The emperor's succession points to an increasingly modern Japan, and a stable and modern Japan has always been in Australia’s interests.
Good morning, early birds. NBN CEO Bill Morrow has warned the company will struggle to ever make a profit (as it is required to do), and New South Wales and Victoria top the states' economic scorecard. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
After World War II, Germany was divided and occupied. Japan was largely left alone. Now Germany is a world leader in building unity, and Japan has turned to ultra-nationalism, writes former Australian ambassador to Japan John Menadue.
As the debate over rages Australia's involvement military action in the Korean Peninsula, Crikey looks at the Korean War remnant that means we're already there.
With the release of the last of his imprisoned employees in China, Packer has learned from his errors and is again refocusing Crown towards the future.
A Korean community organisation has erected a memorial statue to "comfort women", but a group of Japanese families says it incites anti-Japanese sentiment.
Julie Bishop has a very difficult row to hoe with the Chinese, countering China's aggressive militarisation in the South China Sea. But no one better for the job.
Trade ministers have finished negotiations on the secretive and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, professor in intellectual property law at QUT, says now it's time for the real debate.