International Relations

Japan, Asean to coordinate disaster response medical teams

TOKYO -- Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will create a system for managing joint medical teams in the event of major natural disasters around the region. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will attend a summit with Asean membe...

  • North Korea vows to get to the bottom of abductions: Abe

    TOKYO -- North Korea says its ongoing probe into kidnappings of Japanese nationals will not adhere to past findings but take "a new perspective" and "leave no stone unturned," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. North Korean officials said t...

  • Nachi-Fujikoshi ordered to pay damages to Korean forced laborers

    SEOUL -- Japanese machinery maker Nachi-Fujikoshi must pay South Korean women who were forced to work at its factory in Japan during World War II, a local court here ruled Thursday. The Seoul Central District Court ordered the company to pay 80 m...

  • Ebola causes stir in global medical community

    TOKYO -- In Liberia, which has the highest number of reported Ebola infections, hospitals are essentially off-limits to all but patients and medical staff. For news organizations there, the severity of the situation is difficult to gauge. In lieu...

  • Japan frets over coming absence of US aircraft carriers

    TOKYO -- Security policymakers in Japan and the U.S. are privately voicing concern about the absence of U.S. aircraft carriers from East Asian waters for four months next year. Budget restrictions in the U.S. and turmoil in the Middle East i...

  • Ex-Asean head warns of 'slow' economic integration

    BANGKOK -- Progress toward economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will likely be slow due to a lack of strong leadership, according to Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of Asean and one of the architects of its plan...

  • North Korea says still too soon for facts on abductions

    PYONGYANG -- Two days of talks between delegates from Japan and North Korean officials ended Wednesday with the latter claiming that their new investigation into past abductions and other Japanese missing persons cases has not progressed beyond the "...

  • Fukuda, Xi's meeting signals headway in Japan-China relations

    BEIJING -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda met Chinese President Xi Jinping here on Wednesday, the latest development in the countries' thawing bilateral relations. The two met together with other board members of the Boao Forum for A...

  • Japan's ex-PM Fukuda meets Chinese leader

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Wednesday met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, less than two weeks ahead of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing where there is a window of opportunity for the two countrie...

  • Japan and India team up to tap into Africa

    TOKYO -- Japan is partnering up with India to help Japanese companies set up in Africa. High-level government officials from the two countries will meet in India next month to discuss the plan. Africa's eastern and southern regions have a dee...

  • Japan hears from N Korea about probe into remains, wives of Japanese

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan on Wednesday began the second of two days of talks with North Korea about a probe into missing Japanese, with the focus to shift to issues such as the remains of Japanese who died around the end of World War II in what is n...

  • Urgent action crucial to contain Ebola

    TOKYO -- The deadly Ebola virus, which first erupted in Africa, has reached the U.S. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama reprimanded officials for their botched handling of the ongoing crisis. On Oct. 8, Thomas Duncan, 42, who was infe...

  • Globe-spanning framework eyed for taxing multinationals

    TOKYO -- Countries around the world are planning an international framework to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding taxes by skirting bilateral tax treaties. The 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,...

  • Frigid Pyongyang attempts warm welcome for Japanese mission

    PYONGYANG -- North Korea tried to make a fact-finding team from Japan feel welcome Tuesday, apparently hoping to convince the Japanese public of its sincerity in investigating past kidnappings. So Tae Ha, who chairs the "special investigation com...

  • Chinese VP agrees to boost ties with Japanese governors

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and a group of Japanese governors agreed Tuesday to promote exchanges between local areas, two weeks prior to a regional economic summit where top leaders of the two countries may have a chance to...

  • Japan presses N. Korea to report on abduction probe soon

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan demanded Tuesday that North Korea speed up its investigation into the fates of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago and report the findings "as soon as possible." Junichi Ihara, Japan's top diplomat for Asian affa...

  • How to keep Islamic State from spreading beyond Mesopotamia

    The famed Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal once said that as long as Afghanistan burns Asia would burn, and that for the stability of Asia, the mountains of Afghanistan have to be peaceful. Today, as Syria and Iraq are engulfed by the Islamic State, one m...

  • Japan urges N. Korea to advance probe into abductees

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan demanded Tuesday that North Korea put the highest priority on advancing its investigation into the fates of 12 Japanese nationals who are officially recognized by Tokyo as abductees and yet to be repatriated. "The abduc...

  • Japan, US must take different tack in TPP talks

    SYDNEY -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the fist time in history that a wide range of countries with different political systems and in various stages of economic development will attempt to create a single free trade zone covering East Asia and t...

  • Newest TPP talks disappoint as US, Japan remain in stalemate

    SYDNEY -- A ministerial meeting over a Pacific free trade initiative concluded here Monday without yielding significant results, making it highly unlikely that a basic agreement will be reached by the year-end. U.S. Trade Representative Michael F...