Mar 2, 2015

North Korea fires two missiles toward Sea of Japan, Seoul reports

North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation Monday as the U.S. and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on ...

Yellen reiterates patience is still the watchword for the Fed

Feb 25, 2015

Yellen reiterates patience is still the watchword for the Fed

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Tuesday the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but that for now the Fed will remain patient about raising interest rates because the job market is still healing and inflation is too low. In her semiannual economic report ...

Feb 24, 2015

LED traffic lights just too cool for snowy Japan

Energy-saving LED traffic lights seemed like a cool way to cut back on electricity costs, but police are saying they might just be too cool — because they don’t melt snow. Light-emitting diodes account for around 45 percent of all stop-and-go signals in Japan ...

Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan at age 34

Feb 24, 2015

Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina dies in Pakistan at age 34

Maria Golovnina, Reuters bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan who was widely loved and admired for her courage, compassion and professionalism, died in Islamabad on Monday. Golovnina, 34, was found collapsed and unconscious in the bureau and was rushed to a hospital, but medical ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan to set up consular office in northern Iraq

The Abe administration is preparing to establish a consulate in northern Iraq in a bid to improve the government’s ability to protect Japanese nationals and counter terrorism through enhanced information gathering. The office will be set up in Irbil, the largest city and capital ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...

Feb 20, 2015

Japanese support for the AEC

Japan should throw its support behind the regional plan to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by yearend, thus creating a single market and production base of more than 600 million people.