The China-Japan boat standoff escalated Tuesday with a stern warning from the Chinese prime minister, Wen Jiabao.
A Japanese photographer seeks to remind those who have moved to urban areas of the charms of daily life in their hometowns.
With no end to the fishing boat dispute in sight, relations between Asia's two biggest economies are in danger of backsliding.
Japan's Justice Ministry said Friday that more than 230,000 centenarians are missing and probably dead. Family neglect and fraud are factors.
China is playing down its new economic status now that it has overtaken Japan as the 2nd largest economy in the world, saying it is still a developing country.
Some are pointing fingers at Iran, which has threatened to close off the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions, for denting a Japanese oil tanker this week. Some 40 percent of the world's oil shipments pass through the strait.