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.
More than 138 cities in China now ban fireworks for New Year's celebrations, citing air quality. But our correspondent plans to light off a whopping big string of 10,000 pops, like most of his neighbors.
Email hacks, shadowing, petitions, placards and curses are being aimed at the organizers of Hong Kong's 'umbrella movement,' which ended months ago. The bullying tactics increasingly look like those faced by activists on the mainland.
A housewife was found guilty Tuesday of severely mistreating an Indonesian domestic worker, one of roughly 330,000 working in the territory. Millions of migrant maids are employed in households in Asia and the Middle East.
Manufacturing, housing, and infrastructure are no longer growing at double-digit rates, leaving China more vulnerable to sluggish demand from overseas. A shift towards domestic-led growth is still a work in progress.
China is already sounding furious about the idea, first floated by the US Seventh Fleet commander. But Japanese leader Shinzo Abe's aim has long been to beef up security cooperation and extend its reach to vital shipping lanes.
The nomination of a police chief under investigation for corruption has ensnared President Joko Widodo in a row between rival government agencies. His alliance with former President Megawati is now in the spotlight.
'Never let textbooks promoting Western values enter into our classes,' says China's education minister. Meanwhile, Chinese officials are immobilizing VPN's that allow ordinary citizens access to an uncensored Internet.
State media reports some 14 police in southern China, including one director, were suspended after beating up journalists tipped off to the kind of luxury banquet President Xi Jinping is trying to curtail.