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  • Keeping channels open

    Japan unlikely to boost Pyongyang sanctions amid abduction probe

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government intends to forgo stronger sanctions on North Korea for now as Tokyo seeks to maintain communications while Pyongyang continues an investigation into Japanese nationals abducted by the North decades ago. On Thursd

    July 4, 2015 01:30 am JST
  • North Korea tells Japan more time needed for abduction probe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea has told Japan that it will take more time to complete its latest round of investigations into the fates of Japanese citizens it had abducted, Japanese ministers said Friday, a day before the purported one-year deadline

    July 3, 2015 12:12 pm JST
  • US military to strengthen partnership with Japan, others

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States will strengthen its global network of allies, including Japan, as key to its military strategy as its advantages as the strongest nation are being challenged, the military said in a report Wednesday. Calli

    July 2, 2015 01:08 pm JST
  • A year without progress

    North Korea asks Japan about extending abductee probe

    TOKYO -- Pyongyang has reportedly sounded out Tokyo on continuing an investigation into Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, a probe that has dragged on nearly a year with no visible results despite promises of a timely report. The two si

    July 2, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Walter Lohman: Washington, Seoul must prepare for a unified Korea

    Seoul seems to be in an upcycle of expectations over unification with North Korea -- perhaps because of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's focus on the issue, or perhaps due to speculation over the stability of the Pyongyang regime. It clearly c

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • North, South Korea

    Antagonism deepening amid provocations, tough stance

    SEOUL -- North and South Korea marked the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War on Thursday amid intensifying antagonism between their leaders. While North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un continues his provocations against his neigh

    June 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Hidden cost of political discord

    Japan, South Korea missing chances to get richer, more secure

    SEOUL/TOKYO -- Diplomatic frictions between Japan and South Korea, combined with a strong won, have taken a visible toll on some South Korean businesses. "We get only half as many Japanese customers as we did three years ago," laments the manage

    June 18, 2015 02:29 am JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • North Korea fires 3 short-range missiles into Sea of Japan

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired three short-range ship-to-ship missiles off its eastern coast into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to South Korea. The North "fired three KN-01 missiles from its eastern border town of Wonsan between 4:21

    June 14, 2015 07:45 pm JST
  • Yottabytes getting the jump on pirates

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship it had insured. She picks up the phone and contacts the s

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The buzz about drones

    Drones can be used for a variety of purposes, from military to business and recreation. They are an exciting and increasingly affordable new technology, and many expect them to bring about an industrial revolution in the air. But the stealthy, unman

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Schrage: The uncharted territory between autonomy and ethics

    Few U.S. military assets inspire the executive-branch swagger that unmanned aerial vehicles -- also known as drones -- do. "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL, I'm not going to call a judge,"

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • James Coyne: Regulators race to keep up

    When a remotely piloted aircraft loaded with radioactive sand was found on the Japanese prime minister's office late April, it raised alarm over the security risks posed by the growing number of unmonitored drones buzzing around. When it comes t

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kim's North Korea

    The seeds of instability

    TOKYO -- Speculation is growing that a power struggle over the North Korean leadership is intensifying within the secretive nation. South Korea's intelligence agency recently claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed one of his close

    June 6, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Walter Lohman

    Washington, Seoul must prepare for a unified Korea

    Seoul seems to be in an upcycle of expectations over unification with North Korea -- perhaps because of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's focus on the issue, or perhaps due to speculation over the stability of the Pyongyang regime. It clearly c

    June 6, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Graham Webster

    US-Japan cyber cooperation comes to life

    When the U.S. and Japanese governments announced new bilateral defense guidelines in April, they brought the alliance firmly into the 21st century. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani sealed their c

    June 4, 2015 01:00 pm JST