Kim Il-sung was a revered figure in North Korea through his death and even today. His son, on the other hand, Kim Jong-il was less loved, despite the enormous outpouring of grief seen recently. Many defectors say the country seems to be trying to link the young successor with his popular grandfather.
For China, there's no reason to hope that North and South Korea will unify, because that would put a major U.S. ally on their border. But they also don't want to see North Korea dissolve into a humanitarian crisis on their border. So they play a delicate balancing game in supporting designated successor Kim Jong Un.
With questions surrounding the transition of power with the death of Kim Jong Il, some experts on North Korea are saying this is the perfect time to boost contacts with the reclusive country — not only to seek change but simply to find out what's going on there.
As North Koreans mourn the death of their dictator, people in South Korea are trying to figure out how their lives may change with the new leadership, presumably of Kim Jong Un, the dictator's son.
Kim Jong Il, the 69-year-old leader of North Korea, who had become increasingly ill and reclusive in recent years, died on Sunday.
The future of opera may be in China, where new opera houses are being built, jobs are appearing, and opera singers are learning Chinese.
An app allows people to see a united Korea through augmented reality.
The sushi industry in Japan in disarray after speculation that the Fukushima nuclear disaster may have contaminated fish from the region.
Google announced that hundreds of Gmail accounts, including accounts owned by government officials and political activists, have been hacked.
The global brainstorming sessions Pecha Kucha are named after the Japanese word for chit chat. Now, Pecha Kucha is helping post-earthquake Japan recover.