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  • 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
  • Itsuo Toshima

    Hedge funds, oil money may rock markets in 2015

    TOKYO -- A major change is going to take place in the global flow of money in 2015. Hedge funds are no longer alone facing the market headwinds -- they've got company, in the form of big-money groups driven by oil money. Market players will have to

    January 15, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • North Korean cyberwarriors use Chinese city as front-line base

    BEIJING -- The stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment may have been orchestrated by North Korea, as the U.S. claims, but there are credible pieces of evidence it was launched from a northeastern Chinese city: Shenyang, the provinci

    January 15, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific economy

    ESCAP forecasts 5.8% regional growth in 2015

    BANGKOK -- Asia Pacific countries are set for 5.8% growth in gross domestic production in 2015, slightly more than the 5.6% estimated for 2014, according to a survey released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paci

    January 13, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Sony hack

    Are North Korea's cyberwarriors based in China?

    BEIJING -- The stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment may have been orchestrated by North Korea, as the U.S. claims, but there are signs it was based out of the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, the provincial capital of Liaon

    January 9, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • North Korea looks to cut Chinese apron strings

    RASON, North Korea -- Visitors to North Korea's Rason special economic zone soon learn of company managers' desire to resume business with Japan and South Korea, which have slapped sanctions on Pyongyang. This is clear evidence of supreme leader Kim

    January 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Fighting hackers

    US to triple cybertroops

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Defense plans to have 6,200 cybersecurity specialists on duty by the end of 2016 -- roughly three times as many as now. Plans for the buildup came together recently after months of discussion. The data breac

    January 7, 2015 07:41 am JST
  • North Korea's nuclear weapons

    Pyongyang making advances in missile-ready warheads

    SEOUL -- North Korea has apparently made big strides in building nuclear warheads small enough to fit easily on ballistic missiles, South Korea's Defense Ministry writes in a report released Tuesday. The farthest reaching of these missiles are t

    January 7, 2015 04:38 am JST
  • S. Korean Defense White Paper stresses North's warhead capability

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday released its biennial Defense White Paper in which it stressed North Korea's "significant" capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead for mounting on a ballistic missile. While cr

    January 6, 2015 01:14 pm JST
  • Japan condemns N. Korea's alleged cyberattack against Sony

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan "strongly condemns" the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. attributed to North Korea, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday. Speaking to journalists after telep

    January 6, 2015 01:06 pm JST
  • N. Korea slams U.S. imposition of new sanctions as "hostile act"

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea on Sunday blasted the United States for announcing additional sanctions against it over the recent cyberattack on the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., calling the move a "hostile act" aimed at tarnishing the country's

    January 4, 2015 06:50 pm JST