A wooden boat that capsized off Fukui prefecture where seven bodies were found. (Keibu Horikawa/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan probes mystery boats carrying dead bodies off northwestern coast
Japanese authorities are investigating nearly a dozen wooden boats carrying decomposing bodies found drifting off the northwestern coast over the past month.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Pool)
South Korea parliament ratifies free trade pact with China
SEOUL--South Korea's parliament on Nov. 30 approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a $1.4 billion relief package for farmers.
Members of the Korean People's Army take part in a massive ceremony in Pyongyang on Feb. 13, 2015, to mark the 73th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Jong Il. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Japan viewed as ‘archenemy of the century’
Editor’s note: This is the 14th 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 South Korean man watches a TV news program showing an image published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul on May 9. (AP Photo)
North Korea tested submarine-launched missile, but launch failed
SEOUL--North Korea appeared to conduct a submarine-launched ballistic missile test on Nov. 28 but it ended in failure with no indication that the missile successfully ejected from the vessel and took off, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
Sejong University professor Park Yu-ha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Indicted S. Korean scholar says ‘comfort women’ book based on historical documents
SEOUL--A South Korean university professor indicted over her book on “comfort women” said her descriptions were based entirely on historical documents and warned that her defamation case could negatively affect other scholars.
Chizuko Ueno, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Tokyo, reads out the protest statement against the indictment of South Korean university professor Park Yu-ha at a Nov. 26 news conference in Tokyo. (Ryuichi Kitano)
Japanese, U.S. scholars attack Seoul's indictment of professor over 'comfort women' book
A group of 54 scholars, writers and journalists from Japan and the United States have protested the indictment of a South Korean university professor for her book about “comfort women.”
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korea’s rapid weapons exports expansion causes strains with U.S.
SEOUL--South Korea has increased its weapons exports more than 12-fold over the past decade, triggering friction with the United States because much of the technology involved originated there, sources say.
Hong Dong Gon, a director at the Ministry of Environment, speaks about investigation results of Volkswagen vehicle emissions during a press conference at the government complex in Sejong, South Korea Nov. 26. (Yonhap via AP)
South Korea: VW rigged emissions in 125,000 diesel vehicles
SEOUL--South Korea said Nov. 26 it fined Volkswagen $12.3 million and ordered recalls of 125,522 diesel vehicles after the government found their emissions tests were rigged.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye talks to families of missing passengers from the Sewol ferry disaster on April 17, 2014, on Jindo Island. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korean committee to investigate President Park’s ‘blank seven hours’
SEOUL--A special investigative committee into last year’s Sewol ferry disaster said it will try to shed light on President Park Geun-hye's unexplained seven-hour absence on the day of the accident.
Yoon Mi-hyang, a top official of the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, gives a speech in Tokyo on Nov. 22. (Ryuichi Kitano)
'Comfort women' support group opposes removal of statue in Seoul
A top official of a private group that set up a “comfort women” statue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul opposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s demands that it be taken down.
Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam (Provided by Dong-a Ilbo)
South Korea reformist and former president Kim Young-sam dies
SEOUL--Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam, who was elected to office in 1992 and put an end to more than three decades of military rule, died early on Nov. 22 at the age of 87.
Professor Park Yu-ha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Author of ‘Comfort Women of the Empire’ indicted in South Korea
SEOUL--Prosecutors here indicted a South Korean university professor on defamation charges, saying she falsely described former “comfort women” who provided sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Members of a group providing support to former "comfort women" stand by the statue erected in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Abe demands removal of 'comfort women' statue as condition for resolving issue
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set removal of the "comfort women" statue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul as a condition for resolving the contentious diplomatic issue with South Korea.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. says Ban Ki-moon will not visit North Korea next week
NEW YORK--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will not visit North Korea next week, a U.N. spokesman said in a statement on Nov. 18 after China's Xinhua news agency reported that he will visit the North on Nov. 23 and stay for about four days.
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Flag-waving flicks draw the crowds in South Korea
Patriotic movies staged in the 1910-1945 colonial period are the new big thing in South Korea, marking a shift of the local film industry’s focus from the Japanese market to China.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Report: U.N. chief to visit N. Korea for possible meeting with Kim Jong Un
SEOUL--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Pyongyang this week for a possible meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean news report said.
Choe Ryong Hae, secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, delivers a speech at a meeting in Pyongyang in August. (Provided by Korea News Service)
Top aide to North Korea's leader likely sacked over power plant failures
SEOUL--A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has likely been sacked from his ruling party post over the failures of the country’s new electric power plant, sources said Nov. 12.
The South Korean ferry Sewol sinks on April 16, 2014, in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. (Provided by a fisherman who joined the rescue effort)
S. Korean court upholds lifetime sentence for Sewol ferry captain
SEOUL--South Korea's top court on Nov. 12 upheld a lifetime sentence for the captain of the ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, most of them teenagers on a school trip.
Hiroko Saito prays at a memorial ceremony held in Niigata in December 2011 for Japanese nationals who died in North Korea after marrying North Koreans. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: A ghastly experience in the copper trade and a plea for Japanese wives
Editor’s note: This is the 13th 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.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Nov. 2 at the presidential Blue House in Seoul ahead of their summit. (Pool)
Poll: Almost half of South Koreans feel summit between Abe, Park ‘unproductive’
SEOUL--Forty-six percent of South Koreans think the recent summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye was "unproductive" despite the leaders agreeing to swiftly deal with the "comfort women" issue.

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