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DPRK supreme leader supervises ballistic rockets launch drills


Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has supervised a ballistic rocket launching drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on spot, said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Tuesday.

S. Korean merchants worry about falling profits after THAAD decision


South Korean business people in downtown Seoul, where Chinese tourists once packed the streets before the decision to deploy a U.S. missile shield in their homeland, complained about falling profits as a result of fewer Chinese customers.

Japanese emperor pays respects to Thailand’s late king, perhaps hoping to curtail Chinese influence


Japanese Emperor Akihito paid his respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Sunday, arriving in Bangkok following a weeklong trip to Vietnam aimed at winning support against Chinese expansionism.

No survivors after Japanese government rescue helicopter crashes in mountainous Nagano


There appear to be no survivors among the nine members of a rescue squad whose helicopter crashed on a drill over the weekend after police said on Monday that the final six bodies recovered showed no signs of life.

DPRK test-fires 4 ballistic missiles into east waters


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) test-fired four ballistic missiles into east waters early Monday as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their joint military exercises last week, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea said.

Dolphin activists stand against new aquarium in South Korea


In the wake of the death of a bottlenose dolphin in the South Korean city of Ulsan, Busan’s brand-new aquarium project is drawing criticism from animal rights activists.

Servitude in disguise: Japan uses trainee program to exploit foreign workers


​Fang, a 36-year old Chinese woman, came to Japan a year ago on the promise of job training, decent pay and a chance to achieve a better life back home.

South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills amid THAAD missile tensions with Beijing


South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual, massive military exercises on Wednesday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his troops to prepare for a “merciless strike” against the enemy forces.

South Korea closes biggest dog meat market ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics


The shutters have started coming down at South Korea’s biggest dog meat market as the country seeks to head off international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption before it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong to be indicted on bribery charges


Samsung's heir apparent Lee Jae-yong has been formally indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement.