North Korea

Ministry panel predicts China will dominate Asia-Pacific in 20...
The Asahi Shimbun
China will acquire a dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region within 20 years if the United States lowers its involvement in the region, according to a new study...
Pyongyang puts out call for foreign investors in 'international...
South Korean tourists climb Mount Kumgang in North Korea in 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--In a desperate bid to jump-start its stagnant economy, North Korea is seeking foreign investment in its “international resort zone” to develop it into a vital source ...
N. Korean pavilion will offer rare glimpse of nation at 2015 Milan ...
A billboard advertising the upcoming world's fair Expo 2015, reading in Italian "A party with seven billion guests," is shown next to the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, on April 11. (AP Photo)
ROME--North Korea, which suffers from a chronic shortage of food, will participate in Expo Milano 2015, themed on feeding the world.
Former ambassador: Early idea to invite Kim to U.S. rejected
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
UNITED NATIONS--A former ambassador to South Korea says he once suggested that Kim Jong Un be invited to the United States for an "orientation trip" when Kim's father still led ...
Pyongyang intent on provocation, but no sign of nuclear test, U.S.,...
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, second left, talks with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo, right, during their meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on April 10. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea is intent on using missile launches to increase regional tension, but it does not appear to be preparing for a fourth nuclear test or long-range missile...
Japanese families seek quick return of aging relatives from North...
Tsuyoshi Maruyama with his older sister, Setsuko, right, at her North Korean home in autumn 2014 (Provided by Tsuyoshi Maruyama)
Tsuyoshi Maruyama of Yokohama held out hope that a special Pyongyang committee investigating the fate of abductees, war-displaced Japanese and others would be the catalyst for...
Tokyo, Seoul to hold bureau-level security talks for first time...
Junichi Ihara, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, in Tokyo in January (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and South Korea have entered the final stages of scheduling the first meeting in five years on national security policies between bureau chiefs of their foreign and...
Hasuike recounts day when secret North Korean agent asked him for...
Kaoru Hasuike speaks at a symposium in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, in June 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A nighttime stroll on a beach 37 years ago in Niigata Prefecture proved to be the turning point in the lives of Kaoru Hasuike and his future wife. It is where they were...
Anchoring last hopes on Abe, families of abductees vexed at lack...
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea in 1977, speak at a news conference on April 3 after a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held his first meeting in a year with families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea, but he was unable to offer even a glimmer of hope about...
N. Korea fires short-range missiles ahead of U.S. defense chief...
South Korean and U.S. troops conduct joint military drills in Pohang, South Korea, on March 30. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SEOUL--North Korea on April 3 test-fired four missiles off its west coast, a week ahead of a visit to Seoul by the U.S. defense secretary, in what South Korea called a bid to...
Women's group gets North Korea support to walk across DMZ
Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org, including lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, and  honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, hold a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women's walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, in this March 11 file photo. (AP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS--North Korea has decided to support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem, and...
Japan draws a blank in latest secret talks with North Korea on...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, far right, meets family members of abductees in his office in Tokyo on July 4, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and North Korea held unofficial talks in China a month ago to discuss progress on the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, but Pyongyang had nothing new to...
Japan to extend sanctions against N. Korea, seeks progress in...
Sakie Yokota calls for a quick resolution of the abduction issue in Niigata on Nov. 15, 2013, while her husband Shigeru looks on. The image in the background is of their daughter Megumi. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings...
S. Korea demands release of two men accused by N. Korea of...
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)
SEOUL--South Korea demanded the immediate release on March 27 of two of its citizens being held in North Korea on accusations spying.
Classmate of abductee Megumi Yokota holds concert in her honor
Violinist Naoya Yoshida plays at a concert dedicated to abductee Megumi Yokota on March 22 in Tokyo. Yokota, his former classmate, was abducted in 1977 at age 13 by North Korean agents. (Naoko Kawamura)
In hopes of bringing her home, a former classmate of Megumi Yokota, the 13-year-old girl abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, gave a violin concert on her behalf in Tokyo...
UN investigator: Pressure North Korea on hundreds of abductions of ...
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says
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)
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...
U.N. expert wants North Korea held to account for abductions
Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Families of abductees press for sanctions if North Korea doesn't...
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 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...
U.S.: N.Korea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'
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)
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...