Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

Jul 7, 2014

Government OKs Inoki's first visit to North since easing of sanctions

The Abe administration sees no problem with the possibility of Upper House lawmaker Antonio Inoki making another visit to North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday after sanctions were partially lifted last week in return for progress on Pyongyang’s second investigation into ...

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

Jul 7, 2014

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

North Korea said Monday it will send an official cheering squad to support its athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea. In a statement, it said the gesture is aimed at promoting reconciliation between the rivals. The games are scheduled from Sept. ...

Jul 4, 2014

Watch progress on abduction issue

The government needs to watch North Korea to ensure that it follows through on a pledge to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents, now that Japan has decided to lift some economic sanctions on the country.

Jul 4, 2014

Japan finalizes decision to ease sanctions on N. Korea

Japan on Friday finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea after assessing Pyongyang’s preparation to tackle the abduction issue as sincere. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet formally approved the decision made a day earlier by him and his ...

Jul 3, 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea, says Abe

Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister said Thursday, as talks on the kidnapping of Japanese nationals are showing signs of progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo judged Pyongyang had shown sufficient willing in resolving the ...