Memorial Day, 2017: Third U.S. carrier group heads to Korea

Memorial Day, 2017: Third U.S. carrier group heads to Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, May 28, 2017 The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier is set to join the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan in the western Pacific in a quiet but powerful warning to North Korea. “Significant: @USNavy deploying #CVN68 (USS Nimitz) to Western Pacific, meaning there’ll soon be three carrier-led strike forces in region,” Voice of America’s Steve […]

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away with […]

Japan sends largest warship to escort U.S. supply vessel near North Korea

Japan sends largest warship to escort U.S. supply vessel near North Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, May 1, 2017 Japan is sending its hulking Izumo helicopter carrier to secure passage of a U.S. Navy supply ship as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expands the scope of Self-Defense Forces activities amid the rising threat from North Korea. Following an order from Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, the 249-meter-long Izumo will help […]

Pence heads for Seoul on North Korea’s ‘Day of the Sun’

Pence heads for Seoul on North Korea’s ‘Day of the Sun’

by WorldTribune Staff, April 14, 2017 U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to travel to South Korea as North Korea celebrates its founding, or “Day of the Sun”, possibly by conducting another nuclear test. Pence expects to discuss the “belligerence” of North Korea at subsequent stops in Tokyo, Jakarta and Sydney, during his 10-day […]

Trump speaks with leaders of Korea and Japan, calls for urgent meetings

Trump speaks with leaders of Korea and Japan, calls for urgent meetings

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump called the leaders of South Korea and Japan on March 7 to discuss North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch and suggest urgent high-level discussions in response to Pyongyang’s provocations. The South Korean prime minister’s office said acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and Trump spoke for about […]

Japan on high alert as N. Korean missiles land in its waters; Moscow ‘seriously worried’

Japan on high alert as N. Korean missiles land in its waters;  Moscow ‘seriously worried’

by WorldTribune Staff, March 6, 2017 Japan moved to its highest possible military alert level on March 6 after three North Korean missiles landed in the Sea of Japan. In the latest provocation from the Kim Jong-Un regime, three of four missiles fired by Pyongyang landed in Tokyo’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with one falling […]

South Korea, Japan balk at admitting Syrian refugees

South Korea, Japan balk at admitting Syrian refugees

by WorldTribune Staff, February 2, 2017 South Korea and Japan have been reluctant to take in refugees from Syria. The United States admitted more than 10,000 Syrian refugees on former President Barack Obama’s watch. Since 1994, 1,144 Syrians have requested asylum in South Korea, but refugee status has been granted to only three, government figures […]

‘Meaningless’ without U.S.: Japan rejects plan to salvage TPP

‘Meaningless’ without U.S.: Japan rejects plan to salvage TPP

by WorldTribune Staff, January 25, 2017 Saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is “meaningless” without the United States, Japan on Jan. 25 rejected Australia’s effort to salvage the trade agreement. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had suggested China be brought in as a replacement for the U.S. after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the […]

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The process of “making America great again” is filled with perils and pitfalls, nowhere more so than in Asia. The intricacies and subtleties of the Great Game for Asia often are about as incomprehensible to the experts as they are to amateurs and know-nothings. As President-elect Donald Trump and […]

Trump skips media filter, delivers transition update direct to the public

Trump skips media filter, delivers transition update direct to the public

by WorldTribune Staff, November 22, 2016 One of Donald Trump’s first acts as president will be to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the president-elect said in an announcement made directly to the public. “Today, I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our […]