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With eye on China, Japan to introduce semiconductor tech export controls this spring

The decision comes after Tokyo agreed to cooperate with tough new regulations on chips sent to China introduced by the administration of U.S. President Joe ...

After U.S. downing of suspected spy balloon, can Sino-American ties can be stabilized?

Washington's dramatic decision to shoot down the balloon has highlighted the growing trust gap between the two superpowers and raised fresh questions about the trajectory ...

Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf, military ruler who allied with the U.S. and promoted moderate Islam, dies at 79

The four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in 1999, attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative ...


Oil’s new map: How India turns Russian crude into the West’s fuel

New Delhi has faced little public blowback because it’s meeting the West’s twin goals of crimping Moscow’s energy revenue while preventing an oil supply shock.


Russia pushes to take Ukrainian town near a vital supply line

Ukraine has used the strategic town of Vuhledar to launch attacks disrupting transit on a critical rail link between the war’s southern and eastern fronts.

Forget Trump, Democrats are preparing ways to beat a campaign by Ron DeSantis

Democrats are unfazed, even giddy about a possible 2024 rematch between Biden and Trump. But the prospect of facing the upstart Florida Republican governor is ...


U.S. shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon with a single missile

The balloon was shot down as it floated off the coast of South Carolina, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight ...

Saturday, Feb 4


China’s mega-rich move their wealth — and parties — to Singapore

Singapore is seeing an influx of ultra-wealthy families from China looking to protect their wealth from a Communist Party that increasingly views them with suspicion.


Chinese balloon threatens to deflate momentum toward improving Sino-U.S. ties

While some analysts said the U.S. decision to cancel high-level talks illustrated major hurdles in Sino-American ties, others said a chance for another meeting could ...

Fears of Russian nuclear weapons use have diminished, but could re-emerge

Nearly a year into the war in Ukraine, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts have more confidence that they understand at least some of President Vladimir ...


U.S.-led moon exploration project cannot succeed without Japan, NASA says

As part of the Artemis program, the United States is aiming to return humans to the moon for the first time since NASA's Apollo 17 ...


Western allies pledge precision rockets and missile systems to Ukraine

The precision rockets and missile systems could help President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his forces retain control of the embattled eastern city of Bakhmut.


Philippines may send robbery suspects to Japan ahead of Marcos visit

Manila is proceeding with arrangements for their handover ahead of a visit by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Japan beginning Wednesday.


‘Beijing’s Global Media Offensive’: China’s fight to win influence around the world

Author Joshua Kurlantzick's up-to-date and rigorously footnoted new book details the country's efforts to write its own narrative and sway minds through media.

Friday, Feb 3


U.S. postpones Blinken China visit in uproar over alleged spy balloon

The U.S. secretary of state was set to have meetings in Beijing early next week in the first such visit by a top U.S. diplomat ...


In climate resilience push, U.S. federal cash flows to coastal rich

In the United States, federal disaster aid has historically been slow to reach lower-income populations and communities of color.


Japan to be more proactive in selecting disposal sites for nuclear waste

The basic policy on the handling of highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is to be revised for the first time since 2015.


With Beijing trip, Blinken aims to set guardrails as China-U.S. ties worsen

The key question is whether the visit shows moves toward improving ties are temporary or instead marks the beginning of a sustained effort on cooperation.

U.N. urges Japan to improve treatment of migrants after death of Sri Lankan detainee

Recommendations by a working group under the world body's Human Rights Council also included improving working conditions for those on the country's Technical Intern Training ...


Japan and China agree to hold talks ‘at all levels’ to improve ties

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi aired "serious concern" over intensifying military activities near Japan during talks with his Chinese counterpart.

Two missing after collision sinks freight ship in Seto Inland Sea

The remaining three crew members of the 716-ton Seiryu were rescued but one of them was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to a hospital.


Can Pakistan break the cycle of destruction in flood rebuilding?

More than 1,700 people were killed and 8 million were displaced by recent flooding, which also destroyed about a million homes and businesses across the ...

Ukraine’s new weapon will force a Russian shift

The Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, will allow Ukraine's military to hit targets at twice the distance reachable by the rockets it now fires.

Thursday, Feb 2


Afghans seeking haven in U.S. skyrocket despite risky passage through 11 countries

More than a year after the chaotic withdrawal, hundreds each month are risking their lives to reach U.S. soil on a human smuggling route notorious ...

A record number of Japanese nationals are now living as permanent residents abroad

In the survey released in December, 557,034 Japanese nationals were permanent residents overseas, with the figure steadily increasing in the past two decades.


Philippines agrees to larger U.S. military presence as allies seek to deter China

The pact will grant U.S. forces access to four more military sites in the country, providing Washington with a strategic footing on the southeastern edge ...


Four robbery suspects may be sent from Philippines to Japan next week

The Philippines is seeking the dismissal of local criminal charges against some of the four men. The pending charges have complicated the swift transfer of ...


Russia advances in eastern Ukraine as strike on apartments kills civilians

Fierce fighting was unabated in eastern Ukraine, where Russian troops are trying to gain ground near the strategic logistics hub of Lyman.

North Korea shuts door on U.S. talks, raising risk of provocations

The last time North Korea’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Pyongyang test-launched two short-range ballistic missiles about a day later.

Wednesday, Feb 1


The British offshore wind firm hoping to win big on Japan’s ‘trump card’

As more overseas companies arrive in the Asia Pacific in search of opportunities in the renewables industry, one U.K. firm sees Japan as the ideal ...