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  • Kim's kingdom of fear looks a little more ill

    SEOUL -- Around the time his uncle was sentenced to death, North Koreans began proclaiming Kim Jong Un their "great leader," a title formerly bestowed on his late father. Kim Jong Il died Dec. 17 two years ago. With this anniversary nigh, his so

    December 19, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Adrift from China, Kim may cling to nuclear shield

    BEIJING -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un may have consolidated domestic power, but his foreign policy is in disarray, with ally China unsettled by the demise of a key go-between. An increasingly isolated North Korea may feel it has little incentive t

    December 18, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Foreign policy, not force alone, holds key to a safer Japan

    TOKYO -- The crucial consideration in enhancing Japan's national security lies not in purchasing the drones or Ospreys on its shopping list, but in crafting a shrewd diplomatic strategy to help achieve what even increased military capabilities canno

    December 18, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Kim stacks party, security posts with loyalists

    SEOUL -- The new who's who of power in Pyongyang under Kim Jong Un is starting to become clear following the biggest upheaval in North Korean politics since the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. Following the execution of Jong Un's uncle by marri

    December 18, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Kim's kingdom of fear

    SEOUL -- Around the time his uncle was sentenced to death, North Koreans began proclaiming Kim Jong Un their "great leader," a title formerly bestowed on his late father. Kim Jong Il died two years ago Tuesday. With this anniversary nigh, the so

    December 17, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • North Korea stuck with Kim for now: South ex-minister

    SEOUL -- Only time will tell whether a new, younger inner circle, ruled over by Kim Jong Un, solidifies its hold on North Korea, says Kang In-duk, a former unification minister of South Korea. Kang spoke with The Nikkei about the politics of the

    December 17, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Investors lock on to Japan defense stocks

    TOKYO -- Defense-linked stocks are rising in Japan as regional tensions simmer and the government looks to raise a limit on related spending. The Liberal Democratic Party government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to cap defense costs

    December 16, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • China may tighten screws on North Korea after purge

    BEIJING -- China finds itself having to rethink its relations with North Korea now that a familiar link between the two countries is dead. North Korea's summary execution of Jang Song Thaek, reported Friday by state media, could provide an impet

    December 14, 2013 04:47 am JST
  • N Korean leader's once-powerful uncle Jang executed

    PYONGYANG/BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea announced Friday it had executed Jang Song Thaek, supremeleader Kim Jong Un's uncle, who had been considered the country'ssecond-most powerful figure, labeling him "a traitor." Jang, whose purging was ann

    December 13, 2013 12:50 pm JST
  • Japan seeks more limber defense force

    TOKYO -- Japan's new defense planning will emphasize speed and flexibility, with integrated land, sea and air forces and more maneuverable weaponry. Government and ruling bloc officials on Wednesday put together new National Defense Policy Guidel

    December 12, 2013 06:04 am JST
  • Yawning income gaps threaten growth

    You would not know it from all those glitzy new shopping malls sprouting up in Asian cities. Record condo prices are not telling the whole story either. In truth, not everyone is joining in the region's prosperity. In recent years, Asian economi

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • Yawning income gaps threaten growth

    You would not know it from all those glitzy new shopping malls sprouting up in Asian cities. Record condo prices are not telling the whole story either. In truth, not everyone is joining in the region's prosperity. In recent years, Asian economi

    December 12, 2013 12:00 am JST
  • North Korea's leader purging his way to absolute power

    SEOUL -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to be shoving out the last of his one-time guardians to establish himself as dictator in his own right. Reported Monday by state television, the downfall of Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was stunning in

    December 10, 2013 07:00 am JST
  • Top North Korean official likely ousted

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's influential uncle, Jang Song Thaek, has apparently been removed, marking a sea change in the country's balance of power. South Korea's National Intelligence Agency informed members of the parliament's i

    December 4, 2013 06:02 am JST
  • Treaty on nuclear tests by 2017 eyed

    TOKYO -- A treaty banning nuclear testing by 2017 is among the ambitions of the new chief of an organization for abolishing atomic weapons. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-B

    November 26, 2013 07:00 pm JST
  • Close yet so far: Survey shows Japanese feel little affinity with China

    TOKYO (Nikkei) -- Japan's Cabinet Office on Saturday released a survey showing a record 80.7% of Japanese citizens feel no sense of neighborliness with China. The result is up by 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous survey, conducted last yea

    November 23, 2013 09:06 pm JST
  • China state firm pulls out of joint North Korean project

    GUANGZHOU, China (Nikkei) -- A major Chinese state-owned company has dropped out of a program to jointly develop special economic zones in North Korea, The Nikkei discovered Thursday. China Merchants Group appears to have been one of the bigger

    November 22, 2013 03:13 am JST