Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Abe, South Korea’s Park speak briefly at Lee’s state funeral
SEOUL--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held a brief conversation on the sidelines of the March 29 state funeral for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, who died earlier this month.
A man watches a TV screen reporting about South Korean Kim Kuk-gi, left, and Choe Chun-gil detained in North Korea at the Seoul Railway Station on March 27. (AP Photo)
S. Korea demands release of two men accused by N. Korea of espionage
SEOUL--South Korea demanded the immediate release on March 27 of two of its citizens being held in North Korea on accusations spying.
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former prime ministers of Japan, S. Korea form group to improve relations
Political heavyweights and business leaders from Japan and South Korea, including former prime ministers, have formed a working group to help mend ties between the two nations.
From left, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, Fumio Kishida and Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Top Japan, S. Korea and China envoys discuss regional bank, N. Korea
The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China met on March 21 for the first time in three years, to try and improve frosty ties and restore a regular three-way summit of their leaders, stalled because of tension over history and territory.
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UN investigator: Pressure North Korea on hundreds of abductions of foreigners
UNITED NATIONS--The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea said March 16 that the closed-off country must be held to account for the hundreds of people it's accused of abducting from Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in recent decades.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during a symposium of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations at the U.N. University in Tokyo on March 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
U.N. chief urges Japan, China, South Korea to reconcile
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea on March 16 to work harder for reconciliation over their wartime past to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo, left, and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Japanese, S. Korean heavyweights to meet in effort to improve ties
SEOUL--A former prime minister and other senior leaders of South Korea will visit Japan on March 22 for talks with their Japanese counterparts to help mend strained ties, sources here said.
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed place in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says
SEOUL--North Korea has test fired seven short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean officials said March 13, in the latest such tests launched during ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills.
From left, Shinsuke Sugiyama, a deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lee Kyung-soo, a South Korean deputy minister of political affairs, and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin pose before meeting in Seoul on March 11. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
INSIGHT: Tokyo, Seoul keen on trilateral summit, but Beijing remains cautious
Japan and South Korea expressed eagerness to hold a summit with China, but whether the trilateral meeting is held could largely depend on the contents of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s war-anniversary statement.
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves a hospital in Seoul on March 10 after being treated for injuries he suffered in an attack by a knife-wielding assailant on March 5. (Toru Higashioka/ The Asahi Shimbun)
U.S. envoy to S. Korea to maintain open stance despite attack
SEOUL--The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said March 10 that he plans to maintain his approachable style, despite being slashed by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist five days ago, causing him wounds that required 80 stitches on his face.
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. expert wants North Korea held to account for abductions
GENEVA--A United Nations human rights investigator on March 9 recommended international pressure be put on North Korea to clarify the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted over decades, mainly from Japan and South Korea.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert at Severance Hospital, where he is hospitalized, in Seoul on March 9. (AP Photo/ South Korean Presidential House)
South Korea's president visits injured U.S. ambassador
SEOUL--South Korea's president visited injured U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert on March 9 amid an outpouring of public sympathy and support for the envoy, who is recovering from an attack by a knife-wielding man.
Eriko Yamatani, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, left, meets with Shigeo Iizuka, center, the head of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, at the Cabinet Office on March 6. (Hikaru Uchida)
Families of abductees press for sanctions if North Korea doesn't play ball
Families of Japanese abducted by North Korea demanded that an investigation into the fate of their loved ones move into higher gear and called for new sanctions against Pyongyang if no progress is made.
South Korean Christian women pray for the speedy recovery of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, during a gathering near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on March 7. (AP Photo)
Well-wishing S. Korean offers dog meat to injured U.S. envoy
SEOUL--A well-wishing South Korean man tried to offer dog meat to injured U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, who is recovering from an attack by a knife-wielding anti-U.S. activist, hospital officials said March 7.
Kim Ki-jong, the suspect of slashing U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, in a wheelchair is carried by police officers as he leaves a police station for Seoul Central District Court in Seoul March 6. (AP Photo)
U.S.: N.Korea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'
WASHINGTON--The United States on March 6 condemned North Korea's "callous" reaction to the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea that has added to tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula.
Barbed wire has been laid along the banks of the Tumen river that serves as a border between North Korea and China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Young women could always be 'sold off' to China
Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran under the general title of “Horrors of North Korea.”
A suspect identified as Kim Ki-jong is overwhelmed by participants at a lecture hall in Seoul on March 5 after U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face. (AP Photo)
S. Korea police probing U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to N. Korea
SEOUL--South Korean police said on March 6 they were investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's frequent past visits to North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves a lecture hall for a hospital in Seoul March 5 after being attacked by a man. (AP Photo)
U.S. envoy to S. Korea in stable condition after knife attack
SEOUL—U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said March 5.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Foreign Ministry no longer says South Korea shares ‘basic values’
In an apparent criticism of Seoul’s judicial system, the Japanese Foreign Ministry deleted from its website a phrase that said South Korea shares “basic values, such as freedom, democracy and a market economy.”
Ri Ki Song, professor of the Economic Science Section at Pyongyang’s powerful Academy of Social Science, speaks about his country's latest economic policies during an interview in Pyongyang on Feb. 11. (AP Photo)
N. Korean factories, farmers given freer hand to make business decisions
North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country's biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong Un assumed power.

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