Mar 31, 2015

Local politics matter

Races for this year’s nationwide series of local elections kicked off with the start of official campaigns last week for gubernatorial elections in 10 prefectures on April 12 — the same day that local assembly seats in 41 prefectures and 22 major cities will ...

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Mar 30, 2015

Fukuda meets with China's Xi

Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, along with other board members of the China-led regional economic forum. Xi stressed Beijing’s intention to place great value on friendship and ...

Mar 27, 2015

Japan reacts calmly to South Korean decision to join China-led AIIB

Japanese government officials reacted calmly to South Korea’s decision to join the planned Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The South Korean decision on Thursday “is not surprising,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. A high-ranking government official noted that Japan’s stance toward the AIIB ...

Mar 27, 2015

Why Chinese tourists love Japan

by Adam Minter

Despite the apparent ill will that Beijing, and occasionally the Chinese public, express toward Tokyo, Chinese tourists can't seem to get enough of Japan. In 2014, Chinese visits to Japan increased 83 percent on the previous year.

Mar 26, 2015

New tool to foretell risk of heart attack, stroke

Over the age of 40? Want to know your risk of suffering a fatal heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years? Read on. A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled Thursday, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, ...

Mar 26, 2015

China denies seeking veto power in new multilateral bank

China has not sought veto power over a new multilateral bank, a top finance ministry official said Wednesday, after a report Beijing enticed major European countries to join by offering to give up control over decisions. Britain, Germany, France and Italy have in the ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, ...

Mar 25, 2015

Abe may attend Lee funeral in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering attending the state funeral Sunday for former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, government sources said. Abe will make a final decision while examining his Diet schedule and coordinating with the government of Singapore, the sources said. Abe ...