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.
The Islamic State beheadings are firing up Japan’s hawks
Despite a pacifist constitution, Prime Minister Abe is demanding a more aggressive response to the terrorists, and a stronger Japan.
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
Prime Minister Abe, on the verge of tears, pledged not to back down and said he would increase humanitarian aid to the Middle East.
Japan working with Jordan to gather info on IS hostage crisis, PM says
Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by the militants.
Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government was making every effort to ensure journalist Kenji Goto's early release.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
IS threatens lives of 2 Japanese hostages in new video (LIVE BLOG)
The militant group says it will kill them unless it receives $200 million in ransom.
Here's why Japan is facing a pretty serious butter shortage
It's so bad that some supermarkets are limiting shoppers to one pack each.
PM Abe's coalition cruises to big win in Japan election
But many voters, doubtful of both the premier's 'Abenomics' strategy and the opposition's ability to do any better, stayed at home.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for 'Abenomics' snap election
An Asahi newspaper poll published on Friday showed Abe's support fell to 39 percent — the lowest since he took office in December 2012.
Japan slips into surprise recession
This is unwelcome news for an already shaky global economy.