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  • James D.J. Brown

    Abe woos Putin with strategic intent in mind

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clearly has his heart set on closer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Japanese leader's visit to Moscow on April 27 marked his 17th meeting with Putin, a remarkable total even in this era of ince

    April 29, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • Russia, Japan chip away at dispute but much work remains

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin projected a spirit of cooperation at their meeting Thursday, taking small steps toward resolving a long-running territorial row. But a divide on North Korea and a diplo

    April 29, 2017 07:15 am JST
  • Japan, Russia call for calm as North Korean tensions heat up

    MOSCOW -- Japan and Russia agreed Thursday to urge North Korea to refrain from further military provocations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin stressing the need to resume a long-stalled regional dialogue on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons developm

    April 28, 2017 06:18 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Finance chiefs fret as Trump grumbles about a strong dollar

    WASHINGTON Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 major economies avoided serious debate over exchange rates at their latest gathering in Washington, instead simply reaffirming their commitment to economic stability. But they wil

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • From the White House, echoes of North Korean radio propaganda

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan, I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune in to the BBC on shortwave, but just before 8 a.m., there would

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abe starts 4-day trip to Russia, Britain for summits

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Thursday for a four-day trip to Russia and Britain for one-on-one meetings with the countries' leaders on security and economic affairs.In a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin later

    April 27, 2017 09:08 am JST
  • Russia on high alert for possible clash in North Korea

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Reports that Russia is moving troops to its border with North Korea have fueled speculation that the Kremlin is preparing for a military crisis on the Korean Peninsula.Locals in the Russian Far East have apparently witnessed t

    April 26, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • Japanese tech to figure heavily in Russian projects

    TOKYO -- Japanese technologies will be applied to ease traffic congestion and repair an aging sewage system in a city near Moscow as part of economic cooperation the Japanese and Russian leaders are expected to agree on this week.The two sides will

    April 26, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • JGC building huge modular LNG plant in the Arctic

    TOKYO -- A fleet of ships is en route to the Russian Arctic, loaded with materials for construction of a huge liquefied natural gas plant on the Yamal Peninsula by JGC, a leading Japanese engineering corporation.As the fleet makes its way from more

    April 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Russia hints at support for extending OPEC output cuts

    MOSCOW -- Crude oil's current price level in the $50 range per barrel "suits both producer countries and consumer countries," Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said, implying that Moscow is inclined to support extending joint production cuts w

    April 22, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • G-20 reaffirms commitment on orderly currency movements

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 major economies on Thursday reaffirmed a G-20 commitment to orderly currency movements as a way to promote world economic growth and ensure stability in financial markets, according to Japane

    April 21, 2017 03:02 pm JST
  • Russian company to begin regular ferry service to North Korea in May

    MOSCOW -- A Russian company will begin a regular cargo-passenger ferry service between Russia and North Korea in May, The Nikkei learned on Wednesday.Vladimir Baranov, director general of Russia's InvestStroiTrest, the operator of the new regular ro

    April 19, 2017 12:50 pm JST
  • Jurek Martin

    Good morning Pyongyang

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune into the BBC on short-wave, but just before 8.00 a.m. there woul

    April 14, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Prada turns to internet as Chinese shopping spree ebbs

    FLORENCE, Italy -- Italian luxury fashion brand Prada will expand its online sales platform, offering more products and adding new markets, in the face of falling sales at bricks-and-mortar stores.The company will open online stores for China, South

    April 14, 2017 01:22 am JST
  • Minxin Pei: The Syria airstrike takes the shine off the Trump-Xi summit

    Chinese and American leaders have held many summits since U.S. President Richard Nixon landed in Beijing in February 1972. Most of these summits produced results that improved or stabilized bilateral relations.The just-concluded talks between Chines

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Russia wields veto on Western-led UN rebuke of Syria gas attack

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russia cast its eighth U.N. Security Council veto supporting the government of Bashar Assad since the Syrian conflict began six years ago, blocking a resolution Wednesday condemning the reported chemical weapons attack on the Syria

    April 13, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Striving to salvage ties amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russia on Wednesday agreed to work together on an international investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week that prompted retaliatory Ame

    April 13, 2017 04:19 am JST
  • Putin meets Tillerson as tensions rise over Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.Tillerson, making the first visit by a Trump

    April 13, 2017 01:32 am JST