In the mid-1980s, a Japanese salaryman declared himself the reincarnation of Buddha and Hermes. Now his religious organization claims millions of adherents.
How a party that seeks to "topple" Japan's public broadcast system made waves - and secured power - through performance art.
How did a three-month-old party win seats in Japan's Upper House? Its leader did something rare in politics: he put other peoples' interests before his own.
When the city of Nagoya announced the renovated Nagoya Castle would lack an elevator for disabled access, the response was...less than uplifting.
He was vilified worldwide as the cybersecurity chief who didn't use a computer. But Sakurada Yoshitaka's gaffes didn't stop there...
Chosen under intense secrecy, it's sparked a 10-day holiday, a new song, and even a minor crime wave. The meaning behind Japan's new era name, and how people in Japan are responding.
Why, despite numerous apologies and reparations, does South Korea ignore its own war crimes and keep bashing Japan over World War II?