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  • 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
  • The price of a pad

    Asian money is flowing into the Tokyo property market, where condominium prices have fallen sharply. Prices of typical condos in Tokyo are now 15-20% those of comparable units in Singapore and Hong Kong. Condo prices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shangha

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • North Korea looking to swap abductee info for aid

    TOKYO -- North Korea has asked for humanitarian assistance and a further easing of sanctions by Japan in exchange for preliminary findings of a new probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese, government sources told The Nikkei on Thursday. T

    August 15, 2014 02:33 am JST
  • Kerry reaffirms U.S. commitment to Asia-Pacific

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday and indirectly prodded China to seek to resolve territorial disputes through dialogue with the other countries concerned.

    August 14, 2014 03:02 pm JST
  • N. Korea fires 3 short-range projectiles off east coast: S. Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Thursday fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a statement, it said the projectiles fired from Wonsan, a port city, flew about 220 kilometers

    August 14, 2014 12:17 pm JST
  • Asia's biggest security forum urges N Korea to disarm

    NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) -- North Korea was called upon Sunday by a large majority of foreign ministers who attended Asia's largest security forum to immediately abandon its nuclear and missile programs. While the key topics at the forum, including reg

    August 11, 2014 10:10 am JST
  • Japan's Kishida has informal exchange with North Korean foreign minister

    NAYPYTAW (Kyodo ) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday he had an informal exchange with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and suggested that he urged Pyongyang to conduct a thorough investigation into the abduction issue and

    August 11, 2014 08:03 am JST
  • It's Kim Jong Un vs. North Korea's capitalists

    TOKYO -- North Korea late last month suddenly began printing a new 5,000-won bill. The move is seen as the first in a series of steps that the country's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, is taking to try to rein in a growing class of wealthy capitalists

    August 11, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan, N Korea foreign ministers meet informally

    NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his North Korean counterpart Ri Su Yong met informally Sunday in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw, a senior North Korea official said. The meeting marks the highest level contact betwee

    August 10, 2014 10:24 pm JST
  • Asean to step up march toward integration

    NAYPYITAW -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Friday to speed up preparations for the region's economic integration next year, taking such steps as easing disparities through infrastructure development. In 2007, Asean

    August 9, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • In Myanmar, Japan sees chance for talks with East Asian neighbors

    TOKYO -- Japan hopes that an upcoming international forum in Myanmar will provide opportunities to hold meetings with three East Asian neighbors. Japan aims to use these talks to improve frosty relations with China and South Korea and urge North

    August 7, 2014 06:02 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asian diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top foreign tourist destination for Chinese travelers. A

    July 31, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Europe dreams of leading race to develop 5G mobile phone tech

    LONDON -- Europe has fallen behind the U.S. and Asia in rolling out fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone technology. To address this, European countries are taking initiative to develop what comes next: the 5G standard. In mid-June, the European

    July 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • N Korea fires another missile, Japan protests as security violation

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday, likely under the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un, according to reports from Seoul and Pyongyang, prompting Japan to lodge a strong protest, calling the launch

    July 27, 2014 11:10 am JST
  • China-North Korea trade ebbs amid chillier ties

    BEIJING -- Trade between North Korea and China continued to decline in the first half of the year, as relations deteriorated between the Hermit Kingdom and the nation that has long been its most important patron. Bilateral trade value slid 4% on

    July 26, 2014 05:51 am JST
  • Need for security network growing in Asia

    TOKYO -- When a flotilla of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet called at the Vietnamese naval base at Cam Ranh in June, it was a clear indication that Vietnam was courting Russia in a bid to counter China's growing clout. The port call followed

    July 25, 2014 02:40 pm JST
  • Brand Japan almost 400 years old

    An imaginary European palace adorned with roughly 100 reproductions of antique Imari porcelain exported from Japan between the mid-17th and 19th centuries is the venue of the 34th Summer Festival of Arita & Imari Porcelain. The show runs through

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: How to manage the end of North Korea

    Amid ever-growing debate about tensions and the balance of power in East Asia lies a strategic and diplomatic challenge with far-reaching consequences that has yet to be substantively addressed. There is a wall of silence from world governments

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asia's North Korean diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun shopping area of downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top tourist destination for Chinese travelers. At a

    July 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan seeks meetings with North, South Korean foreign ministers

    TOKYO -- Japan will propose that Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meet with his South and North Korean counterparts to discuss contentious issues among the three nations during a regional dialogue next month. The meetings would be held alongside t

    July 16, 2014 03:48 am JST