An artist's depiction of the Akatsuki spacecraft in orbit around Venus.

Japan’s Akatsuki Spacecraft May Finally Be Orbiting Venus

The five-year wait is over (almost)

How many curls can you count?

A Buddha in Japan Is Missing Half of Its Curls

What happened to the Buddha of Nara's famous 'do?

How Tourism Shaped Photography in 19th Century Japan

Westerners were obsessed with geisha, samurai and cherry blossoms

A marionette performs atop a Matsuri float

In Japan, Autumn Means a Parade of (Not-at-All-Creepy) Robot Puppets

A 350-year-old festival in Takayama celebrates creativity — and contains the seeds of modern robotics

Japanese Universities Are Shuttering Social Sciences and Humanities Departments

Just how valuable is that degree in literature?

Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth disembark in Manila

Global Diplomacy Was in Theodore Roosevelt's Hands, But His Daughter Stole the Show

Alice Roosevelt's 1905 journey to Japan, Korea and China is documented in rare photographs held by the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Tree-covered islands in Miyagi Prefecture, which has been affected by widespread flooding.

Japan Is in the Midst of Catastrophic Flooding

The floods are the worst seen in over 60 years

Tour This Japanese City from the Viewpoint of a Cat

New “cat street view” shows Hiroshima Prefecture’s Onomichi through the eyes of its fluffiest residents

One Japanese Company Makes Half Of The World’s Zippers

How YKK came to dominate pants around the world.

This Japanese toilet takes flushing to another level.

A Toilet Museum is Opening in Japan

It’s a love story to the lavatory

These Century-Old Stone "Tsunami Stones" Dot Japan’s Coastline

"Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."

Japan’s Subways Now Have Drunk-Spotting Cameras

A pilot program seeks to save drunken passengers from the dangers of busy train tracks

Bats and Balloon Bombs: The Weird Weapons That Could Have Won WWII

World War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeed

The crew of the Bockscar

The Nagasaki Bombing Almost Didn’t Happen

What really happened on the mission to drop the second atomic bomb

There’s Now Wifi on Mount Fuji

Hiking boots. Water bottle. Laptop?

Move Over, Clooney: This Japanese Gorilla is the Internet’s Newest Heartthrob

Shabani’s sexy looks are responsible for a spike in zoo attendance

Japanese Elevators May Soon Have Toilets

Earthquake-trapped travelers could have access to running water in elevators

Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes

A new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments

Levitating Train Breaks Speed Record in Japan

This magnetic levitation bullet train is capable of speeds of 366 miles per hour—and possibly more

The flight deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet, some 800 miles off Tokyo Japan, where it shows some of 16 Billy Mitchell (B-25) Bombers, under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle, just before they were guided off flight deck for historic raid on Tokyo, April of 1942.

The Untold Story of the Vengeful Japanese Attack After the Doolittle Raid

When the U.S. responded to Pearl Harbor with a surprise bombing of Tokyo, the Imperial Army took out its fury on the Chinese people

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