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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to By Donald Kirk, MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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Extensive groundwork for Xi-Abe meeting could prove consequential … or not


Special to By Willy Lam, Beijing has all but confirmed that President Xi Jinping and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have their first-ever tete-a-tete in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

CF-3 Flt 4 Endurance flight

Special to WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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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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