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U.S. State Department says spokeswoman and ex-Fox reporter Heather Nauert out as pick for U.N. ambassador

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks with reporters as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on while flying from Panama to Mexico last October. | REUTERS

Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, ...

Bernie Sanders records presidential campaign video as Joe Biden closer to deciding own White House bid

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. Independent Sen. from Vermont Bernie Sanders attends the confirmation hearing of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday. | AFP-JIJI

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has recorded a video announcing a 2020 run for president, Politico reported Saturday, an indication that he plans to enter the ...

China rebuffs Germany’s call for U.S. missile pact with Russia

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, speaks during the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | REUTERS

China rejected on Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the United States accuses Russia of breaching, ...

Nuclear fears haunt leaders with U.S.-Russian arms pact’s demise

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speak during their bilateral talks at the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark arms control treaty with Russia is turning the worst fears of a dangerous weapons ...

Half of Japan’s regional banks to back Mizuho Bank’s new cashless payment system

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019


About half of around 100 regional banks in Japan will introduce a new cashless payment system developed by Mizuho Financial Group Inc. starting in late ...

India hosts first world championships of ‘yoga on a pole’

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

An Indian performs at the Mallakhamb World Championships in Mumbai on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Wearing only underpants, Pavel Kalina twists his body up a wooden pole before performing a handstand at the top in the first world championships of ...

Male privilege: The rural Hong Kong men who have special rights

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Democracy activist William Liu poses in the courtyard of Liu Man She Tong, an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan in Hong Kong's

Sitting in the spacious courtyard of an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan, William Liu defiantly rejects a lucrative birthright that his special status ...

K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution

By Eric Talmadge
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

A guide stands near a display for basketball shoes in a product exhibition room at the Ryuwon Shoe Factory, which specializes in sports footwear, in Pyongyang on Feb. 1. | AP

Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch.North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics ...

Bank of Japan’s growing global challenges

By Sayuri Shirai
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019


It will be a very long time before the Bank of Japan takes any clear steps toward normalization.

Why the world shouldn’t expect North Korea to denuclearize

By Robert E. Kelly
- via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

We likely need to adjust to the medium-term reality of North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.

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