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.
Japan: Exit poll shows Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc winning bigger mandate from voters
An exit poll suggests that Abe has won a majority in the Japanese parliament's upper house.
Some 2,000 Fukushima workers face increased cancer risk
The International Commission on Radiological Protection says 10 percent of the nearly 20,000 workers cleaning up the disabled Fukushima plant have been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Abenomics likely to receive boost from Japanese elections next Monday
A financial analysts for Deutsche Bank predicts movement in yen after a victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his coalition in the Japanese Legislature's Upper House.
Rainfall likely caused steam at Fukushima reactor
Worrisome steam seen rising from the Fukushima nuclear reactor is likely attributable to rain, while nuclear levels remain stable.
Japanese woman sues top Yakuza mob boss for refund
The unidentified restauranteur is suing Japan's top mob boss Kenichi Shinoda for refund of protection payments she says she was forced to pay.
$700 Square watermelons sit on Russia's store shelves (VIDEO)
Not only that, Russia's curious shoppers can't even eat the square watermelons because they're harvested too early to ship from Japan.
London Broiling: Brits brace for what they call heat (PHOTOS)
The language of being hot is universal.
5 signs the Japanese are more old than young
Japan is getting older — and it shows.
Japan’s ‘Abenomics’ — sugar high or national revival?
Japanese youth only know economic decline. Shinzo Abe’s radical stimulus program seeks to undo their skepticism.
Fukushima forever? Japan warns of radioactive water leaking into Pacific
Radioactive groundwater found at the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking into the Pacific, Japan's nuclear watchdog said.
Masao Yoshida, man who saved Japan during tsunami, dies of cancer
After the earthquake triggered tsunami, Masao Yoshida took control of Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
10 amazing McDonald's commercials that explain the world
The golden arches may fulfill a similar longing across the globe, but the way they do it is decidedly different from country to country.
Elderly shoplifters outnumber teenagers in Tokyo for the first time
The apprehended elderly shoplifters were likely to be lonely, according to a police spokesman.
The world is awesome: macaque edition
The only thing better than hot-tubbing macaques is how they got that way in the first place.
Japan emerged unscathed from Global Financial Crisis thanks to bankers' poor English: Aso
Japan can thanks a poor grasp of English among the country's bankers were for weathering the 2008 global credit crisis virtually unscathed, according to Finance Minister Taro Aso.
Japanese man sues national broadcaster NHK for using too many English words
A 71-year-old Japanese man is suing the national broadcaster, claiming elderly viewers are confused by the increasing use of anglicized terms such as Risuku (risk), toraburu (trouble) and asurito (athlete).
S. Korea, Australia to hold 1st high-level security talks next week
South Korea and Australia will hold the so-called "two-plus-two" meeting on July 4.
Is China on the decline?
Commentary: Military buildup is one option to shore up the Chinese economy.
Japan to the UN: Leave us alone on WWII sex slaves
Tokyo has dismissed efforts to force public acknowledgement of the Japanese army's use of "comfort women" during World War II.
Denuclearized North Korea was Kim Jong Il's 'dying wish,' says diplomat
North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il wanted to banish nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang claims, as it seeks to secure international talks.
Toxic radiation in groundwater at Fukushima
Cancer-causing radioactive substances have been found in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
Japanese 'eyeball licking' trend could spread disease
Curious Japan trend of licking your friend's eyeballs may have unpleasant health side effects