North Korea

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang on Sept. 14. (AP Photo)
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.
Tokyo government building lit up in blue to mark abductee cause
The facade of one of the Tokyo metropolitan government office buildings in Shinjuku Ward is ablaze in blue lights on Sept. 12. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
The facade of one of the Tokyo metropolitan government office buildings in Shinjuku Ward is being illuminated in blue through Sept. 19 to show solidarity with Japanese abducted ...
Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with former abductee Hitomi Soga as Shigeru Yokota, center, father of Megumi Yokota who was also abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, looks on during a rally against North Korea's abductions, in Tokyo Sept. 13, 2014.  (AP Photo)
Japan's prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Sept. 13 to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been...
Seoul reminds citizens of North Korea flag ban
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--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...
Tokyo pitches abductions as global issue at Geneva meet on N. Korea
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)
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,...
POINT OF VIEW/ Morton H. Halperin: Time to strike a comprehensive...
Morton H. Halperin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The security of Northeast Asia is threatened by North Korea’s apparent intention to continue developing, test and deploy nuclear weapons and their delivery systems and by its ...
Seoul: N. Korea fires more short-range projectiles ahead of Korean ...
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--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...
Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea
North Koreans watch a pro-wrestler leave the fighting arena after a match Aug. 30 in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
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...
With eye on China, Japan defense planners seek spending boost
The annual live-firing exercise at the Ground Self-Defense Force Higashi-Fuji training range in Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 24 (Yusuke Fukui)
Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo...
North Korea calls US 'graveyard of human rights'
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)
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...
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."
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Purge of N. Korea’s No. 2 man left...
Jang Song Thaek, center, in Beijing in August 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 Korea on major sports drive, says Pyongyang official
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)
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...
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...
Yokotas keep fingers crossed they will finally get word on Megumi
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota during the interview at their Kawasaki home (Takeshi Kawai)
KAWASAKI--September can't arrive soon enough for Shigeru and Sakie Yokota.
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...
Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas
Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful upon his arrival for the Mass of Assumption of Mary at a stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, on Aug. 15. (AP Photo)
Yes, North Korea has Catholics. It even has a Catholic church.
Japan imposes asset freeze on N. Korean shipping firm
The North Korean cargo ship Chong Chon Gang, operated by Ocean Maritime Management, was seized in July 2013 when it was passing the Panama Canal carrying weapons from Cuba. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan on Aug. 15 froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry said, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang...
N.Korea: rocket firing not timed to coincide with papal visit to...
Pope Francis during a mass at a soccer stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, on Aug. 15 (The Asahi Shimbun)
SEOUL--North Korea said on Aug. 15 its firing of three short-range rockets shortly before Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital the previous day had nothing to do...
North Korea's Christians kept in the dark about pope's visit to...
A scene from Kim Jin-moo's "The Apostles," a 2013 movie about the faithful in North Korea’s "underground churches" (Provided by Taepung Korea Co.)
SEOUL--Christians in North Korea who have to practice their faith in secrecy won't be hearing any messages of peace issued by Pope Francis during his five-day visit to South...