Taipei has stealthily sourced technology, components and talent from at least seven nations to help it build a fleet with the potential to exact a heavy toll on any Chinese attack.
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Alex Martin and Mari Saito bring us two stories from Tohoku, a decade after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Thousands of visitors from across Japan have made trips to the phone, including people who have lost relatives to sickness and suicide.
Some on the Tokyo organizing committee believe it is important for Mori to "quietly overcome" the crisis and for officials to do all they can to "protect" him from the public fallout.
Support for the prime minister's Cabinet has dropped from 39% last month to 33%, with disapproval rising 10 percentage points to 45%, according to a poll by the Asahi newspaper.
“Adult understanding” investigated as a potential conflict of interest for the Japanese advertising giant.
The ad giant has acquired the task of distributing a $20 billion package to help ailing businesses.
As the country emerges from a state of emergency, hospitals like one in Yokohama face the prospect of operating in the shadow of a virus with no treatment or cure.
In the midst of a global pandemic, St. Marianna University Hospital has become synonymous with the virus.
Hospitals like St. Luke's in Tokyo are saving their limited ICU capacity for an increasing number of critically ill patients and improvising makeshift gear to protect front-line staff.