Policy & Politics

Japan aims to lure foreign tourists to outlying regions

TOKYO -- The Japanese tourism ministry seeks to encourage more foreign visitors to journey to outlying regions, and not just such popular destinations as Tokyo and Kyoto, by strengthening cooperation with local businesses and municipalities. The ...

  • Ebola's arrival in New York raises concerns over containment

    WASHINGTON -- With New York reporting its first case of Ebola on Thursday, the city's response could serve as a test case of whether a metropolis, where millions cross paths riding public transit, can prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Colum...

  • Japan finally talking emission reduction target

    TOKYO -- Japan has finally started discussing a greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2020 and beyond, having fallen behind other major economies such as China, the U.S. and the European Union. The international community is working to est...

  • Asian Development Bank seeks new pastures with public-private partnerships

    MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank is strengthening ties with the private sector to meet the urgent need for infrastructure projects in the region and differentiate itself from the new China-led development bank. Some $8 trillion will be requir...

  • New development bank a marker of China's greater ambitions

    BEIJING -- The agreement reached Friday to form a China-led development bank signaled the country's drive to carve out a larger role for itself in the international financial order and secure more resources. Twenty-one nations, including China, I...

  • Japan to link corporate pension pay-ins to income

    TOKYO -- Japan's welfare ministry is looking to let higher earners save more for their old age each month with defined-contribution retirement plans. Monthly contributions to employer-run plans are currently capped at 55,000 yen ($509). The minis...

  • EU leaders agree on deal to cut emissions, expand renewable energy

    BRUSSELS (Kyodo) -- European Union leaders have agreed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said following the accord at a summit in Brussels on Thursday. The d...

  • Chinese officials fill shoes of disgraced ex-colleagues

    BEIJING -- A trio of Communist Party officials became full members of its Central Committee on Thursday, replacing predecessors sacked on corruption charges. Jiang Jiemin, former director of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration C...

  • Beijing seeks to curb bureaucratic influence

    BEIJING -- China's leadership said Thursday that important reforms should be carried out in accordance with laws, signaling an attempt to combat bureaucratic abuses of power and harness market forces to boost economic efficiency.The meddle classA log...

  • Canada shooting heightens concerns over homegrown terrorism

    WASHINGTON -- The deadly shooting in the Canadian capital on Wendesday highlighted the emerging threat of homegrown terrorism in the West as extremist movements find sympathizers on these countries' own soil. The gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, sho...

  • Xi touts fairness under law after politically motivated war on graft

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party seeks to advance the "rule of law," it declared in a communique Thursday that seems as much about tightening internal controls as it is about easing public frustration with capricious legal enforcement. The part...

  • Separatists in southern Thailand open to peace talks

    BANGKOK -- Top members of two armed insurgent groups in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand have expressed a willingness to participate in the peace negotiations sought by the military government under Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Key fig...

  • China holding firm on Hong Kong election

    BEIJING -- China's Communist Party on Thursday pledged to continue ruling Hong Kong under the existing dual-system model, signaling that it will not bow to the demands of the ongoing pro-democracy protests there. China will strive to maintain the...

  • S. Korea unlikely to join China-led Asia bank: report

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has bailed out of a plan to join a China-led multinational bank to finance infrastructure projects in Asia, a Seoul daily reported Thursday. The JoongAng Ilbo said South Korea initially expressed support for the devel...

  • Japan's ruling party gearing up for heated tax debate

    TOKYO -- Senior members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are dialing up pressure on the government to go ahead with a scheduled consumption tax hike, while skeptics are trying to reverse the tide by sounding alarms about the slowing economy. ...

  • Japan, Chinese vice premiers make contact amid soured ties

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on Wednesday had a chat with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as the two countries are trying to mend relations badly strained by territorial and wartime historical issues, sources familiar w...

  • Hong Kong government unyielding on election reforms

    HONG KONG -- The first dialogue between the Hong Kong government and student leaders held here on Tuesday was largely a futile endeavor, with officials shooting down key demands by the pro-democracy camp. Five representatives from each side atten...

  • Myanmar parliament mulls electoral changes favoring ruling bloc

    YANGON -- Parliament began deliberations Tuesday on introducing proportional representation in national elections, a move seen benefiting the ruling coalition going into next fall's contest. Myanmar now uses single-member constituencies. A specia...

  • Japan to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers fleeing abroad

    TOKYO -- Japan is considering taxing the capital gains on stocks and other financial assets held by residents moving overseas, part of an effort to prevent the super rich from escaping tax bills. When Japanese residents sell stocks, capital gains...

  • Prosecutions in Taiwan cooking oil scandal

    TAIPEI -- Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Wei Ying-chung of Ting Hsin International Group on fraud charges relating to contaminated cooking oil produced by a key subsidiary last year. The move came after Ting Hsin companies became embroiled in th...