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  • Future of Asia

    Region needs forum to tackle security issues -- Mongolian foreign minister

    TOKYO -- Asia lacks a platform for dealing with common security threats, but Mongolia can be a "bridge builder" that fills the void, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.The region has many unresolved issues, with "the last stronghold and

    May 31, 2016 06:04 pm JST
  • Vietnam caught between new, old friends

    HANOI -- Vietnam is juggling long-established partners and the U.S. now that President Barack Obama has acknowledged the tragedy of the Vietnam War and announced the lifting of an arms embargo on the Southeast Asian nation."Cold War rivalries and fe

    May 29, 2016 07:00 am JST
  • G-7 leaders pledge flexible fiscal responses to avert crisis

    ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- Group of Seven leaders on Friday promised to flexibly deploy fiscal spending to avoid another economic crisis, a nod to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for a coordinated policy response.The leaders of seven major indust

    May 27, 2016 01:50 pm JST
  • Plans to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal are fueling a new arms race

    President Barack Obama wants his visit to Hiroshima, Japan, to be remembered as a sign of his commitment to a nuclear-free world -- a bold pledge that helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.That year, the Nobel Committee cited the U.S. leader'

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Plans to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal are fueling a new arms race

    President Barack Obama wants his visit to Hiroshima, Japan, to be remembered as a sign of his commitment to a nuclear-free world -- a bold pledge that helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.That year, the Nobel Committee cited the U.S. leader'

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Raj Kumar Sharma -- Will Afghan instability inundate Central Asian republics?

    The declining security situation in Afghanistan due to the reduced presence of international forces has other Central Asian nations concerned about a possible spillover of militancy into their territories. For these nations -- Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

    May 25, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Cleaning up the two worst nuclear disasters

    CHERNOBYL Three decades after their lives changed forever, the surviving residents of the area around Chernobyl still cling to the memories of their old homes.On April 30, the square only a few hundred meters from the destroyed reactor bustled with

    May 25, 2016 09:00 am JST
  • G-7 leaders aim to curb China maritime expansion in statement

    TOKYO -- Group of Seven leaders will call for respect for the rule of law and peaceful resolution to conflicts in a joint statement to be issued Friday at the end of their two-day summit, taking a swipe against China's territorial ambitions in the S

    May 25, 2016 04:00 am JST
  • GE-Hitachi venture enlists Rosatom for US reactor fueling

    TOKYO -- A nuclear fuel supplier jointly owned by General Electric and Hitachi has formed a partnership with a unit of Russia's Rosatom that will give it greater reach in the U.S.Announced Tuesday, the collaboration between Global Nuclear Fuel and R

    May 25, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • China fears spur Abe's new tack with Russia

    TOKYO -- For decades, Japan has been striving to get back a group of four northern islands seized by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II. Tokyo has been offering economic cooperation as an incentive for Moscow to return to Japan the

    May 24, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Moscow enhances defense ties with ASEAN at summit

    SOCHI, Russia -- A two-day meeting between Russian and ASEAN leaders here ended Friday with an agreement to build a strategic partnership that includes military technology cooperation as part of the international fight against terrorism.Russia's fir

    May 21, 2016 05:29 am JST
  • Obama visit spoils Putin's Hiroshima gambit

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima has not only grabbed global headlines, it has also thrown a wrench in the diplomatic maneuverings of Russia.Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the State Duma, Russia's lower house, had

    May 20, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan seeks informal Putin visit in December

    TOKYO -- Japan has proposed that Russian President Vladimir Putin pay an informal visit to the country in December to hold discussions with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the long-standing territorial dispute between the two countries.The meeting coul

    May 20, 2016 05:30 am JST
  • 'I never stop worrying'

    CHERNOBYL The disaster at the Chernobyl plant haunts not only Ukraine but also neighboring Belarus, which bore the brunt of the fallout. Over 1 million Belarusians still live on contaminated land. In the southeastern Gomel region, where the damage w

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • A Town gives up on going home

    CHERNOBYL Pripyat is a town frozen in time. Located about 4km from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, close to the Ukraine-Belarus border, it was once home to 50,000 people. A residential building still bears an emblem from the Soviet days, when Pri

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Cleaning up the two worst nuclear disasters

    CHERNOBYL Three decades after their lives changed forever, the surviving residents of the area around Chernobyl still cling to the memories of their old homes.On April 30, the square only a few hundred meters from the destroyed reactor bustled with

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Putin likely to visit Japan at year's end: report

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to visit Japan at the end of this year, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing a Putin aide. Moscow and Tokyo are negotiating the specifics of the visit, Yuri Ushakov said,

    May 18, 2016 12:02 am JST
  • Vladivostok set to become Russian Vegas

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- The sleepy port town of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East, which was a closed-off military enclave during the Soviet era, is seeking to reinvent itself as an exclusive casino resort.Last autumn, a casino complex opened in a new

    May 16, 2016 04:00 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Kavi Chongkittavorn -- Russia: A new 'strategic partnership' for ASEAN?

    At a recent preparatory meeting for the upcoming summit between leaders of Russia and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN officials politely dodged Russia's requests to become an ASEAN "strategic partner," and to hold an excl

    May 15, 2016 05:47 pm JST
  • Japan to ease visa rules this summer

    TOKYO -- Japan will relax visa requirements for travelers from China and other key areas, starting in the summer, the Japan Tourism Agency said Friday.Eased requirements for Chinese visitors have been in the works for some time. These include expand

    May 14, 2016 05:30 am JST