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  • East Asian waters to be US aircraft carrier-free for a time

    TOKYO -- Defense policymakers in Japan and the U.S. are privately voicing concern about the total absence of U.S. aircraft carriers from East Asian waters for four months next year. Budget constraints at home, combined with the rise of the Islam

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A firsthand look at North Korea's 'marketization'

    After decades of disappointing its citizens and outsiders alike, North Korea has launched a series of major reforms to pull its economy out of its long malaise. Among the measures ordered by leader Kim Jong Un: the setting up of special economic zon

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Washington and Pyongyang

    North Korea's release of American captives aimed at dialogue

    WASHINGTON -- North Korea's release of two Americans -- Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller -- on Nov. 8 may have seemed like a surprise move to many, but it occurred only after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations in which Pyongyang called many of th

    November 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Pyongyang-Moscow connection

    North Korea eager to boost ties with Russia to fend off West

    MOSCOW -- Not ready to play the part of lone wolf on the international stage, North Korea is seeking to warm things up with Russia, a country that is also facing tough sanctions from the West. Choe Ryong Hae, a senior member of the ruling Worker

    November 20, 2014 05:25 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Why the UN belongs at the heart of Korea's DMZ

    On Oct. 31, at a conference in the United Nations' center in Geneva, a low-key delegation from South Korea unveiled details of an ambitious plan. There were no high-powered officials or ranks of press cameras to mark the event, although the pres

    November 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • N. Korea's special envoy meets Putin, gives letter from Kim

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Pyongyang's latest efforts to seek diplomatic and economic support from other countries as a possible counterbalance to Chi

    November 19, 2014 01:37 pm JST
  • Obama pledges commitment to Asia in remaining tenure

    BRISBANE, Australia (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Saturday to remain committed to the Asia-Pacific region, defining it as a core of his administration's foreign policy in the remaining two years of his tenure. "I'm here today to

    November 15, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ex-officials say Japan-US security ties keep China in check

    TOKYO -- China will not be able to assert regional hegemony if Japan and the United States work together closely on security, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye said at a Tokyo symposium of security experts in late October. Ny

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • North Korean companies long for end of sanctions

    At a clothing factory in North Korea's Rason special economic zone, shop-floor officials talked about the need to resume trade with Japan and South Korea -- meaning they would like to see the current economic sanctions against North Korea ended. The

    November 11, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • N. Korea releases final 2 detained Americans

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Two American citizens released by North Korea returned to the United States on Saturday. Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the last two U.S. citizens held in the hermit country following the release of Jeffrey Fowle last

    November 9, 2014 03:40 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • A firsthand look at North Korea's 'marketization'

    North Korea has come to a critical juncture. Leader Kim Jong Un has ordered significant reforms designed to pull the nation out of its long malaise, such as setting up numerous special economic zones and expanding the autonomy of companies. New proj

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • North Korea vows to get to the bottom of abductions: Abe

    TOKYO -- North Korea says its ongoing probe into kidnappings of Japanese nationals will not adhere to past findings but take "a new perspective" and "leave no stone unturned," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. North Korean officials said

    October 31, 2014 05:37 am JST
  • North Korea says still too soon for facts on abductions

    PYONGYANG -- Two days of talks between delegates from Japan and North Korean officials ended Wednesday with the latter claiming that their new investigation into past abductions and other Japanese missing persons cases has not progressed beyond the

    October 30, 2014 04:17 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    On Oct. 4, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon. The visit occurred amid speculation that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, was seriously

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST