Bride in Japan

Japanese agency offers 'solo weddings' for single women

One-Minute Read Tue 23 Dec, AT 12:27

Single 'brides' can buy a dress and even pose with a 'decorative man' between the ages of 20 and 70

A humpback whale

What will Japan learn by resuming 'research' whaling?

One-Minute Read Wed 9 Jul, AT 13:03

Japan announces it will resume 'scientific whaling' in 2015, despite ban by the ICJ

England trainer Gary Lewin is stretchered off the field

England physio Lewin flies home; Croatia nude pics row

Summary Mon 16 Jun, AT 11:30

World Cup whispers: injured physio out of the tournament, Japan fans clean up stadium

Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage

Paul McCartney cancels whole tour of Japan due to illness

One-Minute Read Tue 20 May, AT 10:02

Beatles star 'disappointed' to let down fans but doctors have ordered him to have 'complete rest'

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

The world's 7 strangest festive traditions

Briefing Thu 18 Dec, AT 16:01

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