Asian allies face test of nerves as Trump-Kim summit nears

Asian allies face test of nerves as Trump-Kim summit nears

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk NEW DELHI ― The prospect of President Trump abandoning friends and allies resonates here for reasons that have nothing to do with North or South Korea. While focusing on whatever deal he is likely to cook up with Kim Jong-Un, let us not forget the priorities in the capital […]

Diplomatic moves in Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang precede Trump-Kim summit

Diplomatic moves in Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang precede Trump-Kim summit

by WorldTribune Staff, February 8, 2019 U.S. envoy Steve Biegun led an American delegation that arrived in Pyongyang on Feb. 6 for denuclearization talks with North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-Chol. The U.S. delegation’s arrival in North Korea was one of a flurry of region-wide diplomatic moves ahead of a second summit between President Donald Trump […]

As Japan peace treaty talk picks up, Russian lawmakers want clarification on Kurile Islands

As Japan peace treaty talk picks up, Russian lawmakers want clarification on Kurile Islands

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian lawmakers have asked for an explanation following media reports quoting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying that Moscow could potentially hand over two islands in the disputed Southern Kuriles chain to Japan. Communist Party lawmaker Nikolai Kharitonov raised the issue on December 18, asking State […]

China sees red over arrest of Huawei chief

China sees red over arrest of Huawei chief

by WorldTribune Staff, December 9, 2018 China’s Foreign Ministry has summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad in response to the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and vowed to take “further action” if needed. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 on the orders of U.S. authorities for allegedly violating American sanctions on selling technology […]

Shrinking ‘made-in-Japan’ work force sparks identity crisis, policy fight

Shrinking ‘made-in-Japan’ work force sparks identity crisis, policy fight

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite the widespread view that Japan is ethnically homogeneous, Professor John Lie argued in “Multiethnic Japan” (Harvard Press) that it is more accurate to describe Japan as a multiethnic society. Such claims have long been rejected by other sectors of Japanese society such as former Japanese Prime Minister Tarō Asō, who once […]

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

U.S. has far more troops in Japan than Korea; Okinawa governor rejects new Marine air base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― We hear so much about North Korea’s secret bases that it’s sometimes easy to forget the ruckus over U.S. bases in the region. They may not be secret, but they can be controversial. Take, for instance, the huge U.S. air and marine bases on Okinawa. People over […]

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

UN speeches in review: Moralizing, demonizing and occasional common sense

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a week of speeches which swirled from the sublime to the ridiculous or were simply just boring, the recent UN General Assembly debate reached some notable exceptions. Among the sonorous drone of 193 addresses, either restating the obvious or repeating by rote the contemporary […]

CIA director reportedly had secret meeting with Kim Jong-Un on Easter weekend

CIA director reportedly had secret meeting with Kim Jong-Un on Easter weekend

by WorldTribune Staff, April 18, 2018 CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-Un during a secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend, a report said. Pompeo, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, made the trip to discuss the planned Trump-Kim summit, The Washington Post reported on April […]

Robot candidate in Japan vows ‘fair and balanced’ policies for aging population

Robot candidate in Japan vows ‘fair and balanced’ policies for aging population

by WorldTribune Staff, April 17, 2018 The candidate seeking to become the first robot mayor in Japan is promising “fair and balanced opportunities for everyone.” The robot, with an all-silver body and what appear to be female features, has been nominated to run for mayor of Tama City in west Tokyo against a slate of […]

‘Semi-infinite’ trove of rare earth elements found off coast of Japan

‘Semi-infinite’ trove of rare earth elements found off coast of Japan

by WorldTribune Staff, April 13, 2018 Researchers in Japan have discovered what is being described as a “semi-infite” supply of rare earth elements in the country’s exclusive economic waters. More than 16 million tons of rare earth elements were discovered in deep-sea mud off the coast of Japan, according to a study released on April […]

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