The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems.
It's hard enough finding clothes that fit when you're a large size, but what about when you're under five feet tall? Pien Huang thought she had the answer, but the small sizing that makes her love Japanese chain Uniqlo means that the company's US stores are losing money.
Many Japanese believe the media hasn't done its job in holding the government and power companies accountable for the Fukushima disaster. Jun Hori, a former TV anchor, agreed. Now he and others are starting new media companies to break the compliant mold of Japanese reporting.
Utada Hikaru was the first Japanese musician to do it all. Sing, write and be a pop star. She quickly became one of the country's most successful musicians — a position no one has managed to take from her.
For $45 a day, you can send your toy on a Tokyo tour, with stops at tourist hot spots like the Tokyo Tower, The Imperial Palace and the Meiji Jingu Shrine. For an additional charge, your stuffed animal can also spend a day at the spa. Oh, and, you're not invited along.
Just an hour and half from Hiroshima lies the tiny island of Okunojima, probably better known as Rabbit Island. The island is populated by bunnies and tourists feeding those bunnies — but if you look closely you can see remnants of the island's past.
Not everyone who evacuated the area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant four years actually had to leave. But four years later, despite government reassurances — and plenty of pressure — they say returning to their homes still isn't safe.