Historical grievances, domestic politics, the US-China trade war and a looming global recession are all at play.
The day and a half it takes to get from New York to Singapore and back offers plenty of time to ponder the economics of ultra-long-haul flights – and wonder why we'd want to make it any longer.
With the risk of a nuclear conflict seeming higher than ever, how much do EU citizens really know about nuclear weapons and their use? A new survey provides striking answers.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here's what readers need to know.
Trump believes the money Americans spend on Chinese imports like the iPhone goes straight into China's pockets. In reality, China gets very little value from it.
Centuries-old shinise businesses have withstood Westernisation, changing tastes and increasing competition.
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Despite low crime rates, indiscriminate mass stabbings aren't unheard of in Japan. But unlike recent mass killings in Western countries, they aren't motivated by right-wing ideology.
Japan's global influence has waned in recent years. Showing that renewables can decouple emissions from economic success could help the country find its niche and spark a race to power the Earth.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs the US to confront North Korea, revitalize Japan's economy and boost his standing at home. And he knows flattery is the way to this president's heart.
History tells us there were eight women who ruled as empresses of Japan, but since reforms of the constitution in 1947, only a man can inherit the throne.
By acquiring knowledge of other places and people, travel can make us more peaceful in our interactions with others.
Urban adaptation to climate change is more effective where local citizens participate.
Japan's 86-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 — an exceedingly rare event for this ancient monarchy. Can his son, Prince Naruhito, give Japan's royal family a modern makeover?
The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.
In 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster struck Japan. Eight years later, Fukushima is perceived in very different ways by the West and by Japan.
The humble zipper has some profound things to tell us about innovation, competitive advantage and international trade.
Globally, the car industry is struggling. But Brexit is pushing manufacturers out of the UK.
What Brexit means for future UK-Japan business.