Fiji and  Uruguay’s players react after their Pool D encounter at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Fiji 27 Uruguay 30 Uruguay pulled off the first shock of the Rugby World Cup with a stunning 30-27 victory over Fiji. The South American minnows, wh(...)

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito wave to the crowd during the new year’s greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see his final new year’s appearance before abdicating in several months. “I am (...)

Japan’s emperor Akihito. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s parliament has passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years, but put off a debate over how to ta(...)