North Korea fires 2 short-range ballistic missiles
The missile launch comes ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul on Thursday.
Asia embraces blackface-style ads. Get ready to cringe
Asian TV is enduring a disconcerting fad — for a laugh or to sell soap.
License to boogie? Japan moves to ease its ban on late-night dancing
'I think politicians and authorities are feeling pressure as they don't want Japan to be seen as a boring place by foreign tourists,' said Takahiro Saito, a Tokyo-based lawyer.
Angry Japanese farmers say their animals are poisoned by radiation
'Our cows cannot be shipped as meat. They are evidence of lives affected by radiation,' farm leader Masami Yoshizawa said.
After years of international pressure, Japan is finally banning possession of child porn
The new law, however, excludes an original clause calling for a study onto the effects of pornographic manga involving young children.
A really expensive nursing home for dogs is opening in Japan
Expect to pay at least $1,000 a month.
Why the Japanese live so long
Despite soaring stress levels, Japan boasts the highest life expectancy of any major country. Here's why.
Those adorable teacup pups, loved by celebrities, often begin life in abusive breeding mills
GlobalPost investigation: For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.
11 times Japanese businessmen passed out drunk in public — and no one cared
This is a culture where drinking is a job requirement.
These new cookies sold in Tokyo claim to make your breasts bigger
"F-cup cookies" come in two flavors — soy milk or pralines and chocolate.
Get this free app and you too can have a cute girl watching you all the time
It's called 'Watching Cute Girl,' but really she watches you.
Happy World Goth Day! Here are goths from around the world
Today, we're celebrating our brothers and sisters in darkness from Argentina to Zimbabwe. But not Zimbabwe. There aren't any; we looked.
This rare megamouth shark caught in Japan may be the coolest (or grossest) thing ever
Only several dozen have ever been spotted.
Japanese haiku should probably be the official language of diplomacy
Politicians would be restricted to 17 syllables.
On Location Video: Meet the beautiful, melancholy women paid to flirt in Japan
More and more young Japanese women aspire to work as a hostess.
Japanese fans are calling Gareth Edwards' Godzilla an 'American fatty'
All of Japan is ragging on America's version of Godzilla.
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?