International Relations

U.S. announces major shift in Cuba policy, to start normalization talks

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States is set for talks with Cuba to normalize bilateral ties that have been severed since 1961 as a major step toward a drastic overhaul of its policy since the Cold War era. ...

  • Keeping an eye on the North

    Japan, US, South Korea to pool intelligence

    TOKYO -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea are in the final stage of talks on a three-way framework for exchanging information about North Korean nuclear and missile activity, an attempt to bridge an intelligence-sharing gap between Tokyo and Seoul. ...

  • More money, more guns

    Asia's military budgets surge as armies go high-tech

    SYDNEY -- On two recent occasions, a pair of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters have taken off from their base near the old Indonesian trading port of Makassar and flown far across the Indonesian archipelago to intercept unidentified aircraft. One of the myst...

  • Impact of Chinese company's legal victory

    Shining a light on US foreign investment reviews

    WASHINGTON -- Construction equipment maker Sany can look back on 2014 with satisfaction for an achievement no other Chinese company can match: It took the U.S. president to court and beat him. Ralls, a Sany unit, sued Barack Obama and the governm...

  • 2015 will be crucial

    Abe's politics should promote stability rather than tension

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reinforced his power base with the ruling coalition's victory in Sunday's general election. How he now uses his political might will affect not only Japan but also Asia as a whole. In late November,...

  • Nikkei/FT symposium

    Experts say Japan should help Southeast Asia strengthen regional ties

    TOKYO -- A Japan Bank for International Cooperation official said Japan needs to provide investments and loans to ASEAN to build electric power facilities, railroads and ports. Senior managing director of the JBIC, Tadashi Maeda, said, "Infra...

  • Asia-Pacific F-35 repairs

    US picks Japan for high-tech jet fighter maintenance hub

    TOKYO -- The U.S. will set up an Asia-Pacific maintenance hub in Japan for its latest high-tech F-35 stealth fighter jets, according to informed sources on Wednesday. The U.S. Defense Department recently informed Japan's Defense Ministry of its d...

  • 131 people killed in attack on army school in Pakistan: official

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) --Gunmen and suicide bombers linked to Pakistani Taliban militants stormed an army school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 131 people, mostly students, and injuring 80 others, the Pakistani military said. Defense Min...

  • Big chunk going into education

    EU has $900M to help build a stronger Myanmar

    YANGON -- The EU announced Monday it is allocating 688 million euros ($900 million) to Myanmar that will be doled out through 2020. An EU statement says the funds are to help develop rural areas and Myanmar's agriculture sector, improve food and nutr...

  • UN report

    5 million face hardship in eastern Ukraine

    UNITED NATIONS -- More than 5 million people in eastern Ukraine are grappling with harsh living conditions caused by continued fighting between Russian-backed separatists and government forces, with the onset of winter worsening their hardship, says ...

  • Misunderstood Muslims?

    Islam faces pressures from all sides

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia may soon lift the long-standing ban on women drivers. News reports in November said an advisory council to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had recommended allowing women to drive under certain conditions. According to the Shur...

  • Climate change

    US, China nudge nations toward emissions deal

    LIMA, Peru -- Lockstep efforts by the U.S. and China led to a historic agreement at the United Nations climate change conference that ended Sunday, paving the way for an emissions-cutting framework that includes all countries. The agreement annou...

  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the dea...

  • Sino-Israel relations blossom

    Chinese Net giants meet their matches in Israeli IT startups

    SILICON VALLEY -- China and Israel are forging closer ties in the IT sector, fueled by growing partnerships between their high-tech industries. Officials from Alibaba Group, Tencent, Baidu and other major Chinese Internet firms have been seen vis...

  • Xi urges Japan to own up to responsibility for Nanjing Massacre

    NANJING, China (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday marked the first national observance of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre with a call on Japan to own up to responsibility for the tragedy, saying that acknowledgment of the two countries' tr...

  • Foreign investment in India

    Modi pitches business opportunities to global players

    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI -- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pitching business opportunities in the country to foreign and domestic players, in a bid to create more jobs. In October, Modi met Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg in the ...

  • Putin the salesman

    Russia to help build nuclear plants in India

    NEW DELHI -- Experiencing the economic sting of Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has inked a deal on joint construction of at least a dozen nuclear reactors in India as part of an effort to deepen ties with the South Asian nation. ...

  • Hold on power

    North Korea's Kim rules through continued purges

    SEOUL -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un continues to rule with an iron fist over a seemingly stable regime a year after executing his then second-in-command, but the young leader's unpredictable nature has neighboring countries sweating. Kim Jong Un b...

  • India, Japan relations

    Japanese bureaucrat plays key role in Modi investment team

    TOKYO -- The man chosen to join "Japan Plus," a special management team established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to encourage greater Japanese investment in India, is a bureaucrat with a special connection to the Indian lea...

  • Promoting Japanese culture

    Foreign ministry to set up centers in cities worldwide

    TOKYO -- The foreign ministry is planning a network of facilities for promoting Japanese culture abroad, beginning with three it hopes to open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo during fiscal 2016. The privately run Japan Houses will aim to fa...