Valentine's Day: from Pagan spanking to romantic ornithology

Briefing Fri 14 Feb, AT 10:15

The Valentine's Day holiday of love so is much more than petrol station flowers and silent meals for two

Five dead after hydrogen blast rocks chemical plant in Japan

One-Minute Read Thu 9 Jan, AT 09:55

Explosion at Mitsubishi Materials complex reportedly caused by maintenance crew working on heat exchanger

Christmas customs: the world's seven strangest festive traditions

Briefing Fri 20 Dec, AT 08:54

From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas provides a host of odd traditions

Will China's new air defence zone lead to war with Japan?

Talking Point Fri 29 Nov, AT 11:24

East Asia looks 'an ever more dangerous place', warn commentators, as China sends in warplanes


US bombers make 'direct challenge' to Chinese air zone

One-Minute Read Wed 27 Nov, AT 13:55

Beijing allows US and Japanese aircraft into its expanded air space, but says it's 'monitoring' them

Worst radioactive water leak yet at Fukushima plant

One-Minute Read Tue 20 Aug, AT 15:35

Frantic efforts underway at Japanese nuclear plant as cause of radioactive leak remains unknown

Yen, Japan

Japan exports soar by most from 2010 as yen weakens

One-Minute Read Wed 19 Jun, AT 12:45

The increase in exports provides a boost to prime minister Shinzo Abe's economy revival plan

Japanese coat hugs you and whispers in your ear - video

Video Wed 10 Apr, AT 15:00

Engineering students unveil a high-tech coat for lonely men that simulates a woman's squeeze

Nikkei hits five-year high

One-Minute Read Fri 5 Apr, AT 10:37

Bank of Japan 'deadly serious about their plans to reflate economy'