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Peace in Asia Pacific needs constructive contributor, not trouble maker


​ In a bid to enhance his chummy ties with Rodrigo Duterte, president of a country who currently holds the rotating chair of ASEAN and a drifting-away U.S. ally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday started a trip to the Philippines with an aid package of 8.66 billion U.S. dollars.

Samsung boss questioned in South Korea corruption probe


Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong is being questioned at the prosecutor's office in Seoul as a suspect in South Korea's biggest political corruption scandal.

Think 70 is old? Not in Japan


Not long ago seen as the “twilight years”, 65 to 75 is the new “semi-elderly”, according to ageing experts in Japan.

Ban Ki-moon's brother and nephew charged with bribery


Prosecutors have charged relatives of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with conspiracy to bribe a government official.

Japanese PM to visit Australia amid uncertainty of U.S. presence in Asia


​ Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a business delegation will visit Australia on Saturday amid unease over future U.S. presence in Asia.

S Korean monk dies after sex slave self-immolation protest


A Buddhist monk in South Korea has died after setting himself on fire in protest over a 2015 deal struck with Japan on wartime sex slaves.

South Korea’s ‘Rasputin’ Choi now charged with bribery


South Korean special prosecutors team have filed fresh charges including bribery against a close friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, the central figure in a political scandal that has engulfed the country, the team said on Monday.

South Korean protestors demand President Park’s immediate removal, Sewol ferry salvage


Hundreds of thousands of protestors returned to the streets of Seoul on Saturday, demanding impeached President Park Geun-hye’s immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead.

Japan envoy returns home in South Korea 'comfort woman' row


Japan's ambassador to South Korea returned to Tokyo on Monday (Jan 9), reiterating its frustration over a statue of a "comfort woman" which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery.

Kim Jong-un’s birthday proves to be a low-key affair in DPRK


DPRK marked Kim Jong-un’s birthday on Sunday in a decidedly low-key manner.