Apr 18, 2014 — After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.
Apr 14, 2014 — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has spoken about the idea with President Obama, and Japan is reportedly willing to include billions of dollars in loans to help underwrite the expensive project.
Apr 8, 2014 — NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.
Mar 31, 2014 — Japan's government had argued that whales were hunted for research purposes. The International Court of Justice said there wasn't enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales.
Mar 28, 2014 — After the Civil War, Horace Wilson left his farm for Japan, where he introduced baseball. He's a legend there, something his relatives, including NPR's Theo Balcomb, didn't know for generations.
Mar 24, 2014 — Tokyo had long maintained the cache of highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium for research purposes. The deal is a major nonproliferation victory for the White House.
Mar 18, 2014 — Eight hundred years ago, tea traveled to Japan from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. These ancient jugs, now on display in Washington, D.C., helped launch Japan's tea culture.
Mar 5, 2014 — Beijing has proposed increasing its military outlays by 12.2 percent due in part to what one official called "severe security challenges."
Feb 27, 2014 — A new energy plan reverses an earlier decision to phase out nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster. The public is largely opposed to nuclear power, but Japan says it's necessary to meet demand.
Feb 21, 2014 — A senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Pacific Fleet says China has been wargaming a conflict in the East China Sea that might center around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain.