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  • 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
  • Japan to let North Korea breathe easier

    TOKYO -- Japan officially decided Friday to ease some sanctions against North Korea as Pyongyang is set to launch a probe into past abductions of Japanese citizens, providing some limited relief to the troubled country. The government will lift

    July 5, 2014 04:33 am JST
  • North Korea announces abduction probe specifics for 1st time

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- North Korea announced Friday the launch of a new organization aimed at looking into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected of being in its territory. North Korea said, as agreed with Japan, its "all-inclusi

    July 4, 2014 12:48 pm JST
  • Japan eases North Korea sanctions as abduction probe unit launched

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan finalized on Friday its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launched a special committee to investigate the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the past. "The launch has be

    July 4, 2014 10:40 am JST
  • North Korea going all out to probe abductions

    SEOUL -- By appointing high-profile officials to an investigative panel, North Korea is trying to show a skeptical Japan that its promise to look into past abductions of Japanese nationals is not an empty one. The impressive lineup of the specia

    July 4, 2014 06:39 am JST
  • China, South Korea set sights on North with no nukes

    SEOUL -- Chinese President Xi Jinping reassured his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, Thursday that Beijing will not tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea and will work with Seoul to convince the country to abandon the program. Xi also sai

    July 4, 2014 04:43 am JST