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  • Asia-Pacific meeting puts Trump's trade turmoil center stage

    HANOI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new trade representative held his first face-to-face meetings with some key partners on Saturday as the United States charts an "America First" policy that has upended the old global order and sparked

    May 20, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Moon Jae-in's 'balance' strategy risks knocking region off kilter

    SEOUL -- After nine years of conservative rule, South Korea's new liberal president is vowing to talk with the unruly North in an effort to stabilize the peninsula. But one could argue Moon Jae-in's rise has itself become another destabilizing facto

    May 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Mattis: North Korea military solution would be 'tragic on an unbelievable scale'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale" and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution."W

    May 20, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • Indian, ASEAN stocks spur Asia300 Index to record

    TOKYO -- Stellar performances by Indian and Southeast Asian stocks propelled the Nikkei Asia300 Index to a record this week.The index, which tracks over 300 promising companies in 11 Asian economies, climbed 16% since its December 2016 introduction

    May 20, 2017 02:30 am JST
  • ASEAN seeking a role in North Korea diplomacy

    TOKYO -- A former top official from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Friday that the 10-member group could play a peace broker role in the ongoing crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program."I [would] like to see the appointmen

    May 19, 2017 11:53 pm JST
  • South Korean cosmetics shares bounce on China hopes

    SEOUL -- Shares in South Korean cosmetics companies are rising on expectations that China will soften its retaliation against the country over its deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system.AmorePacific Group shares rose 1.64% to 155,000 won o

    May 19, 2017 09:37 pm JST
  • China willing to mend ties with South Korea, Xi tells special envoy

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with a special envoy of new South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday, telling him that Beijing wants to bring back ties with Seoul on "a normal track."Xi also expressed China's willingness to p

    May 19, 2017 01:18 pm JST
  • Will Moon really make chaebol reform happen?

    SEOUL -- Reforming South Korea's family owned conglomerates was front and center in President Moon Jae-in's election campaign, yet some in the business community are already questioning the new leader's resolve to tackle such a daunting task.Clad in

    May 19, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korean manufacturers lagging in acquisitions: think tank

    SEOUL -- South Korean manufacturers are less active than rivals around the world in pursuing mergers and acquisitions, the Hyundai Research Institute said in a report Thursday.The total value of M&A deals worldwide increased roughly 110% between the

    May 19, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Shift in South Korea energy policy brings boon for LNG

    DENPASAR, Indonesia -- Liquefied natural gas exporters will be excited by the prospects of state-backed Korea Gas returning to the buyers' table following moves by newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in to shift the country's power-generat

    May 18, 2017 11:25 pm JST
  • Japan on same security page with US but not South Korea

    TOKYO -- JS Izumo, Japan's aircraft carrier-like destroyer, sailed parallel to the Richard E. Byrd, a U.S. Navy supply ship off the Boso Peninsula, Chiba Prefecture, on May 1, marking the first time that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces were in posi

    May 18, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Scott Snyder

    Trump-Moon friction points to watch out for

    The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took only four days for North Korea to test an intermed

    May 18, 2017 03:40 pm JST
  • Record number of foreign visitors flock to Japan in April

    TOKYO -- Foreign visitors to Japan topped 2.57 million in April, the highest total for a single month, The Nikkei learned Thursday.The number for April rose 23.9% from a year earlier, due largely to more visitors seeking experience-based tourism, as

    May 18, 2017 03:15 pm JST
  • Japan, South Korea agree to revive 'shuttle diplomacy'

    TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea on Thursday agreed to arrange a summit between their leaders in the near future, as they look to get a handle on the North Korean threat and lingering historical disagreements.Moon Hee-sang, a special envoy from Seoul,

    May 18, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Cold wind from the north blows through Moon's Blue House

    SEOUL When Moon Jae-in took the oath of office in South Korea on May 10, a retired child care worker on the outskirts of Seoul summed up the sentiments of a good portion of the nation."I'm glad our country is now on the right track," said Kim Mi-ock

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's Moon vows to rev up jobs and rein in 'chaebol'

    SEOUL Mr. Kim, a typical South Korean worker, wakes up in an apartment complex built by construction conglomerate GS E&C, drives to the office in a car built by Hyundai Motor and does his work on a Samsung computer and smartphone. On his way home, h

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • How a 'troublemaker' ended up in South Korea's Blue House

    Long before taking on the title of president, Moon Jae-in was called something rather less flattering: Moonjea, Korean for "troublemaker." The nickname, given to him by childhood friends, was perhaps fitting for a boy who had been suspended from sch

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Moon puts South Korea at center of a diplomatic shake-up

    SEOUL/TOKYO In his first days as president, Moon Jae-in has touched on possible changes in South Korea's diplomacy, most notably a softer approach toward North Korea. His counterparts in China, Japan and the U.S. are keeping a close eye on the new l

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump-Moon friction points to watch out for

    The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took only four days for North Korea to test an intermed

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Gordon French: As domestic returns wane, Japanese investors should go south

    If finance was science fiction, Japanese pension funds and insurance companies would be the inhabitants of a planet where the most precious commodity -- return on investment -- has all but disappeared. Now they must leave behind their familiar plane

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST