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  • 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
  • North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles with 500 km range: Japan

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea apparently fired two ballistic missiles early Sunday, both flying about 500 kilometers northeastward before falling into the Sea of Japan, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. Japan immediately lodged a protest with N

    July 13, 2014 12:51 pm 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 12, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • North Korea squirming to end its isolation

    TOKYO -- On July 3, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government would ease some of its sanctions against North Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting South Korea for talks with President Park Geun-hye. Xi thus be

    July 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tokyo to press Pyongyang to broaden search for missing Japanese

    TOKYO -- A list of around 30 Japanese said by North Korea to be living in the country raises as many questions as it answers, including how far Pyongyang will push a new probe into past disappearances. The one-party dictatorship keeps foreigners

    July 11, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Big steelmakers race to supply China's booming car market

    SHANGHAI -- Global steel giants, casting an eager eye on China's massive automobile market, are stepping up their forays into the country by partnering with local companies. South Korea's Posco has teamed up with Chongqing Iron and Steel to cons

    July 11, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • North Korea says multiple Japanese abductees still alive

    TOKYO -- A list of missing Japanese said by North Korea to be living in the country contains known victims of state-sponsored kidnappings in the 1970s and 80s, The Nikkei learned Wednesday. The Nikkei reported last week that the secretive countr

    July 10, 2014 03:00 am JST
  • North Korea finds a new friend in Russia

    MOSCOW -- Russia has noticeably stepped up efforts to foster relations with North Korea, focusing on economic cooperation. As they embrace, both countries are casting a wary eye on China. There are plenty of signs that the two are cozying up. Ac

    July 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Graham Webster: US, China need to address cybersecurity

    Politics and moves by both the U.S. and Chinese governments have almost guaranteed this year's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue will produce little progress on the important issue of cybersecurity. Instead, this week's high-level bilateral

    July 9, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • North Korea appears to have fired ballistic missiles toward sea

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea appears to have fired two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan early on Wednesday, the Japanese government said. The two short-range missiles, which appear to be versions of the Scud missile, flew about 500 kil

    July 9, 2014 08:46 am JST
  • China may have cut off oil to North Korea for 5 months

    BEIJING -- In a possible sign of frustration with Pyongyang's behavior, China exported not one drop of crude oil to ally North Korea from January to May, trade data from the General Administration of Customs shows. China has imposed mild sanctio

    July 8, 2014 11:57 pm JST
  • Seoul-Beijing bond more fragile than it looks -- but it's still an issue for Tokyo

    SEOUL -- Relations between Beijing and Seoul appear to be at a high point, but a closer look suggests their bond is built on a shaky foundation. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul on July 3-4 for talks with his South Korean counterpart,

    July 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST