Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Aug 7, 2014

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold informal talks with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum this weekend in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw, government sources said. It is not known whether Kishida ...

New Jersey city unveils 'comfort women' monument

Aug 5, 2014

New Jersey city unveils 'comfort women' monument

Union City in New Jersey on Monday unveiled a monument dedicated to the “comfort women” who were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese soldiers in the wartime. The monument, set up in Liberty Plaza in the city not far from New York, is ...

Aug 4, 2014

South Korea to issue 'comfort women' white paper in 2015

South Korea’s Gender Equality and Family Ministry will issue a white paper on the wartime “comfort women” around the end of 2015 and distribute it worldwide, it said Sunday. In the report, the ministry will refer to documents and studies on Japan’s wartime prostitution ...

| Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Jul 28, 2014

As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia

The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil — Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...