| Apr 12, 2017

North Korea quietly reforming economy but denies change

On the side streets of Pyongyang, small traders sell vegetables from impromptu stalls. At markets, vendors offer imported household goods — even Coca-Cola — and in state-owned department stores hard currency is openly exchanged at black-market rates. Officially, North Korea denies it is reforming ...

When America joined WWI and became a global power

Apr 2, 2017

When America joined WWI and became a global power

When America entered World War I, a century ago this week, the European powers were bogged down in a grinding trench war that had killed millions and ravaged the European continent. Swinging its industrial might and vast manpower behind France and Britain against Germany ...

Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Mar 11, 2017

Just 22% of new seawalls are finished in areas hit by 2011 tsunami

Only a fifth of the planned seawalls have been constructed in northeastern areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyodo News survey has found. The survey, conducted in January and February, asked prefectural, municipal and central governments about the status of ...