Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (right) fights against Japanese pro-wrestler Antonio Inoki during a mixed martial arts match in Tokyo. File photo: Kyodo/Reuters
Inoki, Japanese wrestler-turned-lawmaker who took on boxing icon Ali, dies

The legendary wrestler had a mixed martial arts match with Ali in 1976, dubbed as ‘the bout of the century’.

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North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles in latest provocation

The short-range missiles fired from the Sunan into the East Sea were the fourth round of weapons launches this week.

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Wave goodbye to fax machines, says Japanese minister, and embrace change

Taro Kono wants workplaces to embrace more online services and a society where people suggest improvements and take action; he has declared war on ‘boomer-era’ technology.

30 Sep 2022 - 9:52PM
Japan rejects visa for US man in same-sex marriage

Andrew High married Kohei, his Japanese partner of 18 years, in 2015, and has applied unsuccessfully for a Japanese long-term visa five times since 2018.

30 Sep 2022 - 7:52PM
Korea’s kimchi crisis mounts amid cabbage shortage, flood of Chinese imports

At 9,900 square metres each, the US$40 million facilities in Goesan and Haenam will be able to store 10,000 tonnes of cabbages.

30 Sep 2022 - 10:56AM


US Vice President Kamala Harris left Seoul, South Korea, just hours before more missiles were launched by North Korea. Photo: EPA-EFE
North Korea fires missiles on day Kamala Harris leaves South Korea

Hours after US Vice-President Kamala Harris flew home from a visit to S Korea, another 2 missiles were fired 9 minutes apart from an area near the city of Sunchon.

29 Sep 2022 - 10:51PM
US VP Harris ends Asia trip with DMZ visit, slams North Korean missile tests

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, while Harris was in Japan, and had fired one before she left Washington on Sunday.

29 Sep 2022 - 4:01PM
Japan and China mark 50 years of formal ties amid deepening ‘trust deficit’

Mutual distrust has reached a point where virtually every move is assumed to be in bad faith and to pose some form of threat, observers note.

29 Sep 2022 - 9:01AM
N Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles day before US VP Kamala Harris trip

It’s the second missile fired this week and comes two days after S Korea and US forces began military exercises in waters off the east coast and the eve of US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ planned visit.

28 Sep 2022 - 6:17PM
Japan claims 27th Chinese intrusion of year near East China Sea islets

Japan’s coastguard said patrol vessels ordered three Chinese ships to immediately exit the waters near the Diaoyu Islands, which Tokyo administers and calls the Senkakus, early on Wednesday morning.

28 Sep 2022 - 4:16PM
Imperial Japan’s little-known university for occupied lands’ elite students

Students from Japan, China, Korea, the Soviet Union and Mongolia studied at Kenkoku University under the banner of ‘the harmony of five ethnicities’, even as imperial Japanese troops brutalised much of the region.

28 Sep 2022 - 1:21PM
US vice-president set to visit Seoul with China, North Korea on her mind

Experts say Harris will want to focus on handling an assertive Beijing and her nation’s commitments to South Korea if there is more nuclear testing by Pyongyang.

28 Sep 2022 - 10:56AM
28,500 reasons South Korea might be dragged into a conflict over Taiwan

President Yoon Suk-yeol refused to be drawn on whether South Korea would help the US in the event of a conflict over Taiwan. But the tens of thousands of US troops it hosts may mean it has little choice.

28 Sep 2022 - 10:55AM
Abe’s funeral unpopular in Japan but may deepen regional ties: analysts

The former PM wasn’t well-liked at home and the US$11.5 million send-off has sparked public anger, but many foreign leaders attended his state funeral.

28 Sep 2022 - 4:19AM
Hunt on for South Korea’s Do Kwon as Terraform collapse rocks crypto confidence

Interpol red notice out for Kwon, who faces various charges of violating capital markets after US$60 billion of tokens wiped out.

27 Sep 2022 - 1:09PM
Just do it: Japanese parents run from tradition to choose baby names like ‘Nike’

The shift from long-standing naming conventions may be one of a number of leading indicators of broader change in other areas of Japanese society.

27 Sep 2022 - 12:30PM
Russia expels Japanese diplomat ‘detained red-handed’ for alleged spying

Russia’s security service said Motoki Tatsunori paid for classified information and was also seeking to learn about the impact of Western sanctions.

27 Sep 2022 - 12:06PM
Explainer | What Covid travel curbs remain in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong?

A number of destinations across Asia are looking to welcome tourists after a lengthy period of border restrictions.

29 Sep 2022 - 9:18AM
US-Japan alliance is ‘a cornerstone’, Kamala Harris says

The US Vice-President is in Tokyo to attend the funeral of former Japanese president Shinzo Abe who forged closer ties with the US at a time of increased concern about China’s ambitions.

26 Sep 2022 - 6:16PM
‘Reports differ from the facts’: South Korea’s Yoon scolds media over hot mic

President Yoon Suk-yeol on Monday accused South Korea’s media of damaging the country’s alliance with the United States, after a domestic broadcaster released footage suggesting he had insulted US Congress members.

26 Sep 2022 - 4:15PM