A day after mourners packed Pyongyang to bid adieu to 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il, North Korea has completed the transfer of power to his youngest son.
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He is a prolific artiste who has appeared in more than 350 films, but Shigeo Tokuda gets little recognition in the streets of Tokyo.
Japan's whaling fleet has left port under heavy guard, where more clashes are expected with members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Analysts say the threats sound familiar but target nations cannot afford to drop their guard.
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has called for North Korea to walk away from nuclear weapons and take the "peace and shared development" path.
The massive loss of life in last year's tsunami disaster in Japan has trimmed the average life expectancy of the country's women.
Japan has carried out three executions since its new prime minister was elected – a sign Tokyo will defy pressure to abolish executions.
Organised crime in Japan is under threat from new laws that will lead to the naming, shaming and fining of citizens who do business with the yakuza.
South's workers barred from crossing the border into industrial complex after North’s latest move.