Iwao Hakamada in 2014.
Iwao Hakamada was tried for quadruple murder in 1966, but the evidence that convicted him is regarded with widespread scepticism.
President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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US-Japan relations are under pressure. As leaders of the two countries meet this week, a scholar tells the story of the exchange program that made such a difference to American attitudes toward Japan.
Japanese soldiers of the Sino-Japanese War.
As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: "bushido".
Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer.
In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.
Shin'ya Tsukamoto (right) and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016).
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Martin Scorsese's new film Silence will be shown to an audience of priests at the Vatican today. It tells the story of persecuted Christians in 17th century Japan - an event still remembered by Nagasaki's Catholic community.
The Yasakuni shrine commemorates those who are remembered for the wrong reasons.
Mourning a death is natural and necessary, but sometimes politics gets in the way of grief.
Barack Obama and Shinzō Abe at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Barack Obama sounded a hopeful note – but both the US and Japan still fall short.
Storytellers can’t agree whether 16th-century consort Gracia Hosokawa was a victim or a hero.
The story of 16th century Japanese woman Gracia Hosokawa has been told many times but storytellers can't agree on whether she was a victim or a hero.