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  • South Korean diplomacy

    Park's principles trump relations with Pyongyang, Tokyo

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye appears resolved to stick to certain principles, even if doing so limits her maneuvering room for improving relations with North Korea and Japan. Recent talk of a potential summit between the leader

    February 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Rare transpeninsular cooperation

    North Korea may carry Russian power to South Korea

    MOSCOW -- Russia and North Korea have agreed to advance a large energy project to transmit surplus power from Russia's Far East to North Korea as well as to South Korea. The agreement is meant to promote energy cooperation between Moscow and Pyongya

    February 26, 2015 06:00 pm JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Eating our way to a healthier world

    A balanced diet is essential for not only providing energy and nutrients but also preventing disease. Changes in lifestyles and what we eat have greatly influenced human health, resulting in higher risks of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, d

    February 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    How history is helping to rebalance Asia

    The U.S., China and Japan are groping toward a new equilibrium in their relationship with each other and with other countries in East Asia. The adjustments underway are complex and psychologically wrenching. Profound interdependence among the U.S.,

    February 23, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Chilling effects

    Press freedom deteriorates across Asia

    BANGKOK -- Press freedom is deteriorating globally and Asia is no exception. In the latest report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 22 out of 26 countries and areas in the region saw their evaluation drop from the year before. There were a few bri

    February 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Entrepreneurs say there is business to be done in North Korea

    SEOUL -- It may be the most extreme business frontier on earth, but entrepreneurs say North Korea offers potential for adventurous traders and investors -- and that Pyongyang is cautiously enacting commercial reforms. In what was described as th

    February 12, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • No decision yet on deploying missile system in S. Korea: U.S. official

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday no decision has been made on deploying a U.S. advanced anti-missile system in South Korea. "The question of THAAD is very clear. There is no decision, no active discussio

    February 9, 2015 01:42 pm JST
  • N. Korea fires 5 missiles toward Sea of Japan: S. Korea military

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea fired what appear to be five short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Sunday afternoon, the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The five objects were launched from the Wonsan area in southeaste

    February 8, 2015 07:40 pm JST
  • 'President's Time'

    With memoir, ex-leader stirs up a storm in South Korea

    SEOUL -- A new memoir by former President Lee Myung-bak has caused an uproar in the current South Korean government for exposing behind-the-scenes intrigue involving key figures from the country's East Asian neighbors. Advance copies of "Preside

    January 31, 2015 07:40 am JST
  • Frontier capitalism

    Entrepreneurs say there is business to be done in North Korea

    SEOUL -- It may be the most extreme business frontier on earth, but entrepreneurs say North Korea offers potential for adventurous traders and investors -- and that Pyongyang is cautiously enacting commercial reforms. In what was described as th

    January 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Finding a way forward on human rights in North Korea

    Last spring, two North Korean defectors traveled from Seoul to Stanford University to share their experiences in the North. Hosted by Stanford's Korean Students Association, the event was held to increase awareness of North Korean human rights issue

    January 29, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Itsuo Toshima: Hedge funds, oil money may rock markets in 2015

    Hedge funds are going to get some company this year from well-financed groups with oil money. It might be enough to alter the global flows of capital, and investors -- no matter where they are placing their bets -- will have to consider both forces

    January 29, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Lina Baechtiger

    The dark undercurrent of freer trade flows

    The global proliferation of free trade zones has been one of the most important developments for international business in recent years. These zones offer companies significant advantages in shipping products, and in Asia, we have some of the world'

    January 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin

    What should we do about North Korea's human rights situation?

    Last spring two North Korean defectors visited Stanford University from Seoul to share their experiences in the North. Hosted by Stanford's Korean Students Association, the event was held to increase awareness of North Korean human rights issues in

    January 20, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Fraught relations

    US, North Korea hold informal talks

    SINGAPORE -- American and North Korea officials met informally over the weekend here for the first time since the November cyberattack on a U.S. subsidiary of Sony. The two days of informal talks ended Monday, with discussions focused on such is

    January 20, 2015 05:33 am JST
  • Signs of thaw

    South Korea leaves door ajar for dialogue with Japan

    SEOUL -- Foreign ministers from Japan, China and South Korea could meet "in the not-so-distant future," South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Monday. Speaking at a press conference here, he went on to suggest that the possibility of co

    January 20, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Japan, South Korea security

    New defense information exchange to operate via Washington

    TOKYO -- Japan is expected to more effectively address North Korean military threats via a new information sharing framework with South Korea and the U.S. established at the end of 2014. Under the new three-party scheme, Japan is supposed to pro

    January 19, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephan Haggard

    New year unlikely to change North Korea's course

    The hacking of Sony Pictures' computer network marked an important watershed in the history of cyber warfare. It also complicated the state of play on the Korean peninsula by hardening U.S. policy toward the North just as South Korean President Park

    January 19, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Sony hack

    Cyberwarfare no longer science fiction

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and North Korea are embroiled in a bitter diplomatic row over the recent cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Conflicts in cyberspace involving not only governments but also international hacker groups are esca

    January 16, 2015 07:00 pm JST