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  • Frederic Neumann: It's time to talk about the high income trap

    The middle income trap is a disease that has afflicted a number of developing economies over the years. After breakneck economic expansion, growth suddenly begins to stagnate when per capita income reaches a level the World Bank defines as middle in

    May 28, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Abduction probe

    A year on, still no new answers from Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- North Korea's promise to search for Japanese spirited away by government operatives has yielded no visible progress after 12 months, prompting calls for renewed sanctions on the secretive state. Friday marks a year since a deal in Stock

    May 27, 2015 11:17 pm JST
  • The succession question

    Arora emerges as SoftBank's answer

    TOKYO -- SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son says he will not retire anytime soon, but he has already named a likely successor -- a man who seems equally comfortable striking big investment deals and mingling with Hollywood celebrities. Nikes

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The face of SoftBank's future

    TOKYO -- SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son says he will not retire anytime soon, but he has already named a likely successor -- a man who seems equally comfortable striking big investment deals and mingling with Hollywood celebrities. Nikes

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • North Korea cancels UN chief's visit to border town

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea has abruptly cancelled its earlier approval of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's visit to the North Korean border town of Kaesong that had been set for Thursday, the U.N. chief said Wednesday. "Early this morning,

    May 20, 2015 12:41 pm JST
  • Please get along

    US calls on South Korea, Japan to bridge gaps

    SEOUL -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called for improved ties between South Korea and Japan, America's two key allies in the region, in a likely bid to better counter the rising threats of North Korea and China. South Korean For

    May 19, 2015 05:14 am JST
  • Spy games

    US quietly calls North Korea's missile bluff

    TOKYO -- North Korea's recent claim that it successfully launched a ballistic missile from a submarine has deeply disquieting implications for Japan's national security -- if it is true. Global media reports citing U.S. intelligence sources say Pyon

    May 18, 2015 06:00 pm JST
  • North Korea 'not even close' to talks with US due to nuclear program: Kerry

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday North Korea has "not even come close" to taking the steps needed to rein in its nuclear weapons programme to initiate talks, adding the United States was considering further sancti

    May 18, 2015 02:10 pm JST
  • Reign of terror

    North Korean execution may be Kim's warning to military

    SEOUL -- The reported execution of the North Korean defense chief has spurred speculation among Pyongyang watchers that young, insecure leader Kim Jong Un is trying to quash military dissent through fear. Hyon Yong Chol reportedly was executed A

    May 14, 2015 01:08 am JST
  • North Korea's defense chief executed

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korean Defense Minister Hyon Yong Chol has been executed for treason, South Korean media reported Wednesday, citing the state intelligence organization. The public execution of Hyon involving the use of an anti-aircraft gu

    May 13, 2015 12:20 pm JST
  • Crumbling strengths

    South Korea's Park under fire over diplomatic, security policies

    SEOUL -- A recent missile launch by North Korea and demands that the foreign minister step down have shaken support for South Korean President Park Geun-hye, even in the diplomatic and security fields generally considered her forte. On Tuesday,

    May 13, 2015 05:25 am JST
  • Police arrest Chongryon chief's son, others over mushroom import

    KYOTO (Kyodo) -- Police on Tuesday arrested the son of the head of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and two other men on suspicion of illegally importing "matsutake" mushrooms from North Korea in 2010. Masamichi

    May 12, 2015 01:11 pm JST
  • Real deal

    North's sub missile launch was 'success,' Seoul says

    SEOUL -- North Korea successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile last week, and the photo it released of the shot is authentic, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo told lawmakers Monday. South Korean and U.S. intelligence ag

    May 11, 2015 11:59 pm JST
  • Real or propaganda

    North Korea says it has tested a sub-launched missile

    SEOUL -- According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency on Saturday, North Korea has successfully launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. The agency did not disclose details, like the time or location of the test launch, but onl

    May 10, 2015 01:00 am JST
  • North Korea fires 3 short-range missiles, tests sub-launched missile

    BEIJING/SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired three short-range ship-to-ship missiles off its eastern coast on Saturday after the state media announced it had successfully test-fired a newly developed submarine-launched missile. The South Korean mi

    May 9, 2015 08:38 pm JST
  • North Korea threatens with attacks in case of South Korea's 'intrusions'

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Friday issued a "special warning" that it is ready to strike without prior notice at South Korean warships in the event of what it sees as an intrusion into its territorial waters near the disputed border in the Yello

    May 8, 2015 01:59 pm JST
  • International debut delayed

    North Korean leader won't attend Russia's Victory Day, state news says

    SEOUL -- North Korean state news has essentially confirmed what a Russian spokesman said last week: leader Kim Jong Un will not go to Moscow this month to mark the anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory in Europe in World War II. The Korean C

    May 4, 2015 11:46 pm JST
  • North Korean army deserters kill 3 Chinese people in border city: report

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Three North Korean army deserters killed three Chinese people in the Chinese border town of Helong last Friday and ran away, South Korea's KBS television network reported Wednesday. Chinese authorities are engaged in an extensiv

    April 29, 2015 06:28 pm JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    India's conspicuous absence amplifies undemocratic voices

    JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat out this week's Asia-Africa summit to prioritize commitments at home, ceding the limelight to countries less democratically inclined. Modi wrote Indonesian President Joko Widodo with regrets for

    April 23, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Kim Jong Un's plan to visit Moscow confirmed, talks with Putin eyed

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russia has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to attend the celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a Russian official said Wednesday, according to Russian med

    April 23, 2015 03:31 am JST