Akihito has signalled that he is ready to abdicate, leaving a hidebound nation whose identity is still defined by its ancient imperial hierarchy

The Japanese Prime Minister’s bold reforms are now paying off

The hostility in Sino-Japanese relations

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A new exhibition at the V&A seeks to rehabilitate a style that sought to inspire wonder and awe