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Japanese minister slams South Korean group’s plan to erect ‘comfort women’ statue on disputed isles


Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida described as “unacceptable” on Tuesday a plan by a group of South Korean local assembly members to erect a “comfort women” memorial statue on an uninhabited pair of islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) controlled by South Korea but claimed by Japan.

Abe's Asia-Pacific trip fails to make desired impact on S.China Sea issue


​Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may feel let down after his just-concluded Asia-Pacific trip.

Woman in South Korea's influence peddling scandal denies knowing Samsung's 2015 merger plan


The woman at the centre of a corruption scandal engulfing South Korean President Park Geun Hye's administration said on Monday (Jan 16) that she had no prior knowledge of Samsung Group's plans for a controversial 2015 merger of two affiliates.

S.Korea's ex-opposition party head beats ex-UN chief in presidential poll


​Former head of South Korea's biggest opposition party beat former UN chief in recent presidential poll though the latter's return to his home country boosted hopes among conservative voters, a local survey showed on Monday.

S. Korea's ex-opposition party head leads ex-UN chief in opinion poll


A former head of South Korea's biggest opposition party kept a comfortable lead in a presidential opinion poll over former UN chief, who returned back to his home country, a local survey showed on Friday.

Bird flu-plagued South Korea agrees to buy millions of US eggs


South Korea is in the throes of a bird flu outbreak and for the first time has asked the United States to ship it shell eggs.

Cometh the hour, cometh the Ban? Former UN chief returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run


Retired UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon returned to South Korea on Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-hye.

Former UN chief says S. Korea should achieve grand unity


​Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a televised press conference Thursday that South Korea should achieve a grand unity, vowing to devote himself to uniting the country.

Japanese PM leaves for visit to four Asia-Pacific countries


​Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is leaving for a six-day tour to the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia on Thursday.

Japan could have a new emperor in 2019 as nation takes legal steps to allow abdication


Japan is planning for Emperor Akihito to retire and be replaced by his eldest son on January 1, 2019, reports said Wednesday, as the country works on a legal framework for its first abdication in 200 years.