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  • China needs to 'purchase' friendships, scholar says

    BEIJING -- China's foreign policy scholars generally fall into two camps: "realists" and "liberals." The former tend to prioritize national interests and power. The latter are more ideological. And under the government of President Xi Jinping, the r

    March 19, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Arthur Herman: Japan's cyberthreats -- lessons from the US

    Japan is about to enter the brave new world of modern cybersecurity. The threats are coming, ready or not, especially -- but not exclusively -- from China and North Korea. The question is, how ready will Japan be when the next big wave of hackers hi

    March 12, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • China's foreign minister urges Japan be sincere about WWII

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China's foreign minister said Sunday Japanese political leaders need to be more sincere in dealing with historical issues, suggesting if this condition is met it is open to inviting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a military parade o

    March 8, 2015 08:31 pm JST
  • Searching for truth

    Japan, North Korea plan next talk on abductions

    TOKYO -- Japan and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks as early as this month on the investigation of the state-backed abduction of Japanese citizens, but no breakthrough is expected. The meeting likely will be in China, attended by Junic

    March 7, 2015 02:22 am JST
  • Arthur Herman

    Japan's cyberthreats -- lessons from the US

    Japan is about to enter the brave new world of modern cybersecurity. The threats are coming, ready or not, especially -- but not exclusively -- from China and North Korea. The question is, how ready will Japan be when the next big wave of hackers hi

    March 5, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Fight against communicable diseases

    Monkey, dog, duck cells used to culture flu vaccine faster

    TOKYO -- Flu seasons come and go, but what keeps public health experts up at night is the threat of a novel and extremely virulent form of influenza A, aka bird flu, becoming a global pandemic and killing tens of thousands of people. In Japan, s

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Monkey, dog, duck cells used to culture flu vaccine faster

    TOKYO -- Flu seasons come and go, but what keeps public health experts up at night is the threat of a novel and extremely virulent form of influenza A, aka bird flu, becoming a global pandemic and killing tens of thousands of people. In Japan, s

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Intimidating display

    North Korea preps midrange missiles for launch

    SEOUL -- North Korea's midrange Nodong missiles are now ready to launch, a South Korean government source revealed Tuesday, marking yet another bid by Pyongyang to pressure Seoul into a dialogue. Two mobile launchers loaded with the missiles wer

    March 4, 2015 06:37 am JST
  • Yan Xuetong interview

    China needs to 'purchase' friendships, scholar says

    BEIJING -- China's foreign policy scholars generally fall into two camps: "realists" and "liberals." The former tend to prioritize national interests and power. The latter are more ideological. And under the government of President Xi Jinping, the r

    March 2, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles off coast

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, a South Korean military official said, a move seen as a protest against annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States that were due to

    March 2, 2015 08:33 am JST
  • 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