Apr 28, 2013 — The day marks the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II. The day was an election pledge by the prime minister, who in recent weeks has adopted a more hawkish security stance.
Apr 10, 2013 — Humans were using cookware as early as 15,000 years ago, according to a new analysis of ancient Japanese ceramic pots. Those first meals? Fish soup.
Apr 1, 2013 — The daughter of the nation's 35th president has been talked about as a potential envoy to Tokyo. Now, multiple news outlets say they've been told she's President Obama's choice and is being vetted for the job.
Feb 20, 2013 — Japan says an auxiliary battery was improperly connected to the main battery that overheated, forcing an emergency landing.
Dec 16, 2012 — Japanese voters went to the polls this Sunday and according to early media exit polls, the opposition Liberal Democratic Party appears to have won a clear majority.
Oct 1, 2012 — A new law, which went into effect today, means illegally downloading a song could mean two years in jail.
Sep 17, 2012 — China's state-run media warns of trade retaliation against Japan, following a weekend of anti-Japanese protests across China over Japan's purchase of disputed islands in the East China Sea. As the economic cost of these protests begins to escalate, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim tries to find out exactly who's behind them.
Sep 15, 2012 — A controversy that has lasted decades boiled over this past week, spilling into China's streets Saturday. Thousands demonstrated in one of the biggest protests in Beijing in recent years.
Jun 19, 2012 — Japanese car makers are getting killed by the exchange rate, so they're expanding production in the U.S.
Jun 15, 2012 — Thirteen people died and another 6,000 were injured in the attack on Tokyo's subways by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult. Katsuya Takahashi was on the run for 17 years. He allegedly helped one of the attackers flee.