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Human Rights Watch said the compulsory sterilisation requirement is abusive and outdated. File Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Human Rights Watch has urged Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilised to have their gender changed on official documents. (...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman:  alleged to have been stripped of some of his  authority. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

The heir to the Saudi throne has not attended a series of high-profile ministerial and diplomatic meetings in Saudi Arabia over the last fortnight and(...)

Lesbian activists Hiroko Masuhara (front left) and her partner Koyuki Higashi (front right) hold a banner reading, ‘congrats on the same sex partnership statute’ as transgender activist Fumino Sugiyama and gay activist Gon Matsunaka (right) hold another banner behind them after Tokyo’s Shibuya ward recognised same-sex partnerships outside the Shibuya city hall in Tokyo in this photo taken on March 31st, 2015. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

Tokyo’s most popular cruising spot for gay men is a seven-storey building tucked off a back street near the Shinjuku business and shopping area. On F(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks on Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House, where he lamented that he will probably never be given the Nobel Peace Peace Prize, in spite of deserving it. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

US president Donald Trump made the case on Friday that he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but comp(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and prime minister Theresa May. Japanese negotiators have been instructed to get the best deal possible for Japan

Britain and Japan have made little progress on a new trade deal in the past 18 months, according to officials involved in the talks, with tariffs set (...)

The stricken   Fukushima  nuclear power plant in  2011. The accident at the   plant was unleashed by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Photograph:  Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, was gamely trying to make a virtue out of a catastrophic liab(...)

Wang Qishan, China’s vice-president, insisted China’s growth rate in 2018 of 6.6 per cent was still “a pretty significant number, not low at all”. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

China’s top economic official has discounted mounting fears that decades of breathtaking expansion were beginning to falter in the face of a US trade (...)

Davos: the World Economic Forum opens on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

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(...)

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