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Rex Tillerson’s offer of talks hinges on support from North Korea and Trump

By Matthew Pennington
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

A celebration for the 8th Conference of Munitions Industry in Pyongyang is seen in this photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday. | REUTERS

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s surprising diplomatic offer of unconditional talks with North Korea hinges on two big X factors: Does the North even ...

U.N. chief: Iran may be defying U.N. call to halt missile development even as it complies with nuclear deal

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the ...

Global and Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change, study says

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Last year’s global heat record, extreme heat in Asia and unusually warm waters off the coast of Alaska happened purely because the planet is getting ...

South Korea’s Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Members of the South Korean K-pop group EXO pose during the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Dec. 1. | REUTERS

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will unveil an array of TV talent and K-pop celebrities at events, including a state dinner, in China on Thursday ...

China marks Nanking Massacre anniversary but Xi remains low key

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a memorial ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall on the second annual national day of remembrance to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre in the city on Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept ...

Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts have risen steeply in Europe in last six years

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group ...

North Korea coach Jorn Andersen upbeat about future

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

City slicker Jose Mourinho famously lives in a plush Manchester hotel, but he has nothing on North Korea coach Jorn Andersen — he has a ...

Tokyo may be too late to the financial hub party

By William Pesek
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

On Dec. 4 the Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed a preliminary four-year agreement with the City of London, the British capital's financial district (above). The move is part of Gov. Yuriko Koike's effort to make Tokyo once again Asia's leading financial hub. | AFP-JIJI

The capital has many things going for it, but time isn't among them.

‘Quad’ cooperation in the South China Sea?

By Mark J. Valencia
- via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 27, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transits the South China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Izumo (DDH 183). Dewey is part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group and is the third deploying group operating under the command and control construct called 3rd Fleet Forward. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann/ Released) | COMMANDER, U.S. 3RD FLEET

Australia, Japan and India are unlikely to risk antagonizing China by joining U.S. freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

Miu Hirano loses in first round at season-ending ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Miu Hirano hits a return to China's Gu Yuting at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals on Thursday in Astana. Gu won 4-3. | KYODO

Miu Hirano, a bronze medal winner at this year’s World Table Tennis Championships, made a first-round exit in the women’s singles at the season-ending ITTF ...

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