Made in China: Can China build an Apple or Ikea?
Yes, and it's on the verge.
It's a sad, sad world: Lonely? Enjoy the comforts of a (fake) lady's lap (VIDEO)
Introduced several years ago, the Hizamakura ‘Lap Pillow’ shaped like a lady's lap is enjoying a surge in popularity again among lonely men in Japan.
Battle of the dueling war crimes
Nationalists in Japan and South Korea dredge up Korea’s heinous Vietnam War past.
Carmelo Flores Laura, 123-year-old Bolivian herder, world's oldest living person: report
Bolivia claims the world's oldest person with 123-year-old Aymara herder.
For just $10, you too can rent a tiny hotel room in China
Come for the bed. Stay, if you can, for everything else you need in a very small space.
Here's the missing piece in Japan's growth puzzle:
Japan's growth slows in April-June quarter
Japan's cabinet office said Monday that GDP grew by just 0.6 percent in the second quarter.
Dog lovers, don't worry
Your day is coming.
Holy Shinzo: Japan debt hits 1 quadrillion yen for first time
That's $10.3 trillion. If you can count that high.
Why the Bank of Japan is right to stay 'passive'
The Bank of Japan has signaled the beginnings of laxer monetary policy, perhaps indicating greater confidence in the outlook of the economy.
Happy International Cat Day! Guess which country has the most pet felines?
Otherwise known as God's gift to the internet.
7 things you can do to donuts
You know about cronuts, but have you heard of sushi doughnuts?
Around the world on a rubber duck
Since 2007 Florentijn Hofman's rubber duck has spread joy across the world.
Japan nuclear watchdog says radioactive water spill at Fukushima an 'emergency'
Contaminated groundwater from the Fukushima nuclear plant has breached an underground barrier and is rising toward the surface, Japan's nuclear watchdog warns.
PlanetPic: How Hiroshima marks the anniversary of the atom bomb
Hiroshima will mark the 68th anniversary of the US' atom bomb that leveled the Japanese city, near the end of World War II.
Hiroshima’s forgotten victims: A Korean survivor’s tale
When the US bombed Hiroshima 68 years ago, many victims were Korean forced laborers. Their ordeal has been particularly arduous.
Pakistan says world without nuclear weapons is 'feasible'
Pakistan has said nuclear disarmament is feasible and should be pursued in a universal manner, echoing the mayor of Hiroshima's call for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons.
US military helicopter crashes inside Okinawa base
A US HH-60 helicopter reportedly crashed inside the Japanese air base on Monday with four crew members on board.
A new skunk at the BRICS picnic: Japan
Analysis: ‘Abenomics’ has Japanese corporate profits and GDP growth soaring as emerging markets sputter.
Poisoned dumpling trial held in China
A Chinese man went on trial Tuesday for poisoning frozen dumplings which sickened 13 people in China and Japan.
Are you Japanese and a woman? Congratulations, you'll probably out-live us all
Japan returned to the top spot in terms of women's average life span in 2012, a year after falling to second place behind Hong Kong.
Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan
President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that Caroline Kennedy would be the next US ambassador to Japan.
Japan sends fighter planes after China nears disputed Senkaku islands
Four Chinese ships were spotted in the waters around the Senkaku islands, which Beijing claims and calls Diayou.
Is the world ready for a muscular Japan?
A decisive election victory lets Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indulge in nationalism.
This African city is world's most expensive for expats
Lack of accommodation and high import tax make Luanda, Angola the most expensive for expats.
Consumer confidence in Japan rises, along with Southeast Asia
Japanese consumers are feeling more confident, according to a recent survey, but remain less confident than the global average.
Japan police hunt haiku writer after five killings
A poetry-writing suspected killer was being hunted by Japanese police after the bodies of five people were found in a tiny mountain village.
What if the royal baby had been born in...
16 birth customs from around the world.
Radioactive water leaking from Fukushima into Pacific Ocean, TEPCO says
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater has leaked out into the Pacific Ocean.
7 unthinkable urban comebacks to inspire Detroit
Buck up, Motown. From Juarez to Mogadishu to London, anything's possible.
Japan's Fukushima operator acknowledges contaminated water flowing into sea
Tepco had previously failed to confirm the ground water leakage more than two years after the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.