This Island Has More Dolls Than People Living In It

World | Gabrielle Okun
Tsukimi Ayano steps out of her house in the village of Nagoro on Shikoku Island in southern Japan February 24, 2015. Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. The life-sized straw doll resembled her father, so she made more. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan is teeming with Ayano's hand-sewn creations, frozen in time for a tableau that captures the motions of everyday life. Nagoro, like many villages in Japan's countryside, has been hit hard by inhabitants flocking to cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind. Its greying community is a microcosm of Japan, whose population has been falling for a decade. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) PICTURE 30 OF 32 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY 'THE VILLAGE OF THE SCARECROWS' SEARCH 'TSUKIMI AYANO' FOR ALL IMAGES - GM1EB3G0PGI01 (Reuters)

‘The dolls are like my children’

US Bombers Practice Delivering 'Fire And Fury' To North Korea At Night

Defense | Ryan Pickrell
A pair of B-1B Lancer bombers soar over Wyoming in an undated file photo. Staff Sgt. Steve Thurow/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS/File photo

Demonstration of the allied ability to respond to North Korean threats

Japan Says It Won't Shoot Down North Korean Test Missiles

World | Ryan Pickrell
A Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) soldier takes part in a drill to mobilise their Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile unit in response to a recent missile launch by North Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota Air Base in Fussa on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

‘Construed as a military action’

US Allies Worried North Korea's Readying An October Surprise

Defense | Ryan Pickrell
A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Marking key events with ‘fireworks’

US Bombers, Stealth Fighters Practice Bombing North Korea Into Oblivion

World | Ryan Pickrell
A two-ship of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Responding to North Korea’s shot over Japan

Japanese Prime Minister: 'Dialogue With North Korea' Is 'A Dead End'

World | Ryan Pickrell
Soldiers of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force stand in front of the country's naval ensign during the handing-over ceremony of the Izumo warship at the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama, south of Tokyo March 25, 2015. Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Past attempts to ‘solve the problem through dialogue failed’

North Korea Does It Again

World | Ryan Pickrell
A woman walks past a large TV screen showing news about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Far enough for North Korea to strike Guam

North Korean Peace Committee Says US Should Be 'Beaten To Death' Like A Rabid Dog

World | Ryan Pickrell
A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Threatens to sink Japan into the sea and wipe out South Korea with fire

Around The World In 80 Days, Day 15: Japan, A Post-War Miracle And Model

Opinion | Larry Alex Taunton

But the country lacks the central doctrine of the Christian faith: grace.

War With North Korea Would Be Catastrophic. Here's How Bad It Could Get

World | Ryan Pickrell
Korean People's Army (KPA) artillery troops conduct a live firing exercise in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 12, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

‘Tragic on an unbelievable scale’

Man Picks Scenic Spot For Marriage Proposal, Only To Fall To His Death

World | Gabrielle Okun
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Moments after his girlfriend said yes

Princess Leaves Royalty Behind To Marry A Common Man

World | Gabrielle Okun
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‘I was attracted by his bright smile’

US Allies Gearing Up For War With North Korea

World | Ryan Pickrell
Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) soldiers take part in a drill to mobilise their Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile unit in response to a recent missile launch by North Korea, at U.S. Air Force Yokota Air Base in Fussa on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Better missiles, bigger bombs, and improved missile defense

US Bombers, Stealth Fighters Tear Across Korea After North Korean Missile Tests

World | Ryan Pickrell
A two-ship of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

Practice bombing North Korean core facilities

Kim Jong Un Releases Video Of The Missile He Shot Over Japan

World | Ryan Pickrell
A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Warns of more missiles to come

North Korea Warns Shot Over Japan Was 'Prelude' To Possible Strikes On Guam

World | Ryan Pickrell
A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

North Korea will ‘show action, not talk, to the US’

Tobacco Giant Says New Technology Is Converting 8,000 Smokers Daily

Daily Vaper | Steve Birr
A man uses a Philip Morris iQOS e-cigarette in Tokyo, Japan May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

‘People who would otherwise continue smoking’

Japan Woke Up To A Terrifying Alert: 'Missile Launch! Take Cover!'

World | Ryan Pickrell
A woman walks past a large TV screen showing news about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Fears of an imminent attack