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  • North Korea may hold military parade on day before Olympics open

    SEOUL -- North Korea appears to be readying a military parade for Feb. 8, a day before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korean People's Army.Yonhap News Agency reported Th

    January 19, 2018 06:12 am JST
  • South Koreans divided over Moon's push for unified Olympic team

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has encountered an unexpected backlash against his effort to ease tensions on the peninsula through the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Pyongyang and Seoul agreed Wednesday to form a combined women

    January 19, 2018 04:56 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances, buoyed by Wall Street gains, China growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as U.S. indexes continued their record run and China's fourth-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.3% to close at 1,495.46.The S&P 500 Index

    January 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Samsung in talks with LG over LCD TV panels

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics said Thursday it was in talks with LG Display to procure liquid crystal display panels for its TVs, the first time that the two South Korean rivals have shown any interest in working with each other.Samsung said that it

    January 18, 2018 08:13 pm JST
  • Mattis told foreign ministers of North Korea war plan: source

    VANCOUVER (Kyodo) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told participants in a 20-nation ministerial meeting on North Korea that the United States has already prepared a war plan for the North in case diplomatic efforts fail, a source from one of the

    January 18, 2018 01:55 pm JST
  • Peter S. Kim

    Moon's chance to tame the chaebol

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in won election last May with a pledge to break the collusive relationship between the government and the chaebol, the country's family-controlled conglomerates. The stage was set for his victory with the impeachment

    January 18, 2018 12:00 pm JST
  • William Pesek: New heads at central banks in Asia-Pacific could shake up 2018

    Asia investors typically scrutinize data, charts and market moves to divine central bank policy direction. This year, add the human factor.At least six central banks in the Asia-Pacific will see their chiefs replaced or reappointed in the months ahe

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Asia makes waves at CES 2018 in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS, U.S. In terms of ambition and sheer numbers, Asian tech companies were a dominant force at this year's CES in Las Vegas, where artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and other cutting-edge technology took center stage.Founded as the

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Ship inspections aim to thwart sanctions-dodging North Korea

    VANCOUVER, Canada/WASHINGTON -- A broad agreement Tuesday to increase inspections of vessels suspected to be smuggling oil to North Korea represents a victory for the hard-line, pressure-oriented approach favored by the U.S. and Japan."We must put a

    January 18, 2018 08:05 am JST
  • North Korea pulling out all the stops on Olympic diplomacy

    SEOUL -- North Korea is embarking on what appears to be tactical maneuvering designed to gain concessions from South Korea, agreeing to a host of cooperative efforts for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, including organizing a joint women's hockey

    January 18, 2018 06:04 am JST
  • Samsung targeting 5G equipment sales in US, Japan and India

    SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics is looking to double its share in the global market for mobile-phone network equipment by boosting sales of its fifth-generation devices in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and India.Samsung was the first in the industry to

    January 18, 2018 05:17 am JST
  • Russia: North Korea summit undermines UN, aggravates situation

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.Twenty nations hosted by the United States and Canada

    January 18, 2018 04:14 am JST
  • Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony,

    January 17, 2018 10:34 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after U.S. equities drop from record highs

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Wednesday, after U.S. equities retreated from record highs overnight and as investors awaited China's fourth-quarter economic data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell less than 0.1% to 1,49

    January 17, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Over 210,000 petition Seoul to leave cryptocurrency market alone

    SEOUL -- Investors in South Korea are calling for the government not to meddle in the markets after its threatening messages on cryptocurrencies caused a crash in the value of bitcoin and other virtual currencies.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 21

    January 17, 2018 08:21 pm JST
  • Moody's warns of ongoing risks on Korean Peninsula despite dialogue

    TOKYO -- Despite tentative signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations recently, Moody's Investors Service reminded investors Wednesday that "nothing has changed" in terms of the fundamental tensions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.The

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • North Korea offers to also send delegation to Paralympics

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Wednesday offered to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Paralympics in South Korea, as the two Koreas held vice ministerial talks regarding the North's plan to join the Winter Olympics."At the talks held in the morn

    January 17, 2018 06:33 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Funerals for the 21st century: Asia's new ways to say goodbye

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- On a recent Saturday afternoon on the roof deck of a small ship in Tokyo Bay, 13 passengers sat in somber silence as the vessel chugged its way to the middle of the inlet. The tortured lyrics of John Lennon's 1970 song "Mother" wa

    January 17, 2018 03:00 pm JST