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HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Defector carried knife for suicide to...
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)
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."
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly...
Mongolia eyes economic boost from China president's visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ULAN BATOR--Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Mongolia on Aug. 21 for a two-day visit designed to deepen economic ties between the neighbors, with Mongolia desperate to...
Mitsubishi Electric opens first of two new elevator plants in China
Interior view of the MAXIEZ elevator (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
One of Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s elevator and escalator manufacturing companies in China has begun operating its third factory and will complete a fourth by July 2015, the...
PHOTO: 'Just being there' is the mission of elite Philippine squad
Philippine marines keep an eye on Chinese naval activity Aug. 3 off the Sierra Madre, a World War II-era ship that was deliberately run aground on Ayungin Shoal in the Spratly Islands. (Shingo Kuzutani)
SPRATLY ISLANDS--The Philippine marines guarding a key outpost to these disputed islands in the South China Sea pose no threat to anyone.
China fines 12 Japan auto parts firms $202 million in...
Toyota Motor Corp. earlier said Chinese anti-monopoly authorities are looking into its Lexus luxury car division.
BEIJING--China announced Aug. 20 it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the...
China’s vice president calls for improved ties with Tokyo
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says that both Tokyo and Beijing should cast aside minor differences to pursue common interests.
China roils international scholars with attempt to 'censor'...
The Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing (AP file photo)
TAIPEI--China has academics in a snit over an attempt to prevent the distribution of an international conference program that featured ads championing Taiwan’s longtime...
Students at military-like rural high school in China winning...
Students memorize formulas, vocabulary and other lessons while running between classes at Hengshui High School in Hebei province. (Koichi Furuya)
HENGSHUI, China--It's 5:45 a.m., and students at Hengshui High School, a rural public boarding school in Hengshui, Hebei province, are already running about campus with...
Philippines relies on ‘wreck’ to keep its outpost against...
The dilapidated Sierra Madre, a former U.S. tank landing ship, in Ayungin Shoal of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Aug. 6 (Shingo Kuzutani)
SPRATLY ISLANDS--A rusting World War II-era hulk is all that is stopping China from seizing a vital reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Tens of thousands stage Hong Kong pro-government rally
Participants hold a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag as tens of thousands of people march on a down town street to oppose a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG--Tens of thousands of people, many wearing red as a sign of their patriotism to China, took part in a demonstration march in Hong Kong on August 17 to protest a...
Pope tells Asia's communist nations not to fear Christians
Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho-jin, the father of one of the children who died in South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster, in Seoul on Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
HAEMI, South Korea--Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Aug. 17 that Asian governments...
Beijing allowing N. Korean officials to capture defectors on...
The Yalu river in China's Liaoning province, which North Korean defectors cross when fleeing their home country, is shown. A North Korean village is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHENYANG, China--North Korean agents are searching for and detaining defectors from the reclusive country hiding on the Chinese side of their shared border, all with the...
Provincial politicians in China caught up in corruption probe
Ling Jihua, left, and Xi Jinping, center, attend a ceremony in Beijing in June 2012. (Provided by China News Service)
BEIJING--More than 25 Communist Party executives are under investigation or have been dismissed from their posts following a string of corruption revelations in Shanxi province.
Pope sends good will message to China; arrives in South Korea
Pope Francis, center, is greeted by well-wishers upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea, on Aug. 14. South Korean President Park Geun-hye stands second from right. (AP Photo/ Pool)
SEOUL--Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul on Aug. 14 after sending an unprecedented message of goodwill to China as he flew over the country that does not...
EDITORIAL: Japan has duty to keep alive lessons of wartime abuse
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to the podium on Aug. 15, 2013, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo to deliver his speech while Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look on. He made no mention of the wartime damage inflicted by Japan on Asian nations. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the outbreak of the First Sino-Japanese War. When peace was shattered in East Asia, the Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, the predecessor of The...
COMMENTARY: Confucian spirit of 'loyalty, empathy' found nowhere...
Lugou Bridge, also known as Marco Polo Bridge, outside Beijing (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The summer sunlight here is so dazzling.
Chinese journalist Ma Licheng calls on Japan, China to 'tone down...
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The...
INTERVIEW/ Bates Gill: Optimism for China’s future dims as it...
Bates Gill in Tokyo (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
A more confident and assertive China, belying its "peaceful rise" rhetoric of the past, seems increasingly less interested in pursuing constructive relations with its neighbors,...
EDITORIAL: Japan, China and South Korea must not let war...
From left: Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean and Chinese counterparts, Yun Byung-se and Wang Yi, during the foreign ministerial meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea and China in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9. (AP Photo)
The recent meetings between the Japanese foreign minister and his Chinese and South Korean counterparts highlighted afresh the surprising and disturbing fact that the top...