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S.Korea's main opposition party leads opinion polls amid public attention to presidential race

2017-01-20

South Korea's main opposition party led recent opinion poll as public attention is being paid to an early presidential race after President Park Geun-hye was impeached in early December.

S.Korea, U.S., Japan to hold joint maritime drills against DPRK missiles

2017-01-20

​South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold joint maritime drills this week to enhance capability to detect and trail ballistic missiles from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on Friday citing South Korea's navy.

DPRK may be readying missile test, timing unclear: U.S. officials

2017-01-20

The United States has seen indications that North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch in the coming days or weeks, U.S. officials said on Thursday, in what could be an early test of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

DPRK may test-launch ICBM soon: South Korean media

2017-01-19

North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korean media reported on Thursday, citing military sources.

Japan hotel chain under fire for CEO’s book that denies Nanking Massacre

2017-01-19

A Japanese hotel chain is refusing to remove copies of a book, written by its CEO, from rooms despite complaints from guests that it denies the wartime massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops.

South Korea: Court refuses Samsung chief's arrest

2017-01-19

A court in South Korea has refused a request by prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, who has been accused of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.

2 more nuclear reactors in Japan pass checks, safety, public concern still major issues

2017-01-18

​Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) approved an assessment on Wednesday to restart two reactors in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, although public concern remains regarding the safety of the plant if operator Kyushu Electric reboots the reactors.

Top DPRK's diplomats queueing up to leave, says former ambassador to Britain

2017-01-18

More high-level DPRK's diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang’s former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Australian family rescued after night on Japan mountain

2017-01-18

An Australian woman and her three sons have been rescued after spending a freezing night on a mountain in Japan.

Samsung chief Lee arrives for hearing on arrest warrant

2017-01-18

A South Korean judge questioned Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee behind closed doors on Wednesday to decide whether he should be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye.