The top overseas news stories of 2016

Dec 29, 2016

The top overseas news stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these world news stories as the most important of 2016. 1. The rise of Donald Trump: On Nov. 8, Republican Party candidate Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election. The 70-year-old was seen as a long shot at the ...

Dec 22, 2016

Cabinet signs off on larger ¥5.13 trillion draft defense budget

The Cabinet approved a fatter defense budget for the fifth consecutive year Thursday to respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats and China’s increasingly assertive maritime activities. The ¥5.13 trillion draft budget for fiscal 2017 is 1.4 percent higher than last year and covers a ...

Dec 21, 2016

U.S. tightens sanctions against North Korea's U.N. diplomats

The U.S. Treasury Department tightened sanctions against North Korean diplomats to the United Nations, requiring banks to get special permission before granting them accounts, the agency said in a notice posted online Tuesday. The United States removed an exemption in the broad economic sanctions ...

Dec 19, 2016

North Korean defector vows to expose 'gruesome' reality

Top-ranking North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho, whose recent defection was a major propaganda coup for the South, vowed Monday to devote himself to exposing the cruelties of the Pyongyang regime and encouraging others to escape. South Korean lawmakers who met with Thae in ...