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Ash Barty: the tournament favourite is pleased with her preparation after winning last week’s Adelaide International – the 14th WTA title of her career. Photograph: Matt Turner/EPA

Ash Barty is in prime position to end Australia’s lengthy wait for a home winner at this year’s Australian Open but defending champion Naomi Osaka and(...)

Naomi Osaka will play at the Australian Open. Photo: Andy Cheung/Getty Images

An email from Tennis Australia, offering television networks footage of defending champion Naomi Osaka’s arrival in Melbourne, arrived midway through (...)

A firefighter stands outside the scene with other officials where 27 people died after a blaze at a clinic in Osaka. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

At least 27 people were feared dead after a fire swept through a psychiatry clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka on Friday, and police were investigat(...)

The practice of not informing inmates of the timing of their execution until shortly before has long been decried by international human rights organisations. Photograph: iStock

Two death row inmates in Japan are suing the country over how prisoners are notified only hours before the death penalty is carried out, demanding cha(...)

Malaysians walking  pass  a large screen displaying the Malaysia national flag in Kuala Lumpur. Some 85.7%  of the adults in the country have received complete doses of vaccine against Covid-19. Photograph: EPA/Fazry Ismail

As the US and Europe ramped up their Covid-19 vaccination programmes, the Asia-Pacific region, once lauded for its pandemic response, struggled to get(...)

 Yutaka Take riding  Deep Impact before  the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2006. The Japanese favourite  fluffed his lines by finishing only third. Those at Longchamp that day recall stunned Japanese fans weeping as they left the grandstand. Photograph:  Alain Benainous/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

This weekend 15 years ago 22 million Japanese viewers tuned in to watch the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. That’s almost 20 per cent of Japan’s pop(...)

Daniil Medvedev greets  Novak Djokovic at the net after winning during the US Open at Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

As Novak Djokovic sat silently in his chair after being thoroughly outplayed by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final on Sunday, a match he had suggest(...)

 Moderna: it was not immediately clear whether the issue impacted supplies to other countries. Photograph: Bess Adler/New York Times

Moderna said on Wednesday it has withheld supply of about 1.63 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine in Japan after a report of contamination of vials(...)

‘We must avoid a situation in which the Olympics was held but the medical system collapsed,’ Hironori Sagara, director of Showa University Hospital says. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Japan has carried out a threat to publicly shame people not complying with coronavirus border control measures, releasing the names of three people wh(...)

Christen Press looks dejected following the USA’s defeat to Sweden in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Since the media no longer slavishly covers his every utterance, you might have missed ex-President Donald Trump’s rant at the Turning Point Action con(...)

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