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Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 1, 2017
In meeting with Moon, Trump calls for firm response to North Korea but targets Seoul on trade
President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea on Friday after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at which he stressed the importance of their alliance but took aim at Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defense.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 29, 2017
Trump to press South Korean president on trade imbalance: official
U.S. President Donald Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae-in to improve trade imbalances with the United States during meetings at the White House on Thursday and Friday, a White House official said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 26, 2017
North Korea seeks sanctions relief to team with South in 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games
North Korea appears to be specifying the lifting of sanctions imposed on the rogue state as a condition for the formation of a single, combined team representing the two Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, local media reported Monday.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 25, 2017
Trump's unraveling Korea policy
With every tweet by Donald Trump, Asian officials find it more difficult to believe the U.S. remains committed to their security. Nowhere is that more true than in South Korea.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 23, 2017
Moon calls on Xi to do more to thwart North Korea's nuclear program, voices concern over Japan's defense spending
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday China should do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear program and he would call on President Xi Jinping to lift measures against South Korean companies taken in retaliation against Seoul's decision to host a U.S. anti-missile defense system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 21, 2017
South Korea's Moon issues strongest comments to date on 'comfort women' deal
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview published Tuesday that Japan must "take legal responsibility for its actions" and "make an official apology" in order to resolve a controversy over a deal to tackle the lingering issue of "comfort women."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 20, 2017
U.S. sends bombers to drill with Japan, South Korea as Moon lambastes North over Warmbier death
The U.S. Air Force sent two B-1B strategic bombers stationed on Guam on a wide-ranging flight for joint drills with the Air Self-Defense Force and South Korea's military Tuesday, just hours after the death of a former U.S. detainee in North Korea was announced.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 14, 2017
Japan sounds out China, South Korea about hosting summit in late July
Japan has sounded out China and South Korea about holding a trilateral summit in late July in Tokyo, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 12, 2017
Historical issues should not impede ties with Japan, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told an envoy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the “comfort women” issue shouldn't impact the development of bilateral ties.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jun 11, 2017
South Korea names new defense minister to counter North's missile, nuclear threat
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defense minister, the president's office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea's rapidly developing weapons program.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 31, 2017
South Korea's military intentionally left out THAAD missile launchers in report: Blue House
South Korea's Defense Ministry "intentionally dropped" mentioning that four more launchers had been deployed for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system in a report to President Moon Jae-in's top aides, his office said on Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 31, 2017
South Korean assembly approves Moon's pick for prime minister
South Korea's National Assembly approved President Moon Jae-in's selection of Lee Nak-yon as prime minister Wednesday, backing the former lawmaker and governor of South Jeolla Province to become the first confirmed Cabinet nominee under the new leader.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 31, 2017
LDP heavyweight Nikai looks to visit Seoul in June, meet with Moon
Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is planning to visit South Korea in early June and meet with President Moon Jae-in, an LDP lawmaker said Tuesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 30, 2017
'Shocked' South Korea leader Moon orders probe into extra U.S. THAAD launchers
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after the Defense Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country, his spokesman said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
May 23, 2017
South Korean 'swordsman' leads prosecution against impeached ex-leader Park
A high-flying prosecutor, who was demoted under impeached former president Park Geun-hye, is overseeing the case against her as Park made her first appearance in court on Tuesday to face criminal charges over the corruption scandal that ousted her.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 22, 2017
Big South Korean firms keeping low profile ahead of Moon's reform quest
A South Korean retail giant has shelved controversial expansion plans, while a large bank made hundreds of contract jobs permanent after President Moon Jae-in took office vowing to reform the family-run conglomerates that dominate the economy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 21, 2017
South Korea's Moon names top ministers and security adviser
South Korea President Moon Jae-in named the finance minister, foreign minister and top security adviser for his new government on Sunday as it faces challenges nurturing economic recovery, soothing ties with China and dealing with North Korea.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 20, 2017
Abe looks to hold first meeting with Moon in July or earlier
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eyeing talks with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in in July or earlier to discuss the thorny "comfort women" agreement and three-way cooperation with the United States to address growing threats from North Korea, diplomatic sources said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / View from Osaka
May 20, 2017
For better relations, Tokyo should use Korean residents to open diplomatic channels with new South Korean government
Since the beginning of the year, Japan's official relations with the Korean Peninsula have gone from bad to worse. Not a day goes by without a report about North Korea's latest provocation. Journalists, politicians, and pundits deliberate — one might say "geek out" — over whether the missile just...
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
May 16, 2017
First liberal rule in decade unlikely to bring swift changes to South Korea
South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in promised to seek a parliamentary review of a controversial U.S. anti-missile defense system. If the vote were held today, the deployment would likely be endorsed in the legislative body controlled by conservative and moderate politicians.

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