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Japan’s emperor, empress embark on first ever trips to Vietnam, Thailand


Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after the second world war.

S.Korean prosecutors brand Park as suspect for bribery, indict Samsung heir


South Korean special prosecutors on Tuesday branded impeached President Park Geun-hye as a criminal suspect for bribery charge in collusions with her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is at the center of the corruption scandal.

Schoolchildren’s cheers were inappropriate, Japan’s Shinzo Abe says


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday it was inappropriate that a kindergarten in Osaka run by a controversial school operator made children cheer for him during a sports event.

S. Korea formally signs land swap deal with Lotte for THAAD


South Korea's defense ministry on Tuesday signed the land swap deal with Lotte Group for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a ministry official said.

South Korea acting president declines to extend special prosecution probe


South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn will not extend the current special prosecutor's investigation into a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye beyond the Feb. 28 deadline, Hwang's office said on Monday.

Samsung Electronics to strengthen controls for donations amid political scandal


Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it will strengthen controls for financial support made to third-parties, after its vice chairman was arrested in a graft scandal that could topple South Korea's president.

S.Korean residents shout "Stop THAAD" for peace of future generations


Residents living in South Korea's southeast regions, where the U.S. missile shield is set to be deployed, came up to the capital city Seoul on Thursday to rally against the decision to install one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in their hometown.

Japanese man suspected of stabbing 19 patients to death at care home believed he was being targeted by gangsters


The 27-year-old suspect in a deadly stabbing rampage last July at a facility for the mentally disabled told police he sped up his plans for the attack after hearing he was being pursued by a gangster, investigative sources said on Wednesday.

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.