Shinzo Abe’s first, brief premiership ended in disaster. Yet now, recovered from debilitating illness, the conservative nationalist is back in power and, emboldened by “Abenomics”, is determined to revitalise Japan after many years of decline.
Six months on from the disaster that killed over 1,100 workers, Primark is the only brand to have offered victims compensation.
Several reports released this week are adding pressure on the US to disclose information about its deadly drone programme and civilian casualties.
Does North Korea's anger at Switzerland's refusal to supply ski lifts for the country's first luxury ski resort suggest that stricter sanctions could work?
The government has done little more than to satisfy the emotional sense of injustice, and hush up the masses temporarily while shying away from the bigger issue: how to prevent the crimes?
How China uses pandas to help secure long-term trade deals.
Comedy group All India Backods parody the belief that women must be to blame for rising amounts of rape in India.
The Chinese tradition of giving away mooncakes in mid-autumn is surprisingly revealing.
A UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia-Pacific reveals high levels of sexual violence in the region, and asks why rape is so common.
The idea that India is "the rape capital of the world" needs to be challenged but without refusing women's experience of fear and violence.
Every time a high-profile rape case occurs in India, there is shock, outrage and protests, but nothing actually changes.
Travel through Pakistan is intimately segregated by class, writes Samira Shackle. If you're rich, you just keep driving.
Pakistan’s militant and extremist organisations are increasingly aware of the importance of the internet, says Samira Shackle.
History and politics are coming together in a potentially toxic fashion in the East China Sea as China, motivated by memories of Japanese wartime atrocities, agitates for dominance in the region.
What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?
A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.
Frank Ledwidge, once a “justice adviser” in Britain’s para-colonial administration in Helmand, has produced a devastating indictment of Britain’s military intervention in southern Afghanistan. If those of us complicit in the error were ever brought to jus
An interview with Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich.
Somehow I don’t think I’ll get many takers for my next Faeces Are A Feminist Issue rally.
The UK has long enjoyed a rich relationship with Pakistan.
The Malaysian novelist on fiction, immigration and the Shanghainese.
With Khan laid low by an accident at a rally, Samira Shackle reports on his campaign so far.
The Pakistani trans community is unlike the West's: hijras, as they are known, consider themselves a third gender, neither male nor female, and refer to themselves as "shemale". Samira Shackle meets Pakistan's first hijra electoral candidates.
Ali was gunned down in Islamabad’s G9 area this morning as he drove to a court hearing for the Bhutto case.
Traditional notions of the Indian family allow child abuse to happen with impunity.
It is now 98 years since 1.5m Armenians were systematically massacred. Recognising what happened is the only way to help us all move forward.
A focus on unity and closure is desperately needed.
DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the
It's set to be a tight race, and nothing - not even assassination - is beyond the realms of possibility.