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.
American candy lovers know the Kit Kat bar. But few would recognize the varieties sold in Japan. 200 kinds of Kit Kat bars have been sold in Japan over the years. Akiko Fujita checked out the candy in Tokyo.
We're going underground for today's Geo Quiz. There are subway systems in just about every major city around the globe. The one we're looking for opened in 1935. We find out the answer from Alex the Jester.
Two out of six Japanese marriages end in divorce. Now, one Japanese man has come up with an elaborate ceremony to help divorcing couples mark that ending. Akiko Fujita took part in a divorce ceremony and sent this report from Tokyo.
In her first overseas trip as Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would be looking to Asia to help tackle global problems. The BBC's State Department Correspondent, Kim Ghattas, is traveling with Clinton and she joins us now from Tokyo.
The Netherlands beat the Dominican Republic in a huge upset over the weekend. Jeff Beresford-Howe, The Takeaway's sports contributor brings us World Baseball Classic highlights including details on this legendary play.