Eriko Yamatani, minister in charge of the abduction issue (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s minister urges North Korea to quickly announce result of abductions probe
A Japanese Cabinet minister on Sept. 17 urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.
These salmon were caught in the Kidogawa river on Nov. 17 in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, to check for radioactive substances. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul to review ban on seafood imports from northeastern Japan
SEOUL--South Korea said it will review its prohibition on the import of seafood from northeastern Japan.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Writers group blasts Seoul for questioning Japanese journalist
The Japan P.E.N. Club, a writers organization, criticized the South Korean government for its actions taken against The Sankei Shimbun’s bureau chief in Seoul over a story about President Park Geun-hye.
Members of the North Korea team wave to the crowd after defeating Vietnam in their women's first round group C soccer match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Sept. 16. (AP Photo)
North Korea center of attention at Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea--The North Korean women's soccer team had more reasons than usual to kick off its Asian Games campaign with a commanding win.
Koro Bessho, Japan's ambassador to South Korea, with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, at the Japan-Korea exchange festival in Seoul on Sept. 14 (Toru Higashioka)
S. Korean foreign minister makes time for Japanese envoy
SEOUL--South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se met with Japan's ambassador here for the first time and talked about his hope for improved bilateral ties.
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang on Sept. 14. (AP Photo)
U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor
PYONGYANG--North Korea's Supreme Court on Sept. 14 sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.
In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, a North Korean flag is hoisted during Media Day of the 17th Asian Games Athletes' Village in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
Seoul reminds citizens of North Korea flag ban
SEOUL--With the opening ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games just one week away, South Korea's government issued a stern reminder to its citizens on Sept. 12 that they are banned from carrying the North Korean flag.
Eriko Yamatani, minister in charge of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens, holds a photograph of abductee Megumi Yokota at the Japanese government-organized symposium on North Korea’s human rights record in Geneva on Sept. 10. (Ichiro Matsuo)
Tokyo pitches abductions as global issue at Geneva meet on N. Korea
GENEVA--More than 100 experts and diplomats attended a symposium here to address North Korea’s human rights record, particularly the abduction of foreign nationals globally, not just those from Japan.
A photo released by the Korean Central News Agency on June 30 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching an earlier test launch of a tactical rocket. (Korea News Service)
Seoul: N. Korea fires more short-range projectiles ahead of Korean holiday
SEOUL--North Korea continued its string of rocket and missile firings, launching three short-range projectiles on Sept. 6 into the waters off its east coast ahead of a major holiday celebrated by both Koreas, a South Korean defense official said.
In this Sept. 2 photo, South Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong answers reporters' question upon his arrival for questioning at the Gangnam police station in Seoul. (AP Photo)
Police: South Korea singer says he hit girlfriend
SEOUL--Popular South Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong acknowledged he hit his then-girlfriend during an argument in May, police said September 3.
North Koreans watch a pro-wrestler leave the fighting arena after a match Aug. 30 in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea
PYONGYANG--North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on August 30 when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of parliament.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Concerns voiced about Seoul’s investigation into Japanese journalist
South Korea’s investigation of a Japanese journalist accused of “defaming” President Park Geun-hye has alarmed Tokyo’s newspaper association.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, South Korea talks possible next month as momentum builds to improve ties
Japan and South Korea are coordinating closely to arrange the first "strategic dialogue" between the two sides since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office.
Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis Aug. 25. (AP Photo)
North Korea calls US 'graveyard of human rights'
SEOUL--North Korea's government said August 27 that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights."
North Korean women wash clothes in the Yalu River on the border with China under the watchful eye of North Korean security officials. (Koichiro Ishida)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Defector carried knife for suicide to avoid arrest
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website and part of a series of articles titled "HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA."
Japanese and South Korean university students pose for a commemorative photo at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on Aug. 15. (Izumi Sakurai)
Conference for Japanese, S. Korean college students fosters friendships between countries
University students attending the 29th Japan-Korea Student Conference agreed that amid the current deteriorated relations between the two nations, it is all the more important for improved understanding and establishing friendly relationships.
Yoo Heung-soo, the next South Korean ambassador to Japan, holds a news conference with the Japanese media in Seoul on Aug. 20. (Akihiko Kaise)
Next S. Korean ambassador to Japan vows to improve bilateral ties
SEOUL--The incoming South Korean ambassador to Japan pledged to work hard to improve the strained relationship between the two nations.
Jang Song Thaek, center, in Beijing in August 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Purge of N. Korea’s No. 2 man left differing fates for his aides
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website and part of a series of articles titled "HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches a basketball game with former U.S. professional basketball player Dennis Rodman, right, in Pyongyang in January. (Korea News Service)
North Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official
SEOUL--North Korea hopes to harness the power of sport to raise its image on the world stage through international competitions such as the Olympic Games, and to bolster labor output and national defense by improving its citizens' well-being, the head of a North Korean sports delegation said on Aug. 20.

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