Under strict gun laws, Japan's mass killers must rely on knives instead
Japan just had its deadliest mass killing since World War II. It was the fatal stabbing of 19 people with mental disabilities.
Ex-employee kills 19 in Japan care home knife attack
The 26-year-old attacker had been hospitalised earlier this year after delivering a letter to parliament in which he threatened to kill hundreds of the disabled.
Protesters rally against US military on Okinawa
Tens of thousands rallied Sunday on the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel.
Japanese 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners
"If you are more than 15 kilos (33 pounds) above the average weight for your height, we ask you refrain from making a reservation."
Missing boy case sparks discipline debate in Japan
"This case could be a chance to think about how we engage with children."
The student group in Japan that's made it cool to protest
There's a negative image of protesters in Japan, but one student group is changing that.
In search of okonomiyaki, the addictive Japanese pancake
Okonomiyaki hasn't caught on in the United States, but perhaps it's time.
After the quake: A 'spoiled European' finds Japan at its best in a crisis
What it's been like living in one of Kumamoto's volunteer-run shelters after a series of earthquakes.
Utada Hikaru upended the Japanese music scene like no one before — or since
Utada Hikaru was the first Japanese musician to do it all: sing, write and be a pop star. She quickly became one of the country's most successful musicians.
Second deadly quake hits Japan, 'race against time' to find survivors
Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck.
You can buy ivory necklaces through Yahoo Japan for pennies
It's dodgy but legal, to conservationists' dismay.
Japan accepts 27 refugees last year, rejects 99%
The country has long been nervous about an influx of refugees into its homogeneous society and has tightly restricted the number it accepts.
Giant squid makes rare appearance in Japanese port
A giant squid that wandered into a Japanese port has given enthusiasts and experts a rare glimpse of the mysterious creature before it was guided back out to sea.
Japan made an $8 million apology to its former 'comfort women'
Japan has struck a compensation deal with South Korea that it says ends the dispute over wartime sex slaves once and for all.
'Armed' Chinese ship near disputed isles, Japan's coast guard says
Japan and China routinely butt heads over ownership of the uninhabited East China Sea islets, but this time the ship was said to be armed.
Japan doesn’t stop married women from keeping their names. It just makes it really, really hard
So hard that only 4 percent of women do it.
The Japanese are fighting over their country's status as a pacifist country
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to amend the constitution so he can fight foreign wars. But many Japanese are having none of it.
More Japanese kids will likely kill themselves on Sept. 1 than on any other day in 2015
Some children would rather die than go back to school after the summer vacation.
Beijing’s WWII parade is so much fun they’ve banned balloons, birds, and reality TV
Oh, and you're not allowed to watch it from your window.
Someone just bombed central Bangkok, Thai police say
Several people are reported dead in a rare bombing in Thailand's capital.
A year since Ferguson, what has really changed?
So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have been shot and killed by police — one every nine days.
Japan's Abe rapped as Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of A-bomb
Japan on Sunday honored the 74,000 lives lost after the atomic bomb, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire for his attempts to expand the military's role.
Hiroshima simulation: Enter any location in the world and visualize the bomb's aftermath
Scary — but not as scary as the real thing, which happened 70 years ago on Thursday.
Team USA crushes Japan 5-2 to win third World Cup title
The United States, winners in 1991 and 1999, became the first nation to win the crown three times.
Bowling could be a sport at the 2020 Olympics
Event organizers are also considering adding baseball, karate and squash.
Japan is about to start hunting whales again
Japan said it would resume its controversial annual whale hunt despite condemnation by international activist groups.
Powerful 7.8 quake shakes Japan
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Japanese coast Saturday, geologists said, shaking buildings in Tokyo and setting off car alarms, an AFP correspondent reported.
A Japanese bar has created 'violent' drink coasters to stop domestic abuse
It's a noble, if flawed, campaign.
In historic move, the US and Japan revise defense ties
Japanese armed forces will take on a more ambitious global role to counter balance China's rising sway.
The world's most deadly migrant route just got deadlier
So many of the world's current crises can be traced back to the chaos engulfing Libya.
I wanted to look like a K-Pop star. So I went to a plastic surgery clinic
Here is the story — and the before and after photos of my transformation.