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.
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.
Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
The effects of war, economic tension and accidental deaths have been mitigated by a sport that both cultures treasure.
The 1995 Tokyo sarin attack helped make Japanese criminal justice dramatically more punitive.
Swedish researcher Andreas Johansson interviewed 30 members of a Japanese Yakuza clan in 2015.
On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. Translated testimony by the power plant's manager reveals how close the world came to a greater catastrophe -- and how much there is to be learned.
In the 1940s, the renowned Anglo-Australian artist became an outlaw just like his most famous subject, Ned Kelly.
The curse of the tattooed ex was well-known in 18th-century Japan.
While sovereign governments need to develop coherent frameworks to regulate cryptocurrency, permanent solutions will be found through international co-operation.
To ensure the success of global trade, we need to understand and make allowances for cultural differences in trust.
The underlying implication of Malcolm Turnbull's Tokyo visit was the interest shared by Japan and Australia to counter the strategic rise of China.
Trump is trying to shape the US as a power in Asia and block China in the process, using techniques familiar to Beijing.
Sporting extravaganzas are a way for globalising cities in emerging market economies to try and play the "modernity game". But they don't make the rules, and so they can never "win".
Throughout the centuries, a number of coal miners have documented their lives with paintings. Some of their works are now in museums and bring the stories of the "pitmen" back to life.
Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
Unsurprisingly, the Japanese feel ambivalent about nuclear power, but part of their energy needs could be answered by the country's tidal potential.
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.