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  • North Korean missile launches highlight Japan's weaknesses

    TOKYO -- North Korea's recent provocation is a wake-up call for Japan to review its U.S.-dependent defense strategy and better safeguard its people. On March 26, North Korea test-fired two Rodong medium-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of J

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang adjusts its strategy amid whispers of dwindling cash stash

    TOKYO -- The most important period of the year for North Korea has passed, with the regime playing its cards a bit more carefully than in the past. April 11 was the second anniversary of Kim Jong Un's inauguration as first secretary of the Work

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Obama leaves US for Asia tour, alliance in focus in Japan

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will explain th

    April 23, 2014 10:28 am JST
  • North Korea stirring up nuclear trouble ahead of Obama visit

    SEOUL -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea are keeping a closer-than-usual eye on North Korea amid signs that it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test. With U.S. President Barack Obama kicking off back-to-back visits to Japan and South Korea on W

    April 23, 2014 03:02 am JST
  • South Korea activates task force to monitor possible North Korea nuke test

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has activated a special task force to monitor a possible fourth nuclear test by North Korea, after detecting signs it may take place "soon" at an underground test site, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "As

    April 22, 2014 04:20 pm JST
  • US jittery over South Korea's tilt toward China

    TOKYO -- A recent flurry of diplomatic maneuvering by Washington underscores just how desperate the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is to mend the frayed ties between Japan and South Korea. On March 25, Obama brought Japanese Prime

    April 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Abe, Obama to say will not tolerate bid to alter status quo by force

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama plan to declare in a summit Thursday the two allies will not tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force or coercion, a move aimed at keeping China and Russia in ch

    April 19, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Trade key to diplomatic success with US

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama's Japan visit next week comes at a critical time for the bilateral relationship and for Asia. A key point of contention is the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Tokyo and Washington are still at odds ove

    April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US sounds alarm on possible North Korean nuclear test

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is holding a flurry of talks with Asian allies over a possible nuclear test by North Korea amid growing concern ahead of President Barack Obama's tour of the region later this month. North Korea launched ballistic missile

    April 16, 2014 04:32 am JST
  • North Korean missile launches highlight Japan's weaknesses

    TOKYO -- North Korea's recent provocation is a wake-up call for Japan to review its U.S.-dependent defense strategy and better safeguard its populace. On March 26, North Korea test-fired two Rodong medium- range ballistic missiles into the Sea o

    April 15, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: IMF ignores its own data on emerging economies

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg last September: "Just as some advanced economies have begun to gather momentum, many emerging markets are slowing." With this warn

    April 15, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea eye intelligence-sharing deal

    TOKYO -- America and its two East Asian allies are considering a three-way framework for exchanging classified military information as a way to stay ahead of unpredictable North Korea. The U.S. has separate General Security of Military Informati

    April 11, 2014 02:47 am JST
  • North Korea ready to reopen abduction files

    TOKYO -- Seeking relief from sanctions, North Korea has told Japan that it is willing to take another look into past kidnappings of Japanese citizens whose families still want answers. The offer came during unofficial talks between their governm

    April 10, 2014 04:29 am JST
  • North Korean leader's close aide Choe becomes vice head of defense body

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A North Korean top military official seen increasingly close to leader Kim Jong Un became a new vice chairman Wednesday of the National Defense Commission as the country convened the first session of its newly elected parliament.

    April 9, 2014 09:58 pm JST
  • North Korea's No. 2 in spotlight as parliament session begins

    SEOUL -- With North Korea holding the first post-election session of its legislature Wednesday, all eyes are on whether that body's longtime head will keep his job. The chief of the Supreme People's Assembly holds the second-highest position in

    April 9, 2014 06:32 am JST
  • South Korea nuclear envoy may meet with Japan counterpart in Washington

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- A senior South Korean official said Sunday he may meet with his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of a three-way gathering also involving the United States to be held in Washington on Monday over North Korea's nuclear and m

    April 7, 2014 11:52 am JST
  • Japan poised to show robust alliance through Obama visit: Kishida

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to the country an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secre

    April 6, 2014 09:42 pm JST
  • Abductee Yokota's kin brief U.S. envoy on meeting with granddaughter

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The parents of Megumi Yokota, who has become a symbol of the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea, have briefed a visiting U.S. envoy on their meeting last month with the abductee's daughter in Mongolia, one of them said Saturd

    April 5, 2014 03:30 pm JST
  • North Korea's mixed messages to citizens, neighbors continue

    TOKYO -- Caught between the need to show a softer side to the international community and the imperative of looking firm to its military and citizens, North Korean has turned to its tried and true recipe of mixing conciliatory gestures with threats.

    April 4, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • North Korean drones send shock waves across South

    SEOUL -- The apparent ease with which a drone believed to be of North Korean origin shot photos of the presidential palace in Seoul without being detected has some South Koreans worried. Photos of the building complex known as the Blue House wer

    April 4, 2014 04:48 am JST