Ahead of his abdication, Emperor Akihito again expressed remorse for World War II in a speech on the anniversary of Japan's surrender. Throughout his reign, he has visited some of the harshest battlefields of the war and promoted pacifist, democratic views.
North and South Korean officials met for rare high-level military talks, which concluded with no agreement. Experts say it is unclear what progress can be made in the near future because easing tensions must include North Korea's denuclearization.
A used bookshop owner in Japan found the memo tucked away in a journal. The document gives the first glimpse into conversation between Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is waging the most severe systematic crackdown on Christianity since religious freedom was written into the country's constitution in 1982, experts and activists say.
The Japanese high school students are using virtual reality to transport users back in time to before, during, and after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 73 years ago today.
Jacinda Adern, New Zealand's third female and youngest ever prime minister, has returned to office after six weeks of maternity leave, hoping one day her path "will be normal" among elected leaders.
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have been working to prevent conflict in the disputed waters of the South China sea for years. In a new sign of progress, an early draft of the negotiations has been agreed upon.
A staff member puts contact gel on the cap of a competitor during a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) controlled robot contest at the World Robot Conference (WRC) in Beijing on Aug. 17.
In a country where police respond to a domestic violence incident every four minutes, employers must now give survivors escaping abusive situations up to 10 days paid leave. New Zealand is the second country after the Philippines in 2004 to pass this kind of policy.
The report from a Washington D.C.-think tank comes amid concerns about North Korea's willingness to live up to the commitments made at the June summit with President Trump. The images are claimed to show dismantling work at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.
As tourism rapidly increases in Bali, garbage collection services and infrastructure have failed to keep up. But citizens are making efforts with initiatives like self-funded apps, green camps for children, and volunteer cleanups, to counter the growing trash problem.
Five years after imposing a policy to stem the tide of asylum seekers, hundreds remain stuck in immigration camps in the nearby Pacific island nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
As Melbourne – like many cities in Asia-Pacific and around the world – continues to grow, services and infrastructure struggle to keep up. Five innovative housing initiative in the city hope to reduce that strain by building stronger community bonds.
Canada offered to lead NATO's new training mission, pledging to provide 250 troops and an unspecified number of military helicopters to help Iraq fight against a future power grab by the Islamic State.
The Myanmar government is convening with the military and ethnic rebel groups at a major peace conference in an attempt to reach a formal cease-fire. This is the third attempt to reach an agreement as some rebel groups are reluctant to sign until political terms are made clearer.