The sinking of the Sewol ferry off South Korea raises new concerns about ship safety more than two years after the capsizing of the Costa Concordia ocean liner spurred a global campaign to improve passenger security.
Japan’s population slid for a third year with the proportion of people over the age of 65 at a global record, underscoring the challenge the world’s most- indebted economy faces in financing its aging society.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will fail to meet his goal of having women in 30 percent of management positions in the civil service by 2020 unless candidates are lured from private industry, the gender equality minister said in an interview.
Russian military planes have been flying near Japan “frequently,” Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says at a briefing today in Tokyo today. * “I am aware that Russian aircraft have been flying very frequently over the Japan Sea and the Pacific in the past few days. In general, there are more Russian flights, training and exercises near our country:” Onodera * Onodera says Russian jets have not infringed on Japan’s airspace * “It is not only Japan, but Russia that is paying close attention to the security environment in East Asia, such as U.S.-Korea exercises and events in North Korea:” Onodera * NOTE: Japan’s Air Self-Defense Forces dispatched jets to intercept four Russian planes on April 14, the Ministry of Defense said on its website
Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the frontrunner for Indonesia’s presidency, secured the backing of the National Democratic Party to ensure he has enough support to stand as a candidate in July elections.
Russia and the U.S. traded barbs at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to leave buildings they occupied amid escalating violence in eastern Ukraine.
Venezuela’s government held televised talks with the opposition for the first time since the outbreak of protests against inflation and rising crime that have roiled the nation and left at least 39 dead.
Philippine and U.S. negotiators reached agreement on key points of a pact to boost the American troop presence as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to counter China’s push for control of disputed South China Sea territory.
Taiwan should use trade talks with the U.S. to prove its commitment to economic reforms needed for entry to the broader Trans-Pacific Partnership before seeking to join that pact, said the U.S.’s unofficial envoy to the island.