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  • Arthur Herman: Japan's coming drone revolution

    Unmanned aircraft, or drones, made headlines last spring when South Korean investigators found three small robotic planes equipped with digital cameras that had flown undetected across the border from North Korea and then crashed. South Korean offic

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan to send officials to North Korea over abductions

    TOKYO -- With North Korea having failed to produce satisfying answers regarding its past abductions of Japanese citizens, Tokyo is expected to take up Pyongyang's offer to meet with members of the committee conducting the probe. "We need to deci

    October 1, 2014 05:06 am JST
  • N. Korea proposes visit by Japan officials for abduction details

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea has proposed that Japanese officials visit Pyongyang to learn about details of the North's investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday. Abe made

    September 30, 2014 10:38 pm JST
  • Japan gets no promise from N Korea over abduction probe

    SHENYANG, China (Kyodo) -- Japan was unable to find out Monday when North Korea will report its initial findings of a special investigation committee into the fates of at least 12 Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. After a meeti

    September 29, 2014 08:15 pm JST
  • Most Japanese want North Korea pressed on abduction probe: poll

    TOKYO -- The Japanese public from across the political spectrum are in favor of taking a firm attitude against North Korea for having failed to deliver a report on its reinvestigation of abductions of Japanese nationals as promised, according to a r

    September 29, 2014 02:25 am JST
  • N Korea defends nuke program, raps UN Security Council

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- North Korea, in the first speech at the U.N. General Assembly in 15 years by its foreign minister, defended its nuclear development on Saturday, saying the program is necessary to counter a hostile U.S. policy. Ri Su Yong, No

    September 28, 2014 05:50 pm JST
  • N. Korean envoy leaves for China to hold meeting with Japan

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- A senior North Korean diplomat left for China on Saturday to brief Japan on progress that has been made over the last three months in investigating Japanese nationals believed to have been abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. So

    September 27, 2014 06:46 pm JST
  • Japan to urge N Korea to quickly report on abduction probe: Abe

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the country will urge North Korea to report swiftly on what it has found out about Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago. "We will strongly urge North Korea to re

    September 26, 2014 09:50 am JST
  • North Korea may loosen reins on business sector

    SEOUL -- North Korea may be moving to liberalize its economic policies, including a new measure that would allow companies there to hold on to the bulk of their profits. Reports by South Korean media say companies and farms will be able to keep

    September 26, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • Japan to press North Korea over abduction probe

    TOKYO -- Japan will seek an explanation Monday from North Korea about delays in an initial report on a reinvestigation of abducted Japanese nationals. The two sides agreed on Thursday to hold talks in the Chinese city of Shenyang. This will be t

    September 26, 2014 05:41 am JST
  • Japan, N Korea to hold talks on abduction in China on Monday

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japan and North Korea will hold talks next week in China on Pyongyang's reinvestigation of its abductions of Japanese nationals, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday. Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese For

    September 25, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • No sunshine at Asian Games after Koreas clash over costs

    SEOUL -- North Korean athletes striding onto the field at Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon were greeted with cheers. Not so a North Korean patrol ship that strayed over a disputed maritime border to warning shots from South Ko

    September 20, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • Japan mulls fact-finding mission to cagey North Korea

    TOKYO -- With North Korea failing to deliver new information on past kidnappings as expected this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government must now rethink its strategy for holding the secretive state to its word. Cabinet member Eri

    September 20, 2014 05:27 am JST
  • US welcomes change in its Japan alliance

    TOKYO -- Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of International University of Japan and a security policy adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paid a visit to Washington in mid-June this year. He was anxious to make sure his old American friends

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Why Japan cannot ignore Beijing's 'charm offensive' toward Seoul

    With tensions between Japan and South Korea continuing over historical and territorial issues, Beijing is more than willing to use the history card to woo Seoul. In a recent visit to South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "in the first

    September 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • N. Korea sentences U.S. tourist to 6 years hard labor

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- A U.S. tourist detained in North Korea after he tore up his tourist visa and demanded political asylum was sentenced Sunday to six years hard labor for "acts hostile to the DPRK," North Korea's official Korean Central News Agenc

    September 14, 2014 11:06 pm JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 13, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • North Korea wants more time for abduction probe

    TOKYO -- North Korea is now expected to present the findings of a new look into cases of missing Japanese no sooner than the week after next amid disagreement over what the report should contain. Japan had worked out a tentative agreement with t

    September 6, 2014 05:14 am JST
  • China mending fences with neighbors ahead of APEC meeting

    ULAN BATOR -- China is working to improve relations with nearby countries before November's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, particularly Mongolia, which it views as key to northeastern Asia. President Xi Jinping met with

    August 22, 2014 05:09 am JST