There are signs of consumer hesitation among the Chinese - a trend which is evident in Japan. There, the Lunar New Year holiday attracted the usual invasion of Chinese tourists - but they weren't splashing out as much as last year.
China's economy has revealed fresh signs of softness as the pace of investment has slowed to a record low. Stable figures for retail spending and production have done little to dispel fears of a cooling in the economy.
Originally brought to Japan as pets, raccoons are being released into the wild when they become too big. Now it has become too difficult for Japanese authorities to control them. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
A Japanese man in his 30s, who was arrested for video taping footage of a North Korean military facility, is set to be 'expelled' from the country. The move comes as Japan seeks to improve relations with Pyongyang.
Japan's most famous symbol is also a popular hike for both Japanese and foreigners. It can be accomplished by young and old alike, but you better come prepared for an hours-long ordeal.
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