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.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe loses 2 ministers over cash scandals
Their loss reduces to three the number of women in the cabinet, after Abe's widely-praised move in September to promote a record-tying five to his administration.
Typhoon Vongfong kills 2 people, injures nearly 100 in Japan
More than 800,000 people nationwide had been urged to leave their homes, while more than 150,000 homes lost power, NHK said.
31 presumed dead after Japan volcano erupts
Hikers, including children, were admiring the autumn foliage at the peak of the volcano when it unexpectedly erupted.
Tragedy hits the Himalayas
An avalanche swept away two European climbers, while a veteran Japanese mountaineer plunged to his death.
Are these hilarious plane-shaped scooters part of Japan's military expansion plans?
Japan's real-life superhero, Mangetsu-man, is literally cleaning up the streets of Tokyo
It's a one-man crusade against grime.
Under pressure from the Islamic State, Al Qaeda opens South Asia front
Someone is starving for attention.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles cabinet, appoints more women
Abe gave women almost a third of the posts in his 18-minister cabinet to show his commitment to promoting women as part of his "Abenomics" growth strategy.
Hello Kitty fans are in shock after learning the global icon is not a cat
'Hello Kitty is a personification of a cat,' a company spokesperson told Kotaku gaming blog. What?
This weird funeral expo in Japan offers people the chance to 'try before you die'
It's all about planning the perfect goodbye.
The trouble with Abenomics
Optimism in Japan suddenly seems very short lived.
Can kimchi cure Ebola?
Some Koreans are convinced it could. Either way, the stuff is so good for you that you may as well indulge.
This badass Japanese politician is organizing a pro wrestling match in North Korea
Will he Inoki-slap Kim Jong Un?
Bali’s government is on an unrepentant dog-killing spree
9 incredible lessons in parenting from around the world
Every culture has kids. Some just raise them better than others.
Arrested Japanese artist: 'My vagina is not obscene'
Since when did any old vagina become verboten in the land of kinky fetishes?
23 crazy images of Super Typhoon Neoguri that will remind you to fear nature
Why China fears the Falun Gong
Explainer: Is the group really a dangerous cult? Does it believe in snake spirits and ghosts? And do authorities really harvest members’ organs?
Although they live freely in Japan, these Koreans still support Kim Jong Un
Why do they swear allegiance to an abusive regime?
People love to watch this Japanese politician crying hysterically
Which isn't as messed up as it sounds.