Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to meet Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (above), today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan is expected to announce an end to its 13-year ban on Irish beef today during a visit by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, reopening the world’s third-larges(...)

The Taoiseach accepts a ceremonial drink of sake during his visit to the Meiji shrine in Tokyo. Photograph: Marai

With the guiding hand of an old emperor making sure not a drop was spilled, the Shinto priest poured sake for the Taoiseach. Nothing like a swig of sa(...)

 The former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, on whom the Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon, was conferred by the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Yoshifumi Ito, on behalf of the Emperor of Japan at a ceremony in the ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Mrs Joan FitzGerald and Mrs Sumie Ito look on. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Turning Japanese – was Garret turning Japanese? I really think so . . . ” If you don’t remember the dreadful 1980s pop song by The Vapours who(...)