Mar 31, 2015

Japan extends sanctions against N. Korea to 2017

The Abe administration decided Tuesday to extend Japan’s trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years. The decision reflects the lack of progress in North Korea’s reinvestigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s, ...

Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

Mar 30, 2015

Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he helped build. Booms from a 21-gun salute ...