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A South Korean soldier views a news programme discussing US President Donald Trump's plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Defecting North Korea Soldier: Media Spun My Comments to Be Anti-South Korean

A North Korean soldier who defected by running across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into South Korea last year claimed on Wednesday that remarks allegedly denigrating the South Korean military were taken out of context and says the newspaper publishing them has already apologized.

South Korean protesters hold placards showing portraits of former "comfort women". The plight of the so-called "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II is an emotional issue that has marred ties

South Korea to Dissolve Japan-Funded ‘Comfort Women’ Foundation

South Korea announced on Wednesday that it will dissolve the “Reconciliation and Healing Foundation,” established by a 2015 agreement with Japan to help the families of “comfort women” abused by Japanese soldiers during the World War II era.

Students march past a balcony from where North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un was watching, during a mass rally on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 9, 2018. - North Korea held a military parade to mark its 70th birthday, but refrained from showing off the intercontinental ballistic …

Defecting Soldier: 80 Percent of Young North Koreans Not Loyal to Kim Jong-un

A soldier who dramatically fled North Korea by crossing the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into South Korea last year told Japanese media that he believes about 80 percent of young North Koreans are “indifferent” towards the regime and have “no loyalty” to Kim Jong-un, English-language reports revealed on Monday.

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China Bristles at Mike Pence Visit to Southeast Asia Summit

Chinese officials warned on Monday that Vice President Mike Pence could destabilize the South China Sea by appearing at this week’s meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 18: The national flags of Great Britain and the United States fly over a merchandise stall ahead of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 18, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Old Allies: Americans to Get Access to Quicker Airport Lines After Brexit

Citizens from some of the UK’s closest global partners will be able to use fast-track airport entry points previously only reserved for European Union citizens, signalling that Britain is moving forward with strengthening old alliances and building new relationships post-Brexit.

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Japan’s Abe Continues ‘Charm Offensive’ with India’s Modi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded his visit to China and returned to Tokyo for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, continuing what Reuters characterized as a “charm offensive” to solidify Japan’s physical security and economic leadership.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands with China's President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a summit last month, as ties between the world's second and third largest economies gradually thaw

Japan’s Abe and China’s Xi Agree to Strengthen Ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday and agreed to strengthen bilateral relations. “We confirmed that we are cooperative partners and absolutely do not pose a threat to each other,” Abe said after the meeting.

Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping have met numerous times over the last few years on the sidelines of international events but no Japanese leader has made an official visit to China since 2011

China Expected to Lure Japan into Belt and Road Project During Abe Visit to Beijing

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed in Beijing, China, on Thursday, the first such visit by a Japanese head of government since 2011. Reports indicate that the two countries expect to sign dozens of memoranda of understanding, particular on trade, where China has worked to convince Japan to join its Belt and Road Initiative.

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Trump Transition’s Ado Machida Named President of Hard Rock Japan

Hard Rock International announced Monday that it has named Ado Machida, a former senior White House official who led the policy implementation department of President Donald Trump’s residential transition team, as president of Hard Rock Japan.

Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping have met numerous times over the last few years on the sidelines of international events but no Japanese leader has made an official visit to China since 2011

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Plans Visit to China

Chinese officials announced on Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from October 25 – 27, in concert with the 40th anniversary of the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” signed by the two nations.

A soldier holds a Rising Sun flag during the military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Around 3,900 personnel, 240 armoured vehicles and 50 aircrafts took part in the inspection parade. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan Withdraws from Naval Event After South Korea Protests Rising Sun Flag

Japan withdrew on Friday from an international naval review scheduled for next week because South Korea asked that Japan not fly the “Rising Sun” flag on its ships. The Koreans see the flag as symbolic of Imperial Japan’s atrocities in World War II, but Japan said its ships are required by law to fly it.

JS Kaga (DDH-184) is a helicopter carrier (officially classified by Japan as a helicopter destroyer) and the second constructed ship in the Izumo class of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)

Japan’s Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka, Sends Message to China

The Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga visited Sri Lanka over the weekend, calling on a port that was developed with Japanese financial assistance while the people and government of Sri Lanka are questioning the wisdom of becoming more deeply indebted to China.

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Pay Your Way: Trump Seeks End to U.S. ‘Subsidizing’ Foreign Militaries

President Donald Trump on Saturday hit out at countries that rely on the U.S. “subsidizing” their military capabilities, pointing to Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and South Korea as culprits. In doing so he linked them to NATO allies in Europe that rely on U.S. defense capabilities while neglecting their own.

Protesters demonstrate near a statue of a South Korean "comfort women" during a protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul last year. Japan has previously expressed concern regarding the memorialization of the women forced to serve in Japanese wartime brothels. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI

South Korean and Japanese Leaders Clash over ‘Comfort Women’ at U.N.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, as world leaders often do. The encounter began on a high note but turned sour with an argument over the “comfort women” issue that has divided South Korea and Japan for many years.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced pressure from US President Donald Trump for fairer trade

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Wins Crucial Election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put doubts about his political future to rest on Thursday by winning an overwhelming victory over challenger Shigeru Ishiba for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, consolidating control of the party and all but ensuring another three-year term as leader of his country.