Empire of the Setting Sun

Shinzo Abe is trying to roll back nearly 70 years of Japanese pacifism, but is the country ready to be "normal" again?

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Beijing has lashed out at neighbors and the U.S. after losing in a landmark international tribunal.


Obama Is America’s Last Lonely Free Trader

The president is making a final push for a massive Asian trade deal that has been rejected by both Trump and Clinton — and by plenty of the powerful Republicans who once supported it.


Want to Avoid Fraud Charges? Get Plastic Surgery and Move to Thailand.

A Japanese lawyer was caught in Thailand after years on the run -- and a fair amount of plastic surgery.


Trump Is Ready to Say ‘You’re Fired’ to NATO

From Tokyo to Tallinn, Trump has alarmed allies by saying the United States will leave them to defend themselves unless the governments “reimburse” Washington for defense costs.


What Pokémon, Japanese Schoolgirl Punks, and Cocaine Have in Common

There wouldn’t be Pikachu without kawaii, Japan’s highly addictive cult of cuteness.


Around the World in 40 Books

Headed to Rio, Paris, or Cape Town this summer? We asked distinguished writers and thinkers to pick their favorite books about 20 of the world’s great cities.

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