Forays from the central bank into the stock market have sparked a boom in Japan's economy.
Japan has condemned the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto allegedly by the Islamic State group.
An undated video shows a knife-wielding man holding two men captive, threatening to execute them should Japan not pay a $200-million ransom.
China says there is no proof North Korea was behind the Sony cyber attack, and Pyongyang says it will retaliate against the US mainland if need be.
China is holding a day of remembrance, the first of its kind, for the thousands of people killed during the Nanjing massacre in 1937.
The death toll from Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades has risen to 48 after additional victims were discovered on the ash-covered summit.
Sean O' Toole caught up with award-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito at the world congress of the International Union of Architects in Durban.
Presentations on earthquake readiness and slum settlement solutions at a global architecture congress have highlighted contributions to human dignity.
The US stressed its commitment to the defense of Japan and stability in the Asia-Pacific region against a backdrop of territorial claims by China.
An activist group says Japanese fishermen have finished killing some 250 dolphins in the biggest roundup it has witnessed in the last four years.
Beijing wants all foreign aircraft passing through its "air defence zone" to identify themselves to Chinese authorities.
The US has positioned itself firmly behind Japan, raising its huge and powerful neighbour's ire.
Ruling party official says it is inevitable that some people will never be allowed back into areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Thirty months on from the Fukushima disaster, Japan is struggling to come up with a long-term energy policy.
One of the closest contests in Olympic history has gone down to the wire in Buenos Aires as the International Olympic Committee prepared to vote.
Japan's Shinzo Abe says his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of radioactive water as a result of the Fukushima disaster.
An estimated 300 tonnes of radioactive water is believed to have leaked from a tank at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, says the operator.
SA inflation figures, indicators of growth in Europe and China, US corporate earnings reports and elections in Japan will make for a busy week.