Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

National Nov 15, 2013

Korean teen wins Japanese speech contest

A South Korean high school student has won the top award in a Japanese-language speech contest in Okayama. Kim Nae-yong, 17, defeated 11 other foreign contestants Friday with a speech in which she expressed her desire to "act as a bridge between South Korea and ...

Aso vows 'drastic' action on deflation

Business / Economy Mar 1, 2013

Aso vows 'drastic' action on deflation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration will take "drastic" measures to revitalize the economy, Finance Minister Taro Aso pledged Thursday, suggesting that previous policies had been insufficient to beat back more than a decade of deflation. "Deflation is a deep-rooted problem that has undermined the Japanese ...

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

National / Politics Mar 1, 2013

Kishida at Diet vows to safeguard nation

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday to protect Japanese territory and called on China to refrain from escalating tensions over the Senkaku Islands. In his first foreign policy address to the Diet, Kishida said there is no territorial issue to be resolved concerning the Japanese-administered ...