When his family business was closing after nearly four centuries of making sake and other spirits, Ichiro Akuto swooped to rescue the doomed distillery's whisky stock and went out on his own.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday was due to host a three-day conference on women in the workforce, as the country grapples with boosting a low female participation rate.
Pakistani authorities Thursday moved to protect two major cities from raging floodwaters, readying explosives to divert swollen rivers, in a crisis which has hit nearly two million people.
Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha Friday said his regime would use legal, psychological and technological measures to protect the monarchy against defamation in his first official policy speech as premier.
An “unprecedented” number of people have been charged with insulting Thailand's monarchy since the coup, Amnesty International said Thursday, with 14 Thais indicted under the controversial lese majeste law in less than four months.
The incoming governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta has quit the party of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto over its support for a controversial bid to scrap local direct elections.
Japanese police on Thursday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organized crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public, a police spokesman said.
The former head of South Korea's spy agency was handed a suspended jail sentence Thursday, following his trial on charges of meddling in the 2012 election that brought current President Park Geun-hye to power.
Organizers of the upcoming Asian Games in the South Korean city of Incheon have removed all national flags from streets near the venues amid protests about the flying of the North Korean flag.
China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, reports said, in a further sign of the powerhouses' growing alliance.