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New arms-exporter Japan finds receptive market among ASEAN nations

Japanese patrol vessels are loaded at the port of Yokohama for delivery to Indonesia.

Special to Japan and the ten ASEAN member states have agreed to hold talks in late September to discuss how to enhance the security relations. The talks are expected to focus on how Japan could expedite arms sales […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Seoul: Tokyo-Pyongyang breakthrough could undermine sanctions against N. Korea’s WMD program

North Korean chief delegate Song Il-Ho, left, and his Japanese counterpart Junichi Ihara arrive for talks in Stockholm, Sweden.  /AP

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — The recent North Korean-Japanese agreement could undermine the U.S.-led international sanction regime aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile activities, government sources and analysts here say. Under a surprise accord announced May 29, […]

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Japan protests dangerously ‘close encounter’ with Chinese fighter jets

Chinese Su-27.

Special to China appears to have staged a remarkable replay of the May 2001 EP-3 incident in which a Chinese supersonic fighter jet provocatively approached and caused a collision with a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane. A Chinese air […]

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Trilateral this, trilateral that but in Northeast Asia, three’s a crowd

The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat is in Seoul. Above is the Gangnam section of the South Korean capital.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The word “trilateral” has a certain allure among those in search of ways to pull disparate nations or regions together. A group of three might cooperate while a group of two […]

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Molding young minds about peace and things ‘rightly Japanese’

Japanese students from Niigata High School visiting Charmant High School in Morris Plains, NJ, in March 2013.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The Japanese don’t take kindly to people telling them what they should and shouldn’t teach. “As a sovereign nation, any country should be responsible for what to teach and how to teach it,” […]

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All indicators point to heightened Japan-China tensions during the Year of the Horse

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Special to By Willy Lam, Diplomatic tension between China and Japan is set to escalate to new heights during the Year of the Horse. July 25 marks the 120th anniversary of the start of the first Sino-Japanese War […]

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Dueling state visit tours by China, Japan target Africa’s 54 nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Jan 6. /Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Special to By Willy Lam, Vicious competition between Asia’s two most powerful countries has spread to Africa, where China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are trying to woo the continent of 54 nations. […]

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Turkey counters Japanese media reports on uranium enrichment option

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) talks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a banquet hosted by Abe at the state guest house in Tokyo on Jan. 7. /Reuters/Kimimasa Mayama

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Special to ANKARA — Turkey has ruled out the prospect of enriching uranium as part of its nuclear program. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan would not develop uranium enrichment capability. The officials said Erdogan, accompanied […]

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Beijing preparing to declare economic war on Japan’s Prime Minister Abe

A Shinto priest leads Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he visits the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26.  /AFP/Toru Yamanaka

Special to By Willy Lam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the Chinese leadership a much-appreciated Christmas present when he unexpectedly paid a formal visit to the Yasukuni Shrine — where 14 Class-A WWII criminals are honored — […]

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