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.
It sounds like a humdrum church newsletter, but "Yamaguchi-gumi Shinpo" is the newly published official magazine of Japan's powerful crime syndicate.
The battle over Japan's controversial whaling program is moving from the high seas to the United Nations' highest court.
Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who became the world's oldest person on December 17 2012, has died at the age of 116.
Japanese businesses and investment in South Africa will help build the country, says President Jacob Zuma as he visits Tokyo.
Japan pledged African leaders $32-billion on Saturday to help growth on the continent and encourage Japanese firms to invest there.
There have been only a handful of occasions when a decline has been seen equivalent to the May 22 sell-off in Tokyo.
A series of growth updates and other economic indicators from the US, Japan and South Africa will set the tone this week.
China has expressed outrage over remarks by the mayor of Osaka who said Japan's system of military brothels during World War II was "necessary".
The moribund economies of Italy and Japan have to release funds for investment if they are to prosper.