South Korea says it has approved plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries, which benefit from fast-track trade status, a tit-for-tat move that intensifies a diplomatic and trade spat between the two countries.
Japan is considering offering medical aid to Iran when Prime Minister Abe Shinzo meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, diplomatic sources said Sunday.
South Korea said Wednesday it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan's "politically-motivated" export restrictions, upping the ante in an intensifying dispute with the neighbor.
South Korea is expected to put into effect its decision to drop Japan from a list of trusted trading partners later this month, Seoul's Trade Ministry said Sunday, amid a growing trade row between the two Asian neighbors.
Japan’s military has asked for an eighth straight annual increase in defense spending to help pay for US-made interceptor missiles, stealth fighters, and other equipment it wants to counter threats from its neighbors.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said on Friday he plans to do everything he can to ease tensions in the Middle East and wants to talk with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session that starts in September.
A museum in Japan’s Hokkaido is holding a rare exhibition on the culture of the Sami, an indigenous people of northern Europe and Russia, displaying some 140 items including their craftworks through October 14.