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Trump, Abe to coordinate N.K. policy at White House meeting

Trump, Abe to coordinate N.K. policy at White House meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will coordinate their next steps to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization when they meet at the White House this week, a senior U.S. government official said Thursday. Abe will be in Washington on Friday for an official working visit, which will include bilateral meetings involving national […]

From Abe to Outer Space, Can Japan’s Military Techno-Nationalism Survive?

From Abe to Outer Space, Can Japan’s Military Techno-Nationalism Survive?

Japan has often been regarded as the forerunner and indeed the very apogee of techno-nationalism in Asia. In the Meiji, Taishō and Shōwa eras, Japan was the first Asian state to industrialize and rise to great-power status, largely due to national policies encouraging importation, indigenization and wielding modern technologies. In the post-Second World War era, […]

Seoul cancels construction permit for new Japanese Embassy building

Seoul cancels construction permit for new Japanese Embassy building

The construction permit for a new Japanese embassy building in central Seoul has been revoked due to construction delays, municipal officials said Wednesday. Seoul’s Jongno Ward Office said it notified the Japanese Embassy on March 4 of the cancellation of the building permit issued in 2015. The revocation came as the Japanese government has delayed […]

Scholar discovers original copies of 1919 Swiss resolution calling for Korean independence

Scholar discovers original copies of 1919 Swiss resolution calling for Korean independence

A South Korean scholar said Wednesday he has discovered the original copies of a resolution adopted at the 1919 International Socialist Conference in the Swiss town of Lucerne that show the Korean provisional government’s diplomatic efforts to call for Korean independence from Japan. Although the resolution itself has been known to Korean scholars due to […]

N. Korea to focus on securing Tokyo Olympic spots: sports minister

N. Korea to focus on securing Tokyo Olympic spots: sports minister

North Korea will concentrate all its forces on securing 2020 Tokyo Olympic spots this year, a pro-North Korea newspaper in Japan reported Friday, citing Pyongyang’s sports minister. The Chosun Sinbo said that North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il-guk unveiled the communist state’s 2019 objectives in sports at its National Olympic Committee meeting in Pyongyang on […]

China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China and Japan appear to be trying to step up their military presence around the Korean Peninsula amid a debate between South Korea and the United States over defense cost-sharing. Diplomatic and security sources say Beijing and Tokyo are preparing for a possible realignment of U.S. troops in South Korea and a reduced U.S. military […]

Egypt & Japan: A Historical Bridge for Education

Egypt & Japan: A Historical Bridge for Education

Whenever education history in Egypt is researched, there will be a common story to compare the Japanese educational progress opposite the Egyptian educational failure. This comparison is not only done by Egyptian researchers, but it is practiced in Japan, as well. The lectures given by Professor Masanori Kaji, from Tokyo Institute of Technology, introduced the history […]

Naver, Kakao fleeing to Japan for new businesses

Naver, Kakao fleeing to Japan for new businesses

Naver and Kakao are fleeing to Japan and other countries to start new businesses because of growing regulatory risks here amid conflicts with existing players, industry officials said Monday. The moves reflect the latest trend that not only manufacturing but also services companies are increasingly leaving Asia’s fourth largest economy to seek new opportunities abroad. […]

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

An ongoing military spat between Seoul and Tokyo is casting a shadow on bilateral exchanges. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is likely cancel the planned dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer to Busan for a joint maritime exercise in April. Japan planned to deploy the MSDFS Izumo to take part in the ASEAN plus […]

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Sound and Fury: Does Abe’s Constitutional Revision Really Matter?

Much attention has been paid recently to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to revise the country’s constitution in what would be the first and only change since it was adopted in 1947. The focus especially has been on his intent to change Article 9, which prohibits the country from engaging in war and maintaining […]

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