As Japanese imperialism rose and fell, its leaders interpreted and re-interpreted a single distinctive concept: "bushido".
Coming on the heels of 'gold', 'blond' and 'wealthy', 'north' is a telling symbol of how Japan saw 2017.
Still smarting from centuries of ancient humiliation, China is ready to rise to global supremacy.
How did a man once suspected of dubious far-right sympathies end up on the threshold of a record third term?
Tens of thousands of North Koreans live in China. Their lives are often no better than they were at home.
As despotic personality cults go, Stalin's example still leads the pack. But North Korea's ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Japan's security is based on the guarantee that America will protect it, come what may – but that guarantee may no longer be reliable.
Getting out of North Korea isn't easy, but tens of thousands have managed it nonetheless.
China's Xi Jinping has a crucial political manoeuvre to execute at home – and North Korea has stolen the limelight.
Pyongyang's latest test isn't the great leap forward it purports to be.
Far from a belligerent rogue state, North Korea is isolated, broke and hungry for attention.
South Korea has a very particular part to play in handling Pyongyang, but Moon Jae-in has a different one in mind.
Kim Jong-il and Bill Clinton looked to have done a deal to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons programme for good. What went wrong?
For China’s ethnic minorities, the state's development programme is a matter of political control.
Intentionally or not, Trump's approach to North Korea makes more sense than many people think.
China's conventional military assets are intimidating enough, but its latest technological advances could transform the military balance in its neighbourhood.
Since the late 1970s, East Asia has seen fewer deaths in conflict than any other continent. Can it keep the peace?
Seoul's Blue House looks set to host its first liberal president in a decade.
There's nowhere quite like Japan – or at least, that's how the Japanese government tells it.
A troublesome 'little brother' is exhausting the sympathy on which it heavily relies.