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(...)