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  • Asia-Africa summit

    India's conspicuous absence amplifies undemocratic voices

    JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat out this week's Asia-Africa summit to prioritize commitments at home, ceding the limelight to countries less democratically inclined. Modi wrote Indonesian President Joko Widodo with regrets for

    April 23, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Kim Jong Un's plan to visit Moscow confirmed, talks with Putin eyed

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Russia has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to attend the celebrations in Moscow on May 9 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a Russian official said Wednesday, according to Russian med

    April 23, 2015 03:31 am JST
  • North Korean politics

    Kim seeks to appease, control country's military

    SEOUL -- Three years after formally taking the reins of power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is attempting the tricky task of cementing his grip on the country's military. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong met with his Indian counterpar

    April 21, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kim Jong Un's mission

    North Korea's hunt for hard currency to fund military spending

    SEOUL -- Three years since Kim Jong Un took over as North Korea's supreme leader, the impoverished communist country is showing some signs of change. Regular, government-supplied food rations have been mostly replaced by food sold on the black m

    April 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • SK group

    South Korean conglomerate to consolidate

    SEOUL -- SK group, one of the largest conglomerates in South Korea, said Monday it will consolidate its de facto holding company and information technology services provider SK C&C and intermediate holding company SK Holdings to simplify the group's

    April 20, 2015 06:30 pm JST
  • Joint declaration

    G-7 ministers speak out on Chinese maritime expansionism

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers issued their first joint declaration focusing on maritime issues Wednesday, prompted by Chinese expansionism in its neighboring waters. The G-7 countries will "continue to observe the situ

    April 16, 2015 02:40 am JST
  • Kim Jong Un's Machiavellian musical chairs

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has entered his fourth year in power. Since taking over as the Korean Workers' Party first secretary in April 2012, he has been consolidating power by regularly shuffling his close aides. But despite his effo

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Abduction probe

    Japan urges North Korea to return to negotiating table

    TOKYO -- Japan is struggling to break the impasse with North Korea over past kidnappings of Japanese nationals, making behind-the-scenes contacts while dialing up diplomatic pressure. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the parents of abductee Me

    April 15, 2015 03:47 am JST
  • North Korean power politics

    Kim Jong Un's Machiavellian musical chairs

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has entered his fourth year in power on Saturday. He took over as the Korean Workers' Party first secretary in April 2012. Since taking the helm, Kim has been consolidating power by regularly shuffling his cl

    April 13, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Security agreement

    Washington, Tokyo, Seoul strengthen ties against North Korea

    TOKYO -- Washington and Tokyo plan to strengthen defense cooperation with Seoul under a new guideline which is expected to see Japan's Self-Defense Forces expand support to U.S. troops. The Japanese government hopes to hold a defense ministers m

    April 12, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • North Korea has 1,000 missiles able to reach Japan, South Korea: experts

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- A group of U.S.-based researchers warned Tuesday that North Korea has some 1,000 ballistic missiles that can reach Japan and South Korea. The potential capability of delivering weapons further makes North Korea appear more

    April 8, 2015 10:06 am JST
  • Daniel Twining

    History may judge US leadership on Iran nuclear deal

    Washington's long-awaited nuclear deal with Iran prompted relief in Tehran over a likely end to international isolation, global hopes for a reduction in tensions in the Middle East, and skepticism in the U.S. Congress, where many cite Iran's longsta

    April 7, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Tit for tat

    Japan protests North Korean doubts on talks

    TOKYO -- Japan rapped North Korea on Friday for accusing it of jeopardizing talks that Tokyo hopes will lead to the truth about past kidnappings. The Japanese protest was lodged through embassy channels in Beijing. Tokyo also pressed Pyongyang t

    April 4, 2015 05:11 am JST
  • North Korea launches e-commerce services

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea, where social and economic activities are strictly controlled, has launched e-commerce services, enabling local people to buy food products and other necessities even through mobile devices, the state media reported We

    April 1, 2015 10:59 pm JST
  • Carrot and stick

    Japan renews North Korea sanctions amid stalled kidnapping probe

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government decided Tuesday to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years, aiming to push Pyongyang to progress with a stalled investigation of past abductions of Japanese nationals. The sanctions, which w

    April 1, 2015 01:51 am JST
  • Japan decides to extend sanctions against N Korea

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan decided Tuesday to extend its trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years beyond their expiration on April 13. The decision reflects no perceived progress in North Korea's reinvestigation

    March 31, 2015 09:27 am JST
  • Pressure on abductions

    Japan eyes 2-year renewal of North Korea sanctions

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is poised to approve a two-year extension of unilateral sanctions against North Korea in hopes of prodding the secretive state to disclose new facts about past kidnappings. The cabinet will decide Tuesday on leng

    March 28, 2015 06:36 am JST
  • Yet another resolution

    UN presses North Korea on abductions, rights violations

    GENEVA -- The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Friday urging North Korea to stop human rights violations and investigate the abduction of foreigners, including Japanese citizens. The resolution, drafted and submitted by Japan and t

    March 28, 2015 04:17 am JST
  • 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