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  • Move over supercars: SUVs shine at Beijing auto show

    BEIJING -- Chinese drivers are increasingly keen on SUVs, and leading carmakers are giving them plenty to choose from at this year's Beijing auto show. Auto China 2014, the 13th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, opened to the public o

    April 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Time to ease Asian tensions

    YANGZHOU, China -- High-level meetings between Japan and its two neighbors South Korea and China should resume, participants at the annual Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum said before it closed Tuesday. The recommendation comes at a time when mee

    April 24, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • US jittery over South Korea's tilt toward China

    TOKYO -- A recent flurry of diplomatic maneuvering by Washington underscores just how desperate the administration of President Barack Obama is to mend the frayed ties between Japan and South Korea. On March 25, Obama brought Japanese Prime Mini

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China again takes Go title

    TOKYO -- Chinese university student Wang Chen won the 12th World Students Go Oza Championship in Tokyo on Feb. 25-26. This was the first time in two years for a Chinese player to win the title, and the seventh time overall. In the annual amateur

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Anger mounts over botched response to South Korean ferry accident

    SEOUL -- Public frustration is boiling in the aftermath of South Korea's ferry disaster, with the government taking heat for delayed rescue efforts and misinformation. The government's response to the April 16 accident was mired in confusion fro

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Korea, Japan, US must hash out China ties

    SEOUL -- On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan and South Korea, an influential foreign policy expert in Seoul has called for closer trilateral consultation to narrow differences in their perceptions of China's rise. Park Jin

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ukraine turmoil puts spotlight on Russian Far East

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Russia's growing estrangement with the West over its incursions into Ukraine is pushing Moscow to look toward Asia to expand trade links. The country's underpopulated Far East region is poised to benefit from this pivot, but b

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang adjusts its strategy amid whispers of dwindling cash stash

    TOKYO -- The most important period of the year for North Korea has passed, with the regime playing its cards a bit more carefully than in the past. April 11 was the second anniversary of Kim Jong Un's inauguration as first secretary of the Work

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mongolia's green power pioneers keep Asian Super Grid dream alive

    ULAN BATOR -- There is another name for Mongolia: Land of the Eternal Blue Sky. Take the country's many hours of sunshine and add its wild, windswept steppes, and you would think it is a renewable energy paradise. In reality, 95% of Mongolia's p

    April 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Thai AirAsia X to launch Japan and South Korea flights

    BANGKOK -- Thai AirAsia X, an affiliate of Malaysia's low cost carrier AirAsia X, will launch direct flights from Bangkok to South Korea on June 17 and to Japan in July. It will become Thailand's first LCC to operate routes over four hours long.

    April 23, 2014 12:00 pm JST
  • Obama leaves US for Asia tour, alliance in focus in Japan

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will explain th

    April 23, 2014 10:28 am JST
  • Korea, Japan, US must hash out China ties

    SEOUL -- On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan and South Korea, an influential foreign policy expert in Seoul has called for closer trilateral consultation to narrow differences in their perceptions of China's rise. Park Jin

    April 23, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Former leaders of Japan, China, South Korea call for fresh talks

    YANGZHOU, China -- The Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum wrapped up Tuesday with a joint statement that calls for the resumption of high-level meetings between Japan, China and South Korea, warning tensions over historical issues and disputed territor

    April 23, 2014 05:25 am JST
  • North Korea stirring up nuclear trouble ahead of Obama visit

    SEOUL -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea are keeping a closer-than-usual eye on North Korea amid signs that it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test. With U.S. President Barack Obama kicking off back-to-back visits to Japan and South Korea on W

    April 23, 2014 03:02 am JST
  • Hyundai's fuel cell SUV to debut in home market

    SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor predicts that the age of mass-market fuel cell cars will begin in 2020, but it will start selling them in South Korea before then. The automaker expects to deliver 40 hydrogen-powered versions of its Tucson SUV in the coun

    April 23, 2014 01:17 am JST
  • Leaders must work together now to solve Asia crisis: Fukuda

    YANGZHOU, China -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda says that only political leadership can solve the tension between Japan and its neighbors China and South Korea, and the time to act is now. In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Rev

    April 23, 2014 12:38 am JST
  • South Korea activates task force to monitor possible North Korea nuke test

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has activated a special task force to monitor a possible fourth nuclear test by North Korea, after detecting signs it may take place "soon" at an underground test site, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "As

    April 22, 2014 04:20 pm JST
  • Elder statesmen from Japan, China, South Korea urge end to finger pointing

    YANGZHOU, China -- Former leaders of Japan, China and South Korea emphasized this week the need to put an end to the negative spiral of hostility among the three nations and to put the relationship back on track to cooperation. "As long as we co

    April 22, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • Death toll from South Korea ferry sinking tops 100, almost 200 missing

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The death toll from a ferry sinking off South Korea last week topped 100 on Tuesday, while almost double that number of people remain missing, according to the country's Coast Guard. The confirmed death toll rose to 104 as of Tu

    April 22, 2014 12:10 pm JST
  • Anger mounts as South Korea botches response to ferry accident

    SEOUL -- Public frustration is reaching a boiling point over South Korea's handling of the ferry disaster last week, as delayed rescue efforts and misinformation add to families' despair. The government's response was mired in confusion from the

    April 22, 2014 06:07 am JST