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New U.S. sanctions against Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will affect their short and long term relations, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said Tuesday.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that a new land-based missile defense system that the government here plans to introduce is "purely" for defensive purposes.

The Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) on Tuesday in its annual report on guideline for its member businesses urged they implement a 3 percent pay increase ahead of official wage negotiations in spring.

Singapore and Malaysia signed a bilateral agreement on the Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) on Tuesday which will connect the city-state and Malaysia's city Johor Bahru upon its completion in 2024.