October 29, 2013 An Egyptian kung fu champion is suspended for supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Also, Japanese financial regulators examined the records of three major banks. And a tunnel now connects the Asian and European parts of Istanbul.
October 21, 2013 The plant, to be built by a French company, would be the first in Britain in 20 years. France and Britain are among the few European nations that are planning an energy future with a strong nuclear component. Across much of the continent, existing plants are being phased out, most notably in Germany.
October 17, 2013 The site of an infamous yearly dolphin hunt in Japan may also soon become the site of a marine park where tourists could swim with dolphins and small whales. The catch? Money generated by the park would help support the annual cetacean slaughter. Commentator Barbara J. King calls the proposed park indefensible.
October 7, 2013 The purchase of 31 next-generation A350s marks the first time the Japanese carrier has opted to buy from the European aircraft-maker.
September 18, 2013 The debate can be heard across borders. Foreign workers are now finding jobs in highly homogeneous countries such as South Korea. But in other rapidly aging countries such as Japan, policymakers are wary of allowing immigrant labor.
September 14, 2013 Japan has sent a space telescope into orbit, as its new Epsilon rocket delivered its payload to orbit altitude Saturday. The country's Japan's space agency calls the launch a step toward its goal "to lower hurdles to space." The launch was reportedly done via laptop.
September 7, 2013 Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the IOC said in an announcement that was streamed live Saturday. Tokyo won 60 votes in the final round, to Istanbul's 36.
September 5, 2013 Japanese whiskey-makers are protective of their product and want the prized spirit to be consumed a certain way. In Japan, that means serving it with particular foods and diluting it with pure water.
August 27, 2013 The horrific effects of chemical weapons used during World War I led to a treaty banning their use. But Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein deployed them several decades later during his country's war with Iran, as well as on Kurds in the town of Halabja. Before the latest reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria, a Japanese cult used sarin gas in a 1995 attack on Tokyo's subway system.
August 21, 2013 Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the country has taken multiple steps to raise its military profile, revising a policy that has been little changed since the end of World War II.
August 6, 2013 It's being called a destroyer, or perhaps a helicopter carrier. But by any name, Japan launched a new warship Tuesday that is its largest since World War II. The ship was shown to the public on the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and at a time of rising tension with China.
July 23, 2013 A crowd moved quickly Monday to tip a train car enough so that a woman who had fallen on to the tracks could be freed. Eight minutes later, the train was on its way again.
July 18, 2013 Japanese grilled cuisine packs a "one-two punch," says cookbook co-author Harris Salat. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that the techniques emphasize food's natural flavors and focuse on simplicity, while sweet and sour tastes duel for dominance.
June 7, 2013 Hollande made the mistake standing right next to the Japanese prime minister. Elysée officials said: "He is tired."