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Key North Korean diplomat heads to Finland ahead of possible talks with U.S. and South Korea

via The Japan Times    Mar 19, 2018

Choe Kang Il, a senior North Korean diplomat handling North American affairs, is seen at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Sunday. Cho is heading to Finland for talks with the U.S. and South Korea. | KIM JIN-BANG / YONHAP / VIA AP

A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a ...

Joining up contradictory conditions in Japanese with ‘ippo’

By Akemi Takanashi,Hitomi Tashiro
- via The Japan Times    Mar 19, 2018

In the Bonus Dialogue, Ms. Tamachi complains about her mother to her colleague Ms. Gray. | GETTY IMAGES

Fudan-no seikatsu-wa setsuyaku-suru ippo?, o-iwaigoto-wa hade-ni suru. (They economize in their daily lives on the one hand but pull out all the stops for celebrations.)Situation ...

The dollar’s doldrums

By Barry Eichengreen
- via The Japan Times    Mar 19, 2018

Trump-related uncertainty may be one reason among many behind the greenback's weakness.

Sweden, North Korea wrap up talks that may help pave way for Trump-Kim summit

via The Japan Times    Mar 18, 2018

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks to journalists on Friday in parliament about her meeting with the North Korean foreign minister Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

North Korean officials wrapped up three days of talks with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit ...

Momoka Muraoka claims silver on final day as Japan wraps up strong showing in Paralympics

via The Japan Times    Mar 18, 2018

Alpine sit skier Momoka Muraoka (center), cross-country skier Yoshihiro Nitta (left) and snowboarder Gurimu Narita each won gold for Japan during the Pyeongchang Paralympics. | KYODO

Competition wrapped at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Sunday, closing out 10 days marked by strong performances by the younger members of Team Japan.With 10 ...

For good or bad, Pompeo is the anti-Tillerson

By Hal Brands
- via The Japan Times    Mar 16, 2018

Trump's foreign policy hasn't been the disaster that many feared, but he may still capsize the ship

Trump taps camera-proven ‘loyal employee’ Larry Kudlow as top economic aide

via The Japan Times    Mar 15, 2018

Conservative commentator and economic analyst Larry Kudlow speaks on the set of CNBC at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange March 8. President Donald Trump has selected the conservative TV business pundit as his top economic advisor, reports said Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news ...

Top bottled water brands are contaminated with plastic particles, study finds

via The Japan Times    Mar 15, 2018

The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a ...

CPTPP: A victory for reason in trade

via The Japan Times    Mar 13, 2018

The CPTPP is a bold statement in favor a multilateral, rules-based approach to international governance — at a time when other troubling approaches are gaining ...

Trump will get Washington military parade on Veterans Day — but no tanks

via The Japan Times    Mar 10, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Thursday. | AP

It looks like President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington — though he may get no tanks.A Pentagon planning memo ...

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