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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan, North Korea talks extended

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 09:47am by Associated Press in Beijing

    ... Associated Press in Beijing The first government-to-government talks between Japan and North Korea in four years have been extended for a day in a sign that the sides hope for progress ... included on any agenda for future talks. North Korea has admitted abducting 13 Japanese nationals and using them to train spies. It pledged in the 2008 talks to reinvestigate the abductions, ...

  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Talks with North Korea on abductions would anger Japan's allies

    Posted May 22nd 2013, 01:07pm by Associated Press in Tokyo

    ... Associated Press in Tokyo Tokyo is looking into reopening official talks with North Korea to resolve questions over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, raising concerns among ... with North Korea were possible if they would lead to a breakthrough on the abductions. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated he is open to holding a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ...

  3. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Japanese envoy's secret Pyongyang trip more worrying than missile launches

    Posted May 18th 2013, 05:06pm by AGENCIES AND STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Agencies and Stephen Chen Missile tests by Pyongyang appear overshadowed by the unannounced trip to North Korea by an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Launches follow Japan overture The launch of three missiles yesterday by Pyongyang comes at a time when a small crack seems to have appeared in the international show of unity against North Korea's development of nuclear ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Tokyo accused of blocking deal for North Korean 'embassy'

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Ikeguchi said he hoped that by permitting Chongryon to remain in the property, which acts as North Korea's unofficial embassy in the absence of formal diplomatic links, it would "promote harmony among Asia's different ethnic groups, including North Korea". Announcing he had been unable to raise the funds, Ikeguchi said: "It is extremely regrettable. I wish to offer ...

  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan puts anti-North Korean missiles in Tokyo

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 10:48am by AFP

    ... in the greater Tokyo area. “The government is making utmost efforts to protect our people’s lives and ensure their safety,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Tuesday morning. “As North Korea keeps ... Korea’s bellicose rhetoric has reached fever pitch in recent weeks, with near-daily threats of attacks on US military bases including in Japan and South Korea in response to ongoing South Korea ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to move Patriot missiles to Okinawa

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 07:35pm by AFP

    ... over North Korea’s missile threat. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said his ministry would station Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) systems at two military bases in the southern Japanese ... and property against ballistic missiles,” Onodera told a news conference. The move came as the country remains on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea. South Korean ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    US urged to sanction China over North Korea arms

    Posted May 18th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo US urged to sanction China over North Korea arms A human rights activist in Japan has written to 178 US senators and congressmen urging them to impose sanctions on three Chinese companies that were allegedly involved in assisting North Korea obtain weapons systems, in violation of UN sanctions. Ken Kato, director of Tokyo-based Human Rights in Asia, ...

  8. News - Asia

    Briefs, November 17, 2012

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 11:37pm by Staff and Agencies

    ... Aung San Suu Kyi returns to alma mater NEW DELHI – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she felt like she was “coming home” during an emotional visit to her old New Delhi college where she studied five decades ago. Students and faculty at the p ...

  9. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    US 'fully committed' to defend Japan against North Korea

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 01:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo US Secretary of State John Kerry told Japan on Sunday the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats, after securing a commitment from China ... to be united and make North Korea realise that their provocative acts do not bring any benefit to North Korea,” Abe said, according to national broadcaster NHK. “Japan wants to co-ordinate ...

  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan to launch satellite to spy on North Korea

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 04:51pm by AFP

    ... in December flew over the southern Okinawa island chain, jangling nerves in Japan. North Korea insists its December 12 rocket launch was a peaceful, scientific mission aimed at putting a satellite ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan plans to launch a new spy satellite on Sunday to strengthen its monitoring capabilities amid concern that North Korea may carry out more missile ...




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