th(...)

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and Jim Hogan of Ireland compete in the Men’s Marathon during the Tokyo Olympics on October 21, 1964. Photograph: The Asahi Sshimbun via Getty Images

October 21st, 1964 He remembers the marathon starting sometime around the middle of the day. It was warm alright, humid and cloudy. But it wasn’t too(...)

Blackout Buddy H2O: leave it submerged in a glass of water and the LEDs glow.
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Eton Blackout Buddy H2O At first glance, Eton’s product range seems to reflect an apocalyptic world view, with “survival” tools to the fore. That sai(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe raises his glass for a toast with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party during the annual party convention in Tokyo on January 19th. The battle lines around Abe’s agenda for Japan are set to harden. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japan’s public service broadcaster, NHK, is roughly equivalent to RTÉ, though its enormous annual revenue of more than $6 billion (€4.5 billion) puts (...)

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The whole of Ireland now has a population about size of Rio de Janeiro. The number of people with Irish ancestors outside Ireland is more than of all (...)

Killorglin-based global financial services group Fexco has just signed a multimillion euro deal with the Tokyo-based Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos (MUN), one o(...)