After his own rescue, one Kiwi resident of flooded Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, returned to the rising waters to look for his Aussie friend's stranded family.
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A night on homeless patrol in Tokyo highlights the range of factors that can lead to a life on the streets.
Tony Cetera is 79 years of age and has bad legs, but that doesn't stop him helping the homeless whenever he can.
Despite winning return orders in court, foreign fathers are treated like offenders.
Quakes of 2011 in Christchurch and Tohoku put Kiwi on the path to self-reliance and sustainability.
A reporter stalks that elusive breed of American in Japan: the Trump supporter.
Publications struggle for relevance in a world where news is available free, to all, all the time.
Tokyo's English poetry scene gets a shot in the arm with a lively event night and new journal.
Fugitive 'Mr. Wonder' returned to Tokyo in the 1980s and visited St. Mary's International School, witness says.
The Hoodie Monks bring together two cultures that might at first seem like unlikely partners: Buddhism and hip-hop.