Shouldering a heavy political weight, the team lost its final game, but the outcome was beside the point for many optimistic spectators.
Taro Kono, a U.S.-educated political blue blood who has made a name as a liberal nonconformist, is positioning himself to one day replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
At the Olympics, curious onlookers scrutinize visitors from the isolated North and wonder what a peek at a broader world could achieve.
The détente between North and South transcended several other compelling story lines, including the participation of Russian athletes despite a doping scandal.
We’ve gathered insights from the country’s state news media, analysts, defectors and athletes who have competed alongside North Koreans.
While the country’s ban on abortion is rarely enforced, the procedure is illegal with just a few exceptions, putting women at risk of prosecution and creating a culture of shame, activists say.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could miss the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics as tensions with Seoul flare anew over World War II-era sex slaves.
The notorious Aokigahara Forest looms large for Japan, with its high national suicide rate, though patrols and other steps are helping lower the toll.
She was a news intern. He was a TV journalist. She says he raped her, and she decided to do something Japanese women rarely do: Speak out.
This year, 76 North Korean vessels have washed up, many carrying dead crew. The ghostly armada appears to be disabled fishing boats that drifted on currents.
The memoirs include the emperor’s account of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Japan’s surrender.
Kenneth Franklin Shinzato admitted raping his victim, a 20-year-old Japanese woman, but denied that he intended to kill her.
A no-smoking ordinance being considered by the city raises the question of whether the famously rule-abiding Japanese would obey it.
Eight people were rescued and a search was underway for the other three, the Navy’s Seventh Fleet said. It was the fleet’s fifth accident this year.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nicholas James-McLean had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
President Trump plans to meet with the family of one of at least 17 people abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and ’80s.
Sparse attendance at a speech by Ms. Trump at a women’s empowerment forum contrasted starkly with the breathless local news coverage of her visit.
Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, discussed how Japanese robotics were highly advanced even as communicating by fax remained ingrained.
Takahiro Shiraishi confessed to the police that he had looked on Twitter for people considering killing themselves, and had lured them to his apartment, local news outlets reported.
The leader’s decision to call an early vote has paid off, giving his party a deep majority and fueling his hopes to revise Japan’s pacifist Constitution.