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Forget Mario and sushi, Japan turns to ninjas to help woo more tourists


Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

S.Korea freezes interest rates at record low on mixed signals


South Korea's central bank on Thursday froze its benchmark interest rate at a record-low level amid mixed signals at home and abroad, including recovering exports and slumping consumption.

Pyongyang claims death of DPRK citizen "conspiratorial racket" by S. Korea


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday said the death of a DPRK citizen at Kuala Lumpur last week was an "anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket" launched by South Korea.

DPRK embassy demands release of suspects in connection with its citizen's death


The embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday demanded Malaysian authorities to release three suspects still held in connection with the death of its citizen.

Japanese university begins training ‘white-hat’ hackers to probe cybersecurity weaknesses


“White-hat” hackers who spot a security vulnerability in a computer system or network may be one of the most sought after professions in Japan today with technology firms struggling with increasing threats of cyberattacks.

Japan zoo kills 57 snow monkeys due to 'alien genes'


A zoo in northern Japan has culled 57 of its snow monkeys by lethal injection after discovering they carried the genes of an "invasive alien species".

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030


South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests.

3 held in Kim Jong-nam's death


A senior Malaysian police official said on Thursday that a third suspect has been arrested by police in the death of a man from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea drives US, Japan and South Korea closer


The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to closely coordinate in dealing with North Korea’s test-firing Sunday of a ballistic missile in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrested in South Korea


Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been placed under arrest in South Korea, accused of bribery and other charges.