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 Mongolian-born yokozuna  Harumafuji Kohei performs a ring-entering ceremony during the New Year’s sumo dedication event at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo earlier this year. Photograph: Christopher Jue/Reuters

Police have referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported(...)

According to a 2005 Cornell University study, mothers could expect a deficit in average starting salaries compared to childless women

At a dinner in London not long ago, the chief executive of a very respectable organisation told a story that left her end of the table gobsmacked. It(...)

It’s not often we opt for the back seat in a test drive but in this case it was mandatory. There are two types of buyers for luxury cars: those who dr(...)

Tomio Okamura, the anti-Islam and Eurosceptic leader of the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which came fourth in parliamentary elections in October. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

With its foaming pints of beer, plates of pork and dumpling and walls covered with pictures of old Prague, Stare Casy is a typical Czech pub in the Go(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) at a meeting earlier this year wit h European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Union and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world’s largest open economic area, signalling their rejection(...)

Takashi Miyazaki is opening a fine dining Japanese restaurant in Cork city.

Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki has signed a lease on the former Fenn’s Quay restaurant in Cork and plans to open Ichigo Ichie there next March. The na(...)

Sterling hit a six-month high on Friday after the UK and the EU reached agreement on the Border post-Brexit, but the currency dipped after traders dig(...)

 Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell   celebrates with team-mate Gareth Steenson (left) after scoring a  try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park.  Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Strip bare the pageantry, the Tomahawk Chop chant, inflatable or foam replicas, drums, the Red Indian nomenclature that extends to the club’s name, th(...)

A missile described by the North Korean government as the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile being launched at an undisclosed location in North Korea on November 29th. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

With US-South Korean joint military exercises still ongoing, a Chinese newspaper in a province bordering North Korea has caused controversy by publis(...)

The side-bet club had become an alliance of leading companies already investing in hydrogen value chain – 18 multinationals including Toyota, Alstom, BMW and Royal Dutch Shell. File photograph: Getty Images

The possibility of hydrogen as a fuel of the future has lurked in the background for years. Its merits as a clean, efficient fuel were indisputable bu(...)

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