Japan’s traditional mafia organisation, the yakuza, has become almost respectable, leaving space for more violent Chinese gangs to muscle in on their turf.
Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is set to release radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean – but the cause for concern is minimal.
Successive Japanese administrations have tried – and largely failed – to reduce urban overcrowding for 70 years.
The meeting is the first between the leaders since Japan outlined a more assertive defense strategy in December.
In the early decades of the 20th century, people grappled with the sounds modernity wrought. Some heard only noise. Others found great beauty.
Hotei, a Japanese god who carries a large sack, has come to be identified with Santa Claus – except that he brings the goodies on New Year’s Day instead of Christmas.
Sanctions are clearly not deterring North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. But alternative strategies have huge risks, too.
Japan was one of the world’s largest ivory markets – research explains why the country is no longer a key destination for the product.
Twenty-five years on from his promise to become “the very best”, Ash Ketchum has won the Pokémon World Championship. But for a franchise that’s always evolving, this is far from the end.
Shinto and Buddhist ideas about interconnectedness have deeply influenced Japan, shaping centuries-old rituals and stories whose impact continues today.
The Kimono is a distinct cultural symbol of Japan and for that reason, it has a complicated reputation around much of Asia.
The Soviet Union was a latecomer to industrial whaling, but it slaughtered whales by the thousands once it started and radically under-reported its take to international monitors.
Each summer, during the obon festival, apanese people clean altars and family graves to welcome back their ancestors. These contemporary traditions are rooted in ancient rituals.
Issey Miyake’s clothing is both theatrical and practical. The Japanese designer has died aged 84.
Japanese people had to rely totally on materials already present within the country.
As Japanese victims struggled to process the nuclear attack, many turned to religion. The way they understood the horror still has consequences today.
Seven years in the making, this disturbing Australian film looks at the death of 100,000 citizens in during the second world war.
A scholar of Japanese religion explains the connections that Japan’s political parties have with several religious groups and how religion is tied in with the legacy of Shinzo Abe.
Abe was Japan’s longest-serving post-war PM. His legacy, while considerable, is mixed.
Shinzo Abe’s murder is the latest political attack in Japan, a country which has strict gun laws.