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Andy Sharp

Abe's Coalition May Lose Two-Thirds Majority, Poll Shows

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition is projected to lose its two-thirds majority in Sunday’s general election, a Nikkei poll showed, potentially slowing the premier’s push to revise the nation’s pacifist constitution.

A North Korea Nuclear Strike on Tokyo and Seoul Could Kill 2.1 Million

As U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to destroy North Korea, even some of his closest aides have warned of the potentially disastrous effects of a war. New research published on the 38 North website points to just how catastrophic the impact might be on the regime’s neighbors.

North Korea Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapon to ‘Sink’ Japan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pressed China to cut oil exports in a bid to prod North Korea toward talks after Kim Jong Un’s regime threatened to sink Japan “into the sea” with a nuclear strike and turn the U.S. into “ashes and darkness” for agreeing to the latest UN sanctions.

North Korea Missiles Not Linked to Anniversaries: NK Pro

As the world waits for Kim Jong Un to blast another intercontinental ballistic missile to mark North Korea’s founding on Saturday, analysis of past provocations point to little correlation between key anniversaries in the country and its testing cycle.

North Korea Prepares for Possible ICBM Launch, South Korea Says

South Korea detected that North Korea is continuing to prepare for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile launch, an official said, a move that would further raise tensions a day after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation.

Trump Threatens New Sanctions After North Korea Nuclear Test

President Donald Trump threatened to increase economic sanctions and halt trade with any nation doing business with North Korea, and his defense chief said the U.S. has “many military options” after the regime said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb with “unprecedentedly big power.”

Xi, Abe Get Phone Calls From Trump as Asian Tensions Rise

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions dominated phone calls between Donald Trump and the leaders of Japan and China, as the U.S. president’s tougher stance on Kim Jong Un and pressure on nations in North Asia over trade sparks renewed tensions.

Rainforest Wood Breaches Tokyo Green Olympic Vow, Activists Say

Activist groups called for an independent investigation into the use of wood possibly originating from Malaysian forests for the construction of Tokyo’s Olympic stadium, saying it is a "significant breach" of the city’s commitment to a sustainable 2020 Games.

For Japan’s Abe, Diplomacy Is Set to Trump Economics in 2017

Shinzo Abe’s trip to Pearl Harbor later Monday, the first by a sitting Japanese prime minister in decades, presages a year filled with diplomatic and security challenges that are likely to keep economic reforms well down his list of priorities. As 2017 begins, Abe faces an international landscape fraught with uncertainty after U.S. voters elected Donald Trump, who has questioned the security framework that has defined Asia since World War II. That poses a risk for Japan, which relies on U.S. mil