This Japanese town is populated almost entirely by creepy dolls
Nagoro has 37 living residents and many times more life-size dolls.
Curious about the biggest trade deal in history? Sorry, it’s classified
Governments and big corporations can read the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not you. Here are 6 ways it could change the world.
In this awesome competition, Japanese sumo wrestlers try to make babies cry
Whoever cries first — or loudest — wins.
A Tokyo cafe just made dining alone even more awkward
The owners felt bad for you and this was their embarrassing solution.
These are the countries where you can drink without being judged
And the ones where you really shouldn't order that second round.
Obama lands in Tokyo for the first US state visit in 18 years
Here are four key changes driving the president's agenda.
There's a lot of tension in the Asia-Pacific right now
It’s no secret why Obama is visiting Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia — and it has little to do with any of those countries.
Did Japanese lawmakers intend to provoke Obama by honoring war criminals?
'In Japan, very few educated Japanese really have detailed knowledge of Imperial Japan’s cruelties, atrocities like massacring civilians and operating a military brothel.'
Why we won’t know what’s up with China's real estate bubble until it's too late
And why that matters to you.
How Japan is once again angering environmentalists with its whale hunting program
Japan has hunted whales under a loophole allowing for lethal research.
South Koreans blame themselves for ferry tragedy
With nearly 300 missing, Koreans indulge a culture of shame.
Japan slaughters 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak
It was the first confirmed outbreak of bird flu in Japan in three years.
How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts
Sorry Russians. When it comes to bingeing, you’ve got nothing on Vietnam’s women.
The South Korean government wants to impose a curfew on smartphone use
Gadget addiction — or nomophobia — is an epidemic in South Korea. Can the plan work?
Japan’s biggest pop star right now is a fetishized hologram
But, like, how'd this happen?
Japan scrambled fighter jets against Chinese planes 415 times last year
Scrambles against Russian planes rose 45 percent to 359 times during the year, also a record.
These 5 countries are crushing the whole gender equality thing at home
And then, of course, there are those that are not.
Japan's Amazon.com caved and said it will stop selling whale meat
When #activism works.
Japan was ordered to stop hunting whales in the Antarctic
The International Court of Justice said no further licenses should be issued for scientific whaling, where animals are first examined for research purposes before the meat is sold to consumers.
Cleanup at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant is halted after worker dies in an accident
Most workers inside the plant are contract laborers hired by multiple layers of construction companies. A Reuters investigation last year found widespread labor abuses.
These 11 countries are banning certain baby names because you can't be trusted
Parents from Saudi Arabia to New Zealand are so irresponsible naming their children that laws are needed to stop them.
Why North Korea test fired medium range missiles today
Kim Jong Un reacts to Obama’s united front. Or maybe he just craves attention.
8 reasons why India’s elections really matter to the world
Nuclear weapons, conflict in Afghanistan, drug-resistant superbugs and the cost of wedding rings are at stake.
US to help eliminate sensitive Japanese atomic material
Japan, the world's only target of atomic bombs in the final stages of World War II, does not have nuclear weapons and says it will not seek to obtain them.
Japan's gaming community has developed a crush on Crimea's attorney general
So of course they're making fan art.
Japan's version of amazon.com gets reamed for selling illegal ivory and whale products
How is that legal again?
Why Koreans are killing themselves in droves
A recent pair of dramatic suicides alarms the upwardly mobile nation.
'Atomic peace mission' has spawned an arsenal-in-waiting
Japan’s appetite for nuclear power seems quixotic for a nation devastated by its dark side.
Japan is still searching for the missing 3 years after the tsunami
Japan on Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster that swept away more than 18,000 people, flattened coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.
The US struggles to make Japan fear nuclear terrorism
A behind-the-scenes debate over Japan's plans to develop a giant plutonium stockpile reveals big cultural clashes.
Japan is creating an enormous pile of plutonium. Should you be worried?
It only takes a few pounds of plutonium to make a weapon, and the most likely source of the critical ingredient is a large-scale production or storage facility — like the one Japan is building.