The election may not have generated huge excitement or change in Japan, but here's why it matters.
A new state secrets law has come into effect, and many journalists and newspapers - though not all - fear it will lead to a crack down on the press.
For many in Asia, the Yasukuni Shrine might be the most offensive place on earth.
Why Germany doesn't want China anywhere near a holocaust memorial
It may be the ultimate symbol of why two countries that have so much to gain from cooperation almost never do.
The most plausible case may be that Beijing wanted to boost its internal legitimacy.
Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi facility is isolated and silent, with no clear sign of the problems occurring out of sight.
It's not considered a major threat but is an eery reminder of the March 2011 quake.
A lack of interest in romantic relationships is setting off a demographic time-bomb that threatens all of us.