In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a Buddhist monk to perform funerals and other rituals.
The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
Japan's economy minister resigned Thursday after a corruption allegation in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to rev up growth in the world's third-largest economy.
Japan should free up its "complex and rigid" reactor inspection regime, a global nuclear watchdog said Thursday, as the country restarts more atomic plants five years after the disaster at Fukushima.
A Japanese minister who was the country's top negotiator for a huge trans-Pacific trade deal was accused of corruption Thursday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of parliamentary elections this year.
A South Korean man suspected of being behind an explosion at a controversial Tokyo war shrine was rearrested on Thursday, accused of carrying and using gunpowder.
The death toll in Japan's worst bus accident in 25 years has risen to 15, police said Tuesday, as they struggle to determine why the vehicle veered off a mountain road it was not supposed to be on.
The world's oldest man, a Japanese, died Tuesday at the age of 112 after suffering chronic heart problems, officials said.
The world's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, died on Tuesday at the age of 112 in central Japan, a local official said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently chair of the G-7, has said he wants to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the fold to engage Moscow's help over a litany of crises in the Middle East.