After a panel of experts estimated the costs of hosting the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo at $30 billion, officials are searching for ways to mitigate expenses.
Mount Barujari erupted without warning on Tuesday. Fifty climbers are still missing but believed to be safe.
A news conference by Amnesty International, set to unveil details on torture by the military and police, was cancelled after Thai authorities threatened to arrest two of the speakers.
Japanese fighter jets were sent to respond to Chinese forces coming too close to contested islands in the East China sea on Sunday. China has been conducting drills in the region.
Chinese officials appear to have admitted they lost control of the Tiangong-1, the country's first space station.
After last week's flyover, the US Air Force called this week's flight the closest bombers have ever flown to North Korea.
Renho Murata was elected head of Japan's main opposition party on Thursday, marking the third woman to assume a top political position in recent weeks.
China and Russia are conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea, causing some to criticize the chosen location as unnecessarily provocative.
North Korea's official state media acknowledged the flooding is the result of the 'heaviest downpours' since 1945. But if international aid is delivered, will it reach the country's most affected citizens?