March 12, 2012 The northeast coast of Japan has an older population, fewer jobs and more tsunamis than the rest of the country. The regional economy had been declining long before last year's disaster. Many people say in order to survive, the region needs to remake itself.
March 9, 2012 A new independent report on the Fukushima nuclear accident found that a far worse meltdown — one that could have forced the evacuation of Tokyo's 30 million people — was narrowly avoided. It also suggests that Japan also suffered a failure of government regulation, supervision and response.
February 28, 2012 Myanmar is opening up, after a nominally civilian government replaced a decades-old military regime last year and began political changes. The metamorphosis is occurring from the top down. But crucial questions remain unanswered, and it's unclear whether the moves are permanent.
February 15, 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi is campaigning for a seat in parliament to represent a rural district four hours from the country's biggest city, Yangon. It's a scene that seemed impossible only a few months ago, before the country's military-backed government began a process of reform aimed at ending international sanctions.
January 30, 2012 In Muslim-majority Malaysia, religious authorities recently broke up a meeting of a controversial religious group. The group is observing the Prophet Muhammad's birthday with a campaign to promote what it describes as an "Islamic sex life," based on polygamy and the obedience of wives to their husbands. The group's critics are not sure whether it's a joke to be dismissed or a threat to be eliminated.
January 19, 2012 In the modern history of Asia, college students have often played a leading role in pushing for political reform. But in Malaysia, a 40-year-old law bans the country's college students from participating in politics. Adam Adli, 22, is leading a high-profile battle to abolish the law.
December 28, 2011 North Korea staged a dramatic state funeral for its late leader Kim Jong Il. Leading the ceremonies was Kim's third son and apparent successor, Kim Jung Un. North Korean media reports portray the young Kim in full control of the impoverished, nuclear-armed country. But while consolidating his political power may be easy, establishing his legitimacy will be tougher.
December 22, 2011 The death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il puts his son and heir apparent in the spotlight, even as preparations for next week's state funeral are still under way. The younger Kim inherits a country in dire economic straits, and faces a tough fight to consolidate his political power and legitimacy.
December 19, 2011 The death of North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader was announced Monday by state television. Kim's iron rule and nuclear ambitions for his isolated Communist nation dominated world security fears for more than a decade.