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  • North Korea making switch to hired assassins

    SEOUL -- With North Korean spy operations under a klieg light since the killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother, testimonies by defectors suggest that the rogue state has been contracting out more of its dirty work in recent years.The planning starts

    February 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • High debt tests third-generation heir of Korean Air

    SEOUL -- Curbing high debt levels at Korean Air Lines is the first major task for new chief executive Cho Won-tae. The third-generation heir to the family-run transportation conglomerate is seeking to raise 457.7 billion won ($404.5 million) next m

    February 24, 2017 09:30 pm JST
  • Big in Asia but World Baseball Classic still seeks US home run

    The 2017 World Baseball Classic -- a popular international sporting event created by U.S.-based Major League Baseball -- will get underway in March amid its struggles to achieve the same worldwide recognition as the annual American World Series.The

    February 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Trump eyes boosting missile defense for Japan, South Korea over North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is "very angry" at North Korea's ballistic missile test earlier this month, and that boosting a missile defense system for Japan and South Korea is among the options to counter provo

    February 24, 2017 10:55 am JST
  • Samsung struggling in China as market share shrivels

    BEIJING -- The massive Chinese consumer market is not the banquet Samsung Electronics feasted on just a few years ago, with the South Korean consumer electronics behemoth plunging from first place to sixth in the smartphone market and from fifth to

    February 24, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korean ministry urges removal of comfort women statue

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Foreign Ministry has asked municipalities to move a controversial statue symbolizing wartime "comfort women" from outside the Japanese Consulate in Busan, but progress on this hot-button diplomatic issue looks unlikely for now

    February 24, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • Pyongyang paints Kim Jong Nam killing as Seoul conspiracy

    SEOUL -- North Korea on Thursday accused South Korea of engineering a "conspiracy" in connection with the killing in Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of its leader, Kim Jong Un.North Korea also denounced Malaysia for "blatantly viola

    February 23, 2017 02:21 pm JST
  • South Korea central bank holds rates for 8th month in February, as expected

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates unchanged for an eighth straight month on Thursday, opting for stability as it monitors uncertainties ranging from an unpredictable North Korea to global policy challenges and a polit

    February 23, 2017 10:16 am JST
  • The arrest of Lee Jae-yong leaves Samsung without a leader

    SEOUL Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, was arrested and held at a detention center in Seoul on the morning of Feb. 17 on suspicion of having made illegal payments totaling 43 billion won ($37.5 million) to a friend of South Korean

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China leads demand in a complex nuclear industry

    TOKYO One major driving force behind the expansion of Toshiba's nuclear power plant business is the growing demand for electricity in Asia.According to the World Nuclear Association, 99 of 447 nuclear power plants operating in the world are in the U

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A united front is needed to engage Pyongyang

    SEOUL The assassination of Kim Jong Nam has raised new questions about the stability of the North Korean regime, and how the international community can deal with Pyongyang.Yun Duk-min, chancellor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said that,

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Celltrion's cancer biosimilar approved in Europe

    SEOUL -- South Korean biopharmaceutical company Celltrion has received the green light to sell a leukemia treatment in Europe.The company announced the approval by the European Medicines Agency on Wednesday. Truxima is a biosimilar, or generic versi

    February 23, 2017 07:20 am JST
  • India's colonial-era stations to get Korean facelift

    NEW DELHI -- Three South Korean companies have thrown their hats into the race to modernize India's colonial-era railway network which has seen few upgrades in over a century. India has embarked on an ambitious plan to modernize 400 of its train sta

    February 22, 2017 11:40 pm JST
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    A united front is needed to engage Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- The assassination of Kim Jong Nam has raised new questions about the stability of the North Korean regime, and how the international community can deal with Pyongyang.Yun Duk-min, chancellor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said th

    February 22, 2017 09:40 pm JST
  • Chinese flock to South Korea despite travel restrictions

    SEOUL -- The number of Chinese visitors to South Korea increased more than 8% in January despite mounting tensions between the neighboring countries over Seoul's decision to deploy a U.S. missile defense system.A total of 565,000 mainland Chinese tr

    February 22, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares rise by noon as budget proposes tax relief

    HONG KONG (NewsRise) -- Hong Kong shares resumed the climb towards an 18-month high after the city's financial secretary proposed tax relief on salaries and forecast accelerated growth this year. Property developers drove advances.Financial secretar

    February 22, 2017 03:36 pm JST
  • Japan opening doors for foreign farming specialists

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is looking to ease residency requirements for foreign professionals in the agricultural sector, according to a policy outline crafted by officials on Tuesday.In previous discussions, the government said it wants to open a

    February 22, 2017 08:10 am JST
  • South Korea rudderless without president, Samsung chief

    SEOUL -- The arrest of the Samsung group's de facto head and the suspension of President Park Geun-hye over a sprawling corruption scandal have left South Korea's political and business realms leaderless in the face of pressing economic, diplomatic

    February 22, 2017 07:33 am JST
  • Alibaba affiliate to invest $200 million in Korea's Kakao Pay amid global push

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China's Ant Financial will invest $200 million in Kakao Pay, the mobile payment subsidiary of South Korean messaging platform giant Kakao Corp, extending a major push by the Chinese firm to create a global network of financial

    February 21, 2017 11:49 am JST