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  • Japan ponders whether it needs its own nuclear weapons

    For decades, Japan has sheltered safely under the U.S. nuclear umbrella. But advancing weapons technology and changing American politics are forcing Tokyo to confront a longstanding taboo: will it one day need its own nukes ? China's ever more sophi

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Four Asian states racing to upgrade their nuclear arsenals

    NORTH KOREA has conducted four successful nuclear tests, including one in January. Pyongyang is also making progress on the missile technology needed to deliver an atomic bomb. North Korea's stockpile of nuclear warheads, estimated at 10 to 20, coul

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Hiroshima visit marks Obama's last chance to secure non-nuclear legacy

    SINGAPORE -- The people of Asia have had more than enough of nukes. On one side of the continent, North Korea presses ahead with missile tests, while on the other side Iran has yet to fully relinquish its nuclear development program.In the 20th cent

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Hiroshima visit marks Obama's last chance to secure non-nuclear legacy

    SINGAPORE The people of Asia have had more than enough of nukes. On one side of the continent, North Korea presses ahead with missile tests, while on the other side Iran has yet to fully relinquish its nuclear development program.In the 20th century

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Four Asian states racing to upgrade their nuclear arsenals

    NORTH KOREA has conducted four successful nuclear tests, including one in January. Pyongyang is also making progress on the missile technology needed to deliver an atomic bomb. North Korea's stockpile of nuclear warheads, estimated at 10 to 20, coul

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan ponders whether it needs its own nuclear weapons

    For decades, Japan has sheltered safely under the U.S. nuclear umbrella. But advancing weapons technology and changing American politics are forcing Tokyo to confront a longstanding taboo: will it one day need its own nukes ? China's ever more sophi

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Cross-border trade hints sanctions on North Korea taking a bite

    BEIJING -- Chinese imports from North Korea tumbled nearly 20% year on year in April, indicating the United Nations' sanctions against the reclusive state may be producing their intended effects.The U.N. imposed the sanctions to punish Pyongyang's n

    May 26, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • G-7 leaders aim to curb China maritime expansion in statement

    TOKYO -- Group of Seven leaders will call for respect for the rule of law and peaceful resolution to conflicts in a joint statement to be issued Friday at the end of their two-day summit, taking a swipe against China's territorial ambitions in the S

    May 25, 2016 04:00 am JST
  • More North Korean restaurant workers escape workplace in China

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- A South Korean official on Tuesday confirmed media reports that a small number of North Korean restaurant staff recently escaped their workplace in China."It's true, but I can't confirm anything further about them," said the officia

    May 24, 2016 07:21 pm JST
  • North Korea's economic reformers still have to mind the 'yellow wind'

    TOKYO -- Appointments made at the first congress of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party in 36 years earlier this month seem to suggest supreme leader Kim Jong Un is starting to take the economy more seriously. As widely expected, the congress wa

    May 23, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Kim Jong Un's nuke fixation hints at insecurity

    PYONGYANG -- The North Korean capital is filled with missile imagery. A model of the Unha-3 rocket used for "satellite" launches greeted reporters visiting the Mangyongdae Children's Palace, where elementary and middle school students gather for ext

    May 19, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • For China's ruling elite, home is where the haven is

    HONG KONG The massive leak of documents known as the Panama Papers suggests that Hong Kong has played a role of connecting China's elite with a global network of tax havens.Top officials in China's Communist Party are tied to this link via relatives

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • North Korea strives for self-reliance as sanctions pinch

    PYONGYANG -- Even after a parade kicked off in Kim Il Sung Square on the morning of May 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Premier Pak Pong Ju remained deep in conversation on a viewing platform above the festivities, looking grave. Pak's ascen

    May 18, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Kim's North Korea weaves web of control

    PYONGYANG -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has rung in the start of his era, the third generation of the country's dynastic dictatorship, and woe betide anyone who strikes a note of discord.This correspondent ran head-on into the force of North Ko

    May 17, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, South Korea, US to hold first missile defense drill

    SEOUL -- Japan, South Korea and the U.S. will conduct their first-ever joint missile defense exercise off Hawaii in June as part of efforts to share intelligence on North Korea, defense ministry sources here said Monday.America and its two East Asia

    May 16, 2016 11:22 pm JST
  • China's hardball tactics backfire with neighbors

    BEIJING -- U.S. policymakers reacted with alarm in mid-April as word spread that China had successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that is reportedly capable of hitting almost the entire country with multiple warheads.Although C

    May 16, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • A stage-managed view of Pyongyang puts 'progress' front and center

    PYONGYANG There is a mantra often heard in Pyongyang: "Sanctions only make the country stronger."More than two months after the United Nations Security Council imposed tough new measures against North Korea, the leadership under Kim Jong Un is kee

    May 12, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • North Korea's Kim consolidates his power from a new party perch

    PYONGYANG "Mansae! Mansae!" Cheers for North Korea's Kim Jong Un echoed across a packed hall on May 9 as the Workers' Party congress neared its conclusion in Pyongyang. Kim assumed a newly created post as the party's chairman during the four-day e

    May 12, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • North Korea continues saber-rattling at parade

    PYONGYANG -- North Korea's continued commitment to both nuclear and economic development, as well as comments by a top official Tuesday about the nation's military might, has neighbors concerned over what the hermit country may do next.Leader Kim Jo

    May 11, 2016 03:00 am JST
  • North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears at huge loyalty parade in Pyongyang

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un appeared at a huge loyalty parade marking the end of the seventh Workers' Party of Korea congress in the country's capital Pyongyang on Tuesday.The leader was shown on state-run Korean Central Te

    May 10, 2016 12:29 pm JST