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  • No sunshine at Asian Games after Koreas clash over costs

    SEOUL -- North Korean athletes striding onto the field at Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon were greeted with cheers. Not so a North Korean patrol ship that strayed over a disputed maritime border to warning shots from South Ko

    September 20, 2014 05:43 am JST
  • Japan mulls fact-finding mission to cagey North Korea

    TOKYO -- With North Korea failing to deliver new information on past kidnappings as expected this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government must now rethink its strategy for holding the secretive state to its word. Cabinet member Eri

    September 20, 2014 05:27 am JST
  • US welcomes change in its Japan alliance

    TOKYO -- Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of International University of Japan and a security policy adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paid a visit to Washington in mid-June this year. He was anxious to make sure his old American friends

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Why Japan cannot ignore Beijing's 'charm offensive' toward Seoul

    With tensions between Japan and South Korea continuing over historical and territorial issues, Beijing is more than willing to use the history card to woo Seoul. In a recent visit to South Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that "in the first

    September 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • N. Korea sentences U.S. tourist to 6 years hard labor

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- A U.S. tourist detained in North Korea after he tore up his tourist visa and demanded political asylum was sentenced Sunday to six years hard labor for "acts hostile to the DPRK," North Korea's official Korean Central News Agenc

    September 14, 2014 11:06 pm JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 13, 2014 03:30 am JST
  • North Korea wants more time for abduction probe

    TOKYO -- North Korea is now expected to present the findings of a new look into cases of missing Japanese no sooner than the week after next amid disagreement over what the report should contain. Japan had worked out a tentative agreement with t

    September 6, 2014 05:14 am JST
  • China mending fences with neighbors ahead of APEC meeting

    ULAN BATOR -- China is working to improve relations with nearby countries before November's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, particularly Mongolia, which it views as key to northeastern Asia. President Xi Jinping met with

    August 22, 2014 05:09 am JST
  • The price of a pad

    Asian money is flowing into the Tokyo property market, where condominium prices have fallen sharply. Prices of typical condos in Tokyo are now 15-20% those of comparable units in Singapore and Hong Kong. Condo prices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shangha

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • North Korea looking to swap abductee info for aid

    TOKYO -- North Korea has asked for humanitarian assistance and a further easing of sanctions by Japan in exchange for preliminary findings of a new probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese, government sources told The Nikkei on Thursday. T

    August 15, 2014 02:33 am JST
  • Kerry reaffirms U.S. commitment to Asia-Pacific

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday and indirectly prodded China to seek to resolve territorial disputes through dialogue with the other countries concerned.

    August 14, 2014 03:02 pm JST
  • N. Korea fires 3 short-range projectiles off east coast: S. Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Thursday fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. In a statement, it said the projectiles fired from Wonsan, a port city, flew about 220 kilometers

    August 14, 2014 12:17 pm JST
  • Asia's biggest security forum urges N Korea to disarm

    NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) -- North Korea was called upon Sunday by a large majority of foreign ministers who attended Asia's largest security forum to immediately abandon its nuclear and missile programs. While the key topics at the forum, including reg

    August 11, 2014 10:10 am JST
  • Japan's Kishida has informal exchange with North Korean foreign minister

    NAYPYTAW (Kyodo ) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday he had an informal exchange with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and suggested that he urged Pyongyang to conduct a thorough investigation into the abduction issue and

    August 11, 2014 08:03 am JST
  • It's Kim Jong Un vs. North Korea's capitalists

    TOKYO -- North Korea late last month suddenly began printing a new 5,000-won bill. The move is seen as the first in a series of steps that the country's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, is taking to try to rein in a growing class of wealthy capitalists

    August 11, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Japan, N Korea foreign ministers meet informally

    NAYPYITAW (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his North Korean counterpart Ri Su Yong met informally Sunday in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw, a senior North Korea official said. The meeting marks the highest level contact betwee

    August 10, 2014 10:24 pm JST
  • Asean to step up march toward integration

    NAYPYITAW -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Friday to speed up preparations for the region's economic integration next year, taking such steps as easing disparities through infrastructure development. In 2007, Asean

    August 9, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • In Myanmar, Japan sees chance for talks with East Asian neighbors

    TOKYO -- Japan hopes that an upcoming international forum in Myanmar will provide opportunities to hold meetings with three East Asian neighbors. Japan aims to use these talks to improve frosty relations with China and South Korea and urge North

    August 7, 2014 06:02 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asian diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top foreign tourist destination for Chinese travelers. A

    July 31, 2014 12:00 am JST