Like Japan, the UK is facing an ageing population that is compounding other problems putting pressure on the labour market.
Though it causes great personal pain, Hiroshima's last remaining orphans still want the world to hear their stories, 75 years on.
What do the Carlos Ghosn scandal, the rising power of algorithms and the "gilets jaunes" have in common? The need to extend the spatial and temporal definitions of responsibility.
Japan is targeting an 'upmarket' audience of wealthy business executives, city professionals, millennial foodies and highbrow arts enthusiasts.
From a sarin attack on a city subway to the rebirth of Buddha to protest marches against indecent magazines, Japan's religious movements have covered a lot of ground.
When the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it unleashed one of the most devastating events in history, which still has implications today.
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima demonstrated the difficulty of managing a disaster at a nuclear power plant. What is the situation in France?
Global travelers are being increasingly asked if they want to pay for local purchases in terms of their home country currency. Here's why you should resist the strong temptation to do so.
From Greece, to the UK, to Japan and even Sweden, a slew of places in the Northern Hemisphere are suffering extreme heat. And the chances of extreme heat records tumbling are growing all the time.
Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, served in the Japanese imperial court. She transformed her experiences into an intricate narrative fusing fiction, history, and poetry.
Welcome to the wonderful world of kamishibai – a centuries-old Japanese storytelling tradition.
Iwao Hakamada was tried for quadruple murder in 1966, but the evidence that convicted him is regarded with widespread scepticism.
At this stage one can only judge the atmospherics and optics of the summit, and on that basis, Beijing and Pyongyang have plainly come out ahead, while Tokyo and Seoul seem to have been overlooked.
The highly awaited summit has the potential to lead to real peace on the peninsula- but only if both countries can find a common interest on which to build an agreement.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.
While many of its Asian neighbours are striving to get smoking under control, Indonesia is the stubborn exception.
An MP from Japan's governing party recently commented that single women were a burden on the state. But many young women, and men, are rethinking the lure of married life.
Could the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea between American and Japanese aircraft carriers have turned out differently?
In the 1970s, both Kyoto and Melbourne made fateful decisions about their transport networks. Melbourne today enjoys the benefits of trams, while Kyoto lives with the consequences of losing them.
Character, resilience, convenience and sustainability are what make cities great places to live and learn.