When the group debuted in the mid-2000s, AKB48 was more easily dismissed as a novelty act. But in recent years, the group has expanded into a bona fide musical empire — one that has spread across Asia.
The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners are kicking off the major league baseball season in Japan. This time, the games have an added significance: Ichiro, perhaps the nation's greatest player ever, may be making his final appearance.
Kazuna Yamamoto is a college student who started an online petition to get a Japanese tabloid magazine to apologize for an article that rated Japan's universities according to how easy it is for men to get female students to have sex with them. She succeeded and along the way got 40,000+ responses to her online appeal.
Eiraku is the last surviving sushi bar in a cluttered neighborhood in an obscure area of Tokyo. Caught between the rarified world of $300 dinners and the brutal efficiency of chain-restaurants, mom-and-pop shops like Eiraku are fast disappearing.
The World's Matthew Bell reports on global reaction to the latest indications that the US economy is in a recession, as stock markets around the world stumbled today following news of a buyout of the Wall Street firm Bear Stearns.
The Japanese are generally considered to be ga-ga over their electronic gadgets, but those gadgets eat up a lot of energy. Now, the government and companies are urging consumers to buy eco-friendly electronics, with mixed results. Cyrus Farivar reports.
The global economic crisis feels like deja-vu to some Japanese economists. Japan's banking industry weathered a number of economic storms in the 1990's. Host Lisa Mullins speaks with Jesper Koll who runs an investment firm in Japan.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Two of Zimbabwe's leading protest poets, Comrade Fatso and Outspoken, grew up on the streets of Harare. They speak with anchor Marco Werman about their hip-hop street poetry.