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Swiss soldiers on a watchtower at an area which will be used as heliport during the upcoming World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Monday Indicators: German consumer confidence (Feb), PPI (Dec); US imports and exports (Nov), construction spending (Nov), factory orders (Nov). Tue(...)

 Preparing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,  which starts on Tuesday

Rising economic and trade tensions between the world’s major powers top the list of risks facing the globe, according to a report published ahead of t(...)

 Malokurilskaya Bay on Shikotan Island, one of the Kuril islands under Russian control. Photograph:  Getty Images

Russia has rejected Japan’s assertion that it was ready to loosen its grip on the Kuril islands, dashing hopes that the two countries might be close t(...)

On the day British prime minister Theresa May met Japanese PM Shinzo Abe the embattled Mrs May reached out to two big unions in a bid to build support ahead of next week’s meaningful vote. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May called the leaders of two of Britain’s biggest unions to seek support for her Brexit deal after her government indi(...)

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, promised to increase childcare places and introduce other measures to encourage couples to have more children. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japan suffered its biggest population decline on record this year, according to new figures that underline the country’s losing battle to raise its bi(...)

A Baird’s beaked whale is pulled out of the water at a slaughterhouse in Wada Port, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, July 30th 2009. Photograph: Frank Robinchon/EPA

Japan will resume commercial whaling from July in its waters and exclusive economic zone while ending its controversial hunts in the Antarctic, it sai(...)

Emperor Akihito delivers his last birthday speech next to Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

More than 82,000 well-wishers paid their respects to Japan’s Emperor Akihito who turned 85 on Sunday, his last birthday celebration at Tokyo’s Imperia(...)

A bust of Lenin in front of a Russian Orthodox church in Yuzhno-Kurilsk on the island of Kunashir. Photograph: Yuri Maltsev/File Photo/Reuters

Russia said on Monday it had built new barracks for troops on a disputed chain of islands near Japan and would build more facilities for armoured vehi(...)

Carlos Ghosn (64) has been detained in Tokyo since his November 19th arrest.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and French president Emmanuel Macron were arranging to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, media said,(...)

Ukrainian ships detained in Kerch Strait on Sunday are seen at a dock  in this still image from video released by the Russian Federal Security Service.

US president Donald Trump has suggested he may cancel his planned meeting with Vladimir Putin over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships las(...)

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