From Mitsubishi Motors to Kikkoman - over a thousand Japanese firms are celebrating their hundredth birthday in 2017. The development reveals much about Japan's history and economic base. Martin Fritz reports from Tokyo.
Authorities are struggling to contain colonies of fire ants brought into Japan in shipping containers, with fears rising that this aggressive and rapidly-multiplying species will wreak havoc on local flora and fauna.
Leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed the missile test demonstrated North Korea's ability to strike any target in the United States. China condemned the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and urged restraint.
Dangerous levels of chemicals in the soil and ground water mean that the market cannot open, leaving traders out of pocket and Tokyo's governor with an intractable problem. Julian Ryall reports from the Japanese capital.
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