Japan's Amano to return as IAEA chief unopposed

Jan 4, 2017

Japan's Amano to return as IAEA chief unopposed

Japan’s Yukiya Amano is set to be re-elected unopposed as head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. With no opposition apparently being voiced against his re-election, the 69-year-old Japanese is expected to stay on as the director-general of the International ...

North Korea's claim of ICBM test plausible, experts say

Jan 4, 2017

North Korea's claim of ICBM test plausible, experts say

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North Korea has been working through 2016 on developing components for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), making the isolated nation’s claim that it was close to a test-launch plausible, international weapons experts said on Monday. North Korea has been testing rocket engines and heat-shields ...

The top overseas news stories of 2016

Dec 29, 2016

The top overseas news stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these world news stories as the most important of 2016. 1. The rise of Donald Trump: On Nov. 8, Republican Party candidate Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election. The 70-year-old was seen as a long shot at the ...

Dec 22, 2016

Cabinet signs off on larger ¥5.13 trillion draft defense budget

The Cabinet approved a fatter defense budget for the fifth consecutive year Thursday to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats and China’s increasingly assertive maritime activities. The ¥5.13 trillion draft budget for fiscal 2017 is 1.4 percent higher than last year and covers a ...

Dec 21, 2016

U.S. tightens sanctions against North Korea's U.N. diplomats

The U.S. Treasury Department tightened sanctions against North Korean diplomats to the United Nations, requiring banks to get special permission before granting them accounts, the agency said in a notice posted online Tuesday. The United States removed an exemption in the broad economic sanctions ...