S.Korea: New type of missile fired by North
NHK -- Jul 26
South Korea's National Security Council on Thursday concluded that the two projectiles fired earlier in the day from the North were short-range ballistic missiles of a new type.

It expressed deep concern by saying the missile launch does not help in the efforts to ease the military tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The country's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that two projectiles were fired at about 5:34 a.m. and 5:57 a.m. toward the Sea of Japan from an area near the North's eastern town of Wonsan.

It says both missiles were fired from mobile launchers and flew at a maximum altitude of over 50 kilometers. It says the first one flew about 430 kilometers and the second one more than 690 kilometers.

The NSC says it will work with the United States to make a further assessment.

On Tuesday, North Korea's state-run media reported that the country's leader Kim Jong Un had inspected a new submarine for operation in the Sea of Japan.

Kim may have been present at the missile firing as he was when a short-range missile was fired in May.

News source: NHK
Sep 12
Nearly seven years in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that his handpicked ministers and ruling party lawmakers will give him a firmer -- and possibly longer -- grip on power. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
New Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star in Japan, said Wednesday he will encourage increased innovation in the country in the fight against human-driven climate change. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star touted as a future Japanese leader, his first ministerial post in a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
The World Trade Organization upheld on Tuesday an earlier decision urging South Korea to take corrective action over its antidumping duties on pneumatic valves imported from Japan. (Kyodo)
Sep 08
An undeclared North Korean ballistic missile base in the country's southwest hosts medium-range missiles capable of striking half of Japan and anywhere in South Korea, a U.S. think tank says. (Japan Today)
Sep 07
Japan has decided to reject South Korea’s offer to extend a military intelligence-sharing pact scheduled to expire in November in exchange for Tokyo easing retightened trade controls, government sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
Sep 03
As the hike in the consumption tax approaches, consumers and businesses are worried about the confusion that might erupt from differing rates for similar goods. (Japan Times)
Sep 02
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to reshuffle his Cabinet later this month, attention is turning to who might get what posts, and from which Liberal Democratic Party factions any new ministers might be from. ()
Aug 29
The Defense Ministry presented a detailed plan on Wednesday for new surveys at candidate sites for deploying the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system. (Japan Times)
Aug 28
Japan has removed South Korea from a list of trading partners entitled to simplified export procedures. Some companies may need to submit extra paperwork, depending on the items they want to sell. (NHK)