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  • Pyongyang looking to give economy a boost

    SEOUL -- North Korea's move to beef up ties with Russia was apparently prompted by a lack of progress on economic development, a priority as important as its nuclear program. To bolster economic development, Pyongyang set up in June a ministry c

    October 23, 2014 06:12 am JST
  • Russia's rail project in North Korea gets rolling

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-led railway project has kicked off in North Korea, marking the latest effort between Moscow and Pyongyang to deepen ties. High-ranking officials from both sides held meetings this year, agreeing on economic cooperation across

    October 23, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Japanese delegation to prod North Korea on abduction probe

    TOKYO -- A Japanese fact-finding team heads to Pyongyang next Monday to try holding North Korea to its word on investigating scores of missing-persons cases, including state-sponsored abductions. The government delegation, Japan's first to North

    October 23, 2014 04:05 am JST
  • Japan to send officials to North Korea to check abduction probe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government will send officials soon to North Korea to check its investigation into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. "The government has de

    October 20, 2014 06:54 pm JST
  • South Korea's Park confronts limits of 'principled diplomacy'

    SEOUL -- The sporting action at the recently concluded 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, was overshadowed somewhat by the diplomacy surrounding the event. In a surprise move, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent three close aides to atte

    October 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    Two weeks ago, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. The visit occurred in the midst of growing speculation that North Korea's young leader

    October 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    China's increasing belligerence in the East and South China seas, and toward India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons from the

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia-Europe summit will seek peaceful ends to thorny conflicts

    BRUSSELS -- European and Asian leaders are expected to agree on the need to bring international conflicts to peaceful ends under international law when they meet for a summit here this week. The biennial meeting, known as the ASEM summit, will t

    October 15, 2014 05:11 am JST
  • N. Korea media mentions leader Kim's activities for 1st time in 40 days

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea's state media on Tuesday reported leader Kim Jong Un's activities for the first time in 40 days, saying he visited a residential district for scientists, amid a flurry of speculation about his health. The official Ko

    October 14, 2014 09:10 am JST
  • N Korean leader had ankle surgery 1 month ago: report

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had surgery on his ankles a month ago and is recovering at a private estate north of Pyongyang, a Seoul daily reported on Monday, citing a North Korean source. "In the middle of last month, Kim Jo

    October 13, 2014 12:20 pm JST
  • 2 Koreas exchange machine-gun fire over anti-Pyongyang leaflets

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North and South Korea exchanged machine-gun fire Friday after North Korean border troops fired at balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff were quoted

    October 10, 2014 10:00 pm JST
  • N. Korean leader remains out of sight on political anniversary

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Friday marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, with leader Kim Jong Un remaining out of sight for more than a month. Amid a flurry of speculation among outside watche

    October 10, 2014 06:15 pm JST
  • Japan defense forces to ramp up support of American military

    TOKYO -- Japan's Self-Defense Forces will provide more support to the U.S. military, including protecting American ships, under revised defense guidelines the two countries are negotiating. An interim report on the revision was issued Wednesday

    October 9, 2014 02:09 am JST
  • Charles King: Making sense of 'messy' modern geopolitics

    "The world has always been messy," President Barack Obama said recently. "In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." This was an instance in

    October 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Big borrowing could hobble growth

    It is hardly a secret that debt has risen sharply across Asia in recent years. What may be surprising to many, however, is that companies and governments are not the only ones that have splurged. Consumers, too, have increasingly relied on credit to

    October 9, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan trying to win support for probe mission to Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is struggling to convince the public about the merits of sending officials to North Korea to assess progress on that country's investigation into state-backed abductions of Japanese citizens. Prime Minister Shinz

    October 7, 2014 05:33 am JST
  • N., S. Korea agree to 2nd round of high-level talks

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North and South Korea on Saturday agreed to hold another round of high-level talks in late October or early November, according to the South's Unification Ministry. Hwang Pyong So, newly appointed director of the North Korean's

    October 4, 2014 11:00 pm JST
  • North Korea puts on friendly face for foreign investors

    DALIAN, China -- The conference room at the Shangri La Dalian was the scene of an unusual business symposium in September. Not for its content -- a pitch for foreign investment -- so much as its source. "We want foreigners to invest in North Kor

    October 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Arthur Herman: Japan's coming drone revolution

    Unmanned aircraft, or drones, made headlines last spring when South Korean investigators found three small robotic planes equipped with digital cameras that had flown undetected across the border from North Korea and then crashed. South Korean offic

    October 2, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan to send officials to North Korea over abductions

    TOKYO -- With North Korea having failed to produce satisfying answers regarding its past abductions of Japanese citizens, Tokyo is expected to take up Pyongyang's offer to meet with members of the committee conducting the probe. "We need to deci

    October 1, 2014 05:06 am JST