Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

Jul 4, 2014

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

The United States offered a tacit approval Thursday to Tokyo’s easing of some sanctions on North Korea, saying it can “understand” Japan’s efforts to resolve abductions of its nationals. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on ...

May 31, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.

May 31, 2014

Kim Jong Il ordered improved ties

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011, issued an order in July 2007 to seek improved relations with Japan, and the instruction was conveyed in 2012 to a key official in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government, a diplomatic ...

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

May 17, 2014

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

Photographs have emerged of a building where four leftist Red Army Faction extremists who hijacked a Japan Airlines airplane and defected to North Korea in 1970 are living. The apartment block is located in a village in an upland forested area about 40 minutes ...

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

Mar 31, 2014

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

North Korea appears open to restarting discussions on the abduction issue, a senior Japanese official said after two days of talks with North Korean officials in Beijing. They “did not appear to reject discussions” on the issue, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian ...

Mar 24, 2014

The abduction drama game

by Gregory Clark

Clearly there are people in Japan who do not want any rapprochement with Pyongyang — who are using the abduction drama to continue the image of a Japan threatened by enemies and needing strong military forces for defense.

North Koreans cast votes, but government decides for whom

Mar 9, 2014

North Koreans cast votes, but government decides for whom

North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve a new national legislature. The vote for the Supreme People’s Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un. The last elections were held in March 2009, when ...

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Feb 2, 2014

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman offered Friday to take the place of an imprisoned U.S. missionary in North Korea, as he spoke publicly for the first time from a rehab facility. Rodman, 52, appeared on CNN television’s “New Day” program less than a month ...