In Japan, sake is an old man's tipple. But here in Europe, it could become the next big thing in trendy cocktail bars and restaurants. Import tariffs for sake are about to fall away following an agreement this summer.
Japanese Princess Ayako will lose her royal title after marrying a commoner. Women who marry into the imperial family gain royal status, but those who marry commoners must leave.
Rights activists have condemned a recent visit to North Korea by the Olympic Committee president as a sign that the international community is willing to overlook human rights abuses for the sake of dialogue.
Japan's prime minister has warned that North Korea's offer of denuclearization talks with South Korea and the US could be designed to buy time. Beijing urged the US and the North to hold talks as soon as possible.
TV shows can be highly informative – “In Good Shape,” for example. But TV is best watched in moderation - for the sake of your arteries.
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