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Paris rental on  Perfect Experiences

What Airbnb has popularised – the peer-to-peer rental of apartments, homes and spare bedrooms – the market has embellished with a roster of new and gr(...)

Protest leader Hiroji Yamashiro. Law professor Lawrence Repeta   calls his repeat arrests “a shocking display of raw government power”. Photograph: Richard Atrero de Guzman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

For two decades, a group of mainly elderly people has fought a war of attrition with Japanese authorities over the building of a huge American militar(...)

Japan’s new defence minister Tomomi Inada has long been associated with the hard right of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party  and supports a larger military role for Japan. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Week by week, China solidifies its hold over the South China Sea, resisting all attempts to rein it in. It ignored a damning ruling last month by an (...)

An object, suspected to be half of a nose cone from a North Korean rocket launched in February, that washed up on a Japanese beach, is shown to the media at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan June 23, 2016.  Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Experts in Japan began to examine the suspected nose cone of a North Korean rocket on Thursday that washed up on a Japanese beach. They hope to glean (...)

Protesters hold placards that read: “US marines, withdraw” during a protest rally against the presence of US military bases on Okinawa island. Photograph: Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP

Tens of thousands of people on Okinawa have protested against the presence of US military bases on the Japanese island. Many wore black to mourn the(...)

Protesters raise placards  during a rally against the US military presence on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Photograph:  Kyodo/via Reuters

Tens of thousands of people gathered in sweltering heat on Japan’s Okinawa island on Sunday in one of the biggest demonstrations in two decades agains(...)

‘The island where people forget to die” is a tagline that was given to the tiny island of Ikaria in Greece by Dan Buettner in an article in the New Y(...)

At the G7 in Japan: (left to right), European Council president Donald Tusk, French president Francois Hollande, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Japanese prime minister Shizo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

It has become something of an annual cliché: the fixed smiles of the world’s most powerful men and women engaging in an uncomfortable-looking photo op(...)

From left, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, French president Francois Hollande, US president Barack Obama, British prime minister David Cameron (hidden), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk (hidden) walk before a G7 photo session at the Shima Kanko Hotel  in Kashikojima, Japan. Photograph:  Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images

Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly a(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe walks towards a memorial to lay flowers for victims of the second World War Battle of Okinawa during a memorial service on Tuesday. Photograph: Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe was heckled and jeered at a tense commemoration on Tuesday marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa. A(...)

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