Aug 21, 2014

Japan logs record 1.27 million foreign visitors in July

About 1.27 million foreigners came to Japan in July, surging 26.6 percent from a year ago and the highest figure ever for a single month, government data show. The 7.53 million visitors received in the first seven months of the year also constitute a ...

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Aug 18, 2014

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans — from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided ...

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Aug 17, 2014

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Pope Francis’ appeal in South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism might be a hard sell in the newly rich and hypercompetitive country. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked there to the hard work, ...

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Aug 14, 2014

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul’s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour ...