The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end - and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.
When Japan found itself in desperate straits in 1943, it used the one untapped resource it had left: its college youth. A former soldier tells how he survived - and the permanent damage it etched into his soul.
Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?
Cyborg baggage handlers? An influx of foreign visitors forces one airline to find an inventive way to handle the load.
How a mysterious frontier island peopled by "barbarians" became one of the four main islands of Japan - and how the original inhabitants suffered as a result.