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Utagawa Hiroshige II. "View of Akiba and Fukuroi-kite" (Enshû Akiba takkei Fukuroi-dako) from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces ca. 1859-1864. 13 in. x 9 in.

from Mail Online

Prince William to visit China and Japan in February

The Duke of Cambridge is set to visit China early next year but will be without the Duchess of Cambridge, who will be nearly eight months pregnant. It is hoped the visit will boost diplomatic relations.

from the Guardian

Ed Balls: 'Lost decade' for economy looms if George Osborne fails to act

The British economy risks being plunged into a lost decade of Japanese-style stagnation unless the government tempers its austerity drive with a plan for jobs and growth, Ed Balls warns today. In an interview with the Observer the shadow chancellor says that without a change of direction from the chancellor, George Osborne, the economy could dip in and out of recession for a "very long time", as Japan's did from the early 1990s.