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No, Time magazine, it’s not yet time to forgive as threat of WMD terror looms large


Special to By Donald Kirk, This week’s Asia edition of Time magazine features the cover line, “What It Takes to Forgive a Killer.” Thinking the editors had had time to do a cover on the massacres in Paris, […]

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Japan, S. Korea break the ice, agree to address unresolved ‘comfort women’ issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, offers his hand to shake hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye before their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.  /Yonhap via AP/Lee Jung-hun

Special to South Korea and Japan have agreed to push for a resolution to a long-time dispute that weakens both nations’ critical alliance with the United States and has damaged ties between the two nations for decades. Japan and […]

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Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, left, and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Special to By Donald Kirk, It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, […]

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Addition of Japan, Egypt, Ukraine to UN Security Council is boost for U.S.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual selection process, the full General Assembly has picked five countries to serve as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council. Importantly, Egypt, Japan and Ukraine as well […]

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China detains four Japanese on espionage charges


Special to China has detained four Japanese nationals, one a defector from North Korea, on charges of spying for the Japan government. Tokyo has vehemently denied the charges which threaten to undermine the recent cooling of tensions between China […]

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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

South Korean President Geun-Hye Park and U.S. President Barack Obama.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it. Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages […]

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In first, U.S. and Japan joint exercise addresses emergency scenario in Senkakus

American and Japanese naval forces.  /U.S. Navy photo

Special to U.S. and Japanese naval forces recently joined together for a tactical simulation dealing with an emergency in the Senkaku Islands. In the emergency scenario, a large number of ships that appear to be Chinese fishing boats sail […]

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Japan’s Abe won’t attend China anti-Japan military parade marking end of WWII

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has turned down China’s invitation to a military parade next week marking the end of World War II. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Aug. 24 the decision was made […]

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Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut. No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the […]

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70 years after its ‘liberation,’ Korea still threatened by imminent war

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, […]

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