Tokyo's ambitious governor, whose supporters wave broccoli in honour of her green slogan.
A new book aims to help us deviate from the bounds of perception and awaken from habitual thought patterns.
A Japanese lesson in the paradox of productivity.
It was the only bank this summer to fail a European stress test, requiring emergency recapitalisation. What next for Siena's "critical lung”?
The first female Roman mayor has promised an end to posturing public figures.
A Czech politician dreams of a libertarian microstate in Europe.
In the Croatian heartlands, economic decline has combined with fears over migration from the Middle East.
Shukan Bunshun magazine is a conservative weekly which has recently brought down three figures who, in different ways, represent the forces of change.
The boyband SMAP has been an important social binder in a nation that prides itself on its sense of community and homogeneity.
The Hakone Ekiden, which ran on 2 and 3 January, has a lot to tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese culture.