Trump to meet North Korea's Kim at DMZ

The Japan Times

OSAKA/TOKYO - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas on Sunday, Trump said. A day after Trump took to Twitter to invite the North Korean dictator to meet at the DMZ during a planned visit there, the U.S. president said the meeting would see the two "just shake hands and say hello." Trump made the announcement during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Earlier, Trump had said the meeting "will be very short, but that's OK. A handshake means a lot."

Abe focuses on North Korea ahead of Lower House election, but does his policy set him apart?

The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cited dealing with North Korea as a key policy point ahead of Sunday's Lower House election, even though few parties differ over their approach and in-depth discussions have yet to be held on the issue. While campaigning, Abe, who also heads the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is seeking support for Tokyo's hard-line stance on the reclusive communist state over its nuclear and missile provocations. "We must now put pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies," Abe said to kick off a street speech in the city of Kagoshima on Friday. "We must never waver" on the issue, Abe added. Kagoshima Prefecture is the home of Shuichi Ichikawa and Rumiko Masumoto, who were kidnapped by North Korea in August 1978 when they were in their 20s.

Huge Twitter hijack forces accounts to post swastikas, Nazi messages and pro-Erdogan propaganda

The Independent - Tech

Thousands of Twitter accounts have been posting horrifying messages in Turkish, and there is nothing their owners can do about it. Many of the world's biggest publishers, companies and personalities have had their accounts taken over and used to post Nazi swastikas and references to Germany and the Netherlands. The messages are written in Turkish, make reference to the country's political situation and come amid heightened tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands after the latter kicked out two Turkish ministers and banned them from rallying. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.

Iran's foreign minister says US sanctions 'unacceptable'

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, walks to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, May 16, 2019. Iran's foreign minister has said his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating U.S. sanctions "unacceptable" as he met with Japanese officials in Tokyo amid rising tensions in the Middle East.(AP Saudi Arabia said drones attacked one of its pipeline.; TOKYO – Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal but that the escalating U.S. sanctions are "unacceptable." The remarks come amid rising tensions in the Mideast, with allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, a drone attack by Yemen's Iranian-allied rebels and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

In New Year's statement, Abe vows to step up peace treaty talks with Russia in 2019

The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledged to step up talks with Russia to conclude a postwar peace treaty, among other major diplomatic challenges this year. "Japan will draw the global spotlight as we will welcome top world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, as host of the Group of 20 summit" in Osaka in June. Tokyo and Moscow have yet to sign a peace treaty to formally end wartime hostilities due to a dispute over four islands off Hokkaido that are controlled by Russia and claimed by Japan. The islands were seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. Abe and Putin agreed in November to accelerate talks based on a 1956 joint statement, in which Moscow agreed to hand over the two smaller islands to Tokyo after a peace pact is concluded.