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N Korea fires barrage of missiles toward eastern waters


North Korea on Thursday fired a barrage of ballistic missiles toward its eastern sea, according to South Korea’s military, days after its attempt to launch a military reconnaissance satellite ended in failure but still drew strong condemnation from its rivals. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the… Read


China, Japan agree to restart ruling party talks after six-year hiatus


China and Japan have agreed to resume regular talks between their ruling parties for the first time in six years, officials from Japan's coalition government said on Wednesday. Ties between Asia's top two economies have been strained by issues including Japan's concerns about China's maritime activities in the East and… Read


Kishida, new U.S. command chief vow to achieve regional stability


Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the new chief of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on Wednesday affirmed their countries' commitment to peace and stability for the region and the international community. During his first talks with U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo at the prime minister's office, Kishida vowed to cooperate… Read


Philippines, Japan to seal defense deal at 2-plus-2 meeting in July

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Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro says that there is a "very strong possibility" for his country and Japan to sign an agreement allowing their defense forces to train in each other's territories during a meeting involving the two nations' foreign and defense ministers in July. In an interview with Kyodo… Read


Asia security may be at risk if Japan-S Korea ties sour again


While relations between Japan and South Korea have been improving for years, concerns have also been mounting that bilateral ties might worsen again in the future, casting a shadow over the security environment in East Asia. Recently, Japan and South Korea have been bolstering security relations with the United States,… Read


N Korean rocket carrying its 2nd spy satellite explodes in mid-air


A rocket launched by North Korea to deploy the country's second spy satellite exploded shortly after liftoff Monday, state media reported, in a setback for leader Kim Jong Un's hopes to field satellites to monitor the U.S. and South Korea. Monday’s failed launch came hours after leaders of South Korea, China and… Read


N Korea condemns denuclearization discussion at S Korea-Japan-China summit


North Korea condemned China, Japan and South Korea on Monday for committing to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, describing their joint declaration after a rare summit in Seoul as a "grave political provocation" that violates its sovereignty. The North has given notice of its plans to launch a rocket by June… Read


High-profile opposition figure Renho to run for Tokyo governor


High-profile opposition lawmaker Renho said Monday she will run in Tokyo's gubernatorial election in July, setting the stage for a likely showdown with incumbent Yuriko Koike, who is seeking reelection for her third term. The bid to run for governor by the 56-year-old House of Councillors member, who belongs to… Read


S Korea, China, Japan vow to ramp up cooperation in rare summit


Top leaders from South Korea, China and Japan discussed regional stability in their first meeting in five years on Monday, as they vowed to ramp up three-way cooperation. The summit brought together South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul… Read


Japan, S Korea to work together on tackling global issues


Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Sunday to make efforts to further develop relations with South Korea ahead of the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties next year during his talks with President Yoon Suk Yeol. At their 10th in-person summit, the two leaders also agreed to work… Read

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