Intense focus on the number of children per family is giving way to concern about preparing them to thrive in adulthood. In the countryside, that means teaching parents and grandparents long focused on providing food and clothing how to read to and play with their offspring.
The Pacific island nation saw virtually every non-concrete building flattened on some islands. While the confirmed dead are currently at 8, local officials said that number is certain to rise in the coming hours.
With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and on the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese-American writer talks about Japan, the West, responsibility, history, and fun.
Authorities are tracking ties between Pyongyang and Kim Ki-Jong, the man who slashed US ambassador Mark Lippert last week and has visited North Korea at least six times. But are the real causes of attack closer to home?
The prime minister has seized on the murder of two Japanese hostages to reenergize his bid to revise the pacifist Constitution. But polls indicate that even modest moves that fall short of that alarm many Japanese.
Supporters of South Korea's 62-year-old anti-adultery law said it promoted monogamy and kept families intact. But opponents argued that the government had no right to interfere in people's private lives and sexual affairs.
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
With a gravity-defying haircut and shortened eyebrows revealed last week, North Korea's paramount leader may be modeling his appearance on granddad Kim Il-sung. South Koreans are amused at attention paid to Kim by foreigners.