Sep 12, 2014

Obama unveils new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States would intensify sanctions in the defense, finance and energy sectors to punish Russia over its “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The move was coordinated with the European Union, which earlier also agreed to slap a new ...

Sep 7, 2014

Group linked to late LDP heavyweight Kanemaru visits Pyongyang

A group related to the late Shin Kanemaru arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday ahead of the 100th anniversary of the influential politician’s birthday on Sept. 17. “Our trip is mainly sightseeing, and we have no political intention,” his son Yasunobu Kanemaru said at a ...

Sep 5, 2014

Chongryon leader departs for North Korea

Ho Jong Man, chairman of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon), left Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport for North Korea on Friday. Ho’s visit to the North is his first since the government in 2006 banned Chongryon executives from re-entering Japan ...

Sep 4, 2014

Putin hails Soviet victory over Japan in courting Mongolia

Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Imperial Japanese Army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator on Wednesday, despite a risk of upsetting Tokyo. Putin’s reference to the battles of Khalkhin Gol could ...

Aug 8, 2014

Japan spared from Russia's retaliatory import curbs

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Thursday retaliatory food import bans for countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but Japan was not on the list. Japan has introduced a number of sanctions, including a ban on wine from ...

Aug 6, 2014

EU airline shares dive on report of possible Russian airspace ban

Shares in European airlines fell Tuesday on a report that Russia is considering cutting off the country’s airspace for European flights to Asia, a move that would force long and costly detours. A report published by the Russian business paper Vedomosti quotes anonymous Russian ...