The heads of Japan's Sanitary Equipment Industry association say the standardized symbols were needed to help the millions of tourists expected to visit the Olympic games in Japan in three years.
As Germany's talks to form a yellow-black-green government collapse, an alternative to the "Jamaican" coalition needs to be found. Take our quiz on flags and find out more about their symbolism with expert Peter Diem.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has agreed that the date of Emperor Akihito's planned abdication will be in April 2019. It will be the first by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries.
Donald Trump's first stop in Japan on his maiden voyage to Asia as US president is an opportunity to underline Washington's alliance with Japan and reassure US allies on opposing North Korea. Julian Ryall reports.
Gross domestic product of the world's third-largest economy has grown in yet another quarter, making it the longest period of economic expansion in more than 16 years. But private consumption is losing steam.
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