Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects no.85: The character is worth some $7bn to its owners, the Japanese company Sanrio – although according to Time magazine she is a “polarising cult figure”
Summits with Japan and China will also discuss curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Donald Kirk reports from Seoul
The country's grip on the fashion industry is growing firmer, financially and culturally. Now, with manga ‘cosplay’ and runways in Sumo halls, it’s gone hyper
The Yamaguchi-gumi Yakuza in Kobe cancelled the party as a precaution in the aftermath of an internal split
Four years after the nuclear disaster, much of the area is still uninhabited
Given the glut of online smut, it seems odd that a collection of woodblock prints still has the power to get pulses racing
With a favourable exchange rate and rail and plane deals, it's a great time to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.
The trade deal is reported to have been agreed after negotiating sessions in the US
JP Morgan will face a London Whale class action suit in the US; Ralph Lauren is stepping down as CEO; Eurozone inflation is coming.
The men would even sit in the employees' cubicles watching sad films, waiting for the women to cry
The list includes garlic, fish and prawns
The sporting event of the year isn't what you might think
Thousands are evacuated from homes after Typhoon Etau hits. David McNeill reports from Tokyo on the destruction and risks from radioactive water
The 60-year-old was arrested after lashing out at the humanoid in a fit of rage
The 74-year-old film maker is perhaps best known for Spirited Away, which won an Oscar in 2001
140,000 people died in a city of 350,000, with 90 per cent of the city in utter ruin