May 22, 2012

Instant noodles praised by makers as disaster item

Noodle makers around the world underscored at a meeting in Tianjin, China, recently the strategic importance their products play during natural disasters and other crises, including the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Not only are instant noodles cheap, tasty, storable and easy to cook, ...

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

| Apr 21, 2012

North sees Japanese wives as leverage

North Korea appears to be considering using home visits by Japanese women who moved to the isolated state with their Korean husbands in a 1959-1984 repatriation project as leverage to improve relations with Tokyo. North Korea’s official media ran notes by Mitsuko Minakawa, one ...

North's planned rocket launch pits Japan, South Korea against China

Apr 7, 2012

North's planned rocket launch pits Japan, South Korea against China

Rising tensions over North Korea’s planned rocket launch next week are expected to dominate the agenda when Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba meets with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts Sunday in China. Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul likely will agree to continue calling on Pyongyang ...

North urges Noda to take action to improve ties

Sep 2, 2011

North urges Noda to take action to improve ties

The North Korean official in charge of dealing with Japan has urged incoming Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to work to improve bilateral relations, which he said are at their “worst” level because of Tokyo’s sanctions on the North. “If Noda’s new government works toward ...

Kobe quake memory stirs envoy's wife into action

May 27, 2011

Kobe quake memory stirs envoy's wife into action

Kosei Murata, the wife of the Belgian ambassador to China, was a junior journalist based in Japan when the Great Hanshin Earthquake slammed the Kobe area in January 1995. With that memory in mind, she immediately felt compelled to help victims of the March ...

Jan 21, 2011

Economic rise spells flexed muscle

BEIJING — China’s ascension as the world’s second-largest economy last year underlines its rise as a major global economic power and potentially a confident, more assertive political power. China’s economy grew a faster than expected 10.3 percent in 2010 from a year earlier, government ...

Nov 15, 2010

Kan-Hu talks spurred by U.S. clout, shift in anti-Japan protests

YOKOHAMA — Chinese President Hu Jintao’s acceptance of a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Naoto Kan apparently reflects Beijing’s desire to assuage anti-Japan feelings in the country and curb increased U.S. involvement in regional affairs, in particular in the East China Sea and the ...

| Nov 4, 2010

Rumored China-Russia tieup testing DPJ's ability

BEIJING — As a fresh diplomatic tiff brews with Russia over President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the disputed islands off Hokkaido, Beijing appears to continue playing hardball with Tokyo over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. “Japan is unable to afford having ...