Tim Kelly

Japan's military seek eighth straight annual hike in defence spending

30 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japan's military has asked for an eighth straight annual increase in defence spending to help pay for U.S.-made interceptor missiles, stealth fighters, and other equipment it wants to counter threats from North Korea and China.

African lender says China not trying to lead region into 'debt trap'

30 Aug 2019

YOKOHAMA, Japan China is not trying to lead African countries into a debt trap and provides critical investment along with other countries to close a funding gap for crucial infrastructure projects on the continent, the head of the regional lender said on Friday.

'Blind men': End of South Korea-Japan pact undermines bid to understand North Korea threats

23 Aug 2019

SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea's decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan could harm efforts to understand threats from North Korea, and potentially weaken the ability to monitor its missile launches, officials and analysts say.

Japan says South Korea fails to grasp North Korea threat with scrapping of pact

23 Aug 2019

TOKYO/SEOUL Japanese Minister of Defence Takeshi Iwaya said on Friday South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact was regrettable and showed it failed to appreciate the growing security threat posed by North Korea. | Video

Less bluster, but no compromise seen as South Korean, Japan ministers meet in China

20 Aug 2019

SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea and Japan have toned down the rhetoric but show little sign of compromise in a bitter political and economic dispute as their foreign ministers prepare to meet in China this week.

Japan PM Abe sends offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead: Kyodo

15 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but refrained from visiting in person amid tense ties with South Korea.

Japan officials hunt for reasons behind fire that killed 34

22 Jul 2019

KYOTO, Japan Japanese officials groped on Monday for answers to why a blaze tore through an animation company, amid reports that smoke spread so fast a majority of victims who tried to flee through a rooftop door could not open it in time to escape. | Video

A 'shy, talented drawer' - mourner remembers friend lost in Japan arson attack

21 Jul 2019

KYOTO, Japan The two men, friends since high school, were in touch on social media a week ago about getting together for a drink. But on Sunday, one was mourning the other, a victim of the arson attack on a Japanese animation studio that has claimed 34 lives.

'I don't have words': Boss of torched Japan animation studio mourns bright, young staff

20 Jul 2019

KYOTO, Japan Many victims of an arson attack on a Japanese animation studio were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the shaken company president said on Saturday, as the death toll climbed to 34.

Corrected: Suspected Japanese arsonist is ex-convict who believed studio stole his novel - media

20 Jul 2019

(Corrects to show that incident with neighbour was this month, not last month, in 18th paragraph) | Video

World News

Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with United States

Iran will never hold one-on-one talks with the United States but could engage in multilateral discussions if it returns to the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, according to state television.