1. Japan (472.417 applications for patents in 2012)│ 2. China (435.608)│ 3. USA (432.298)│ 4. South Korea (187.454)│ 5. Germany (172.764)│ Source: WIPO
Donald Trump's first official visit to South Korea is an indicator of how the decades-old alliance between Washington and Seoul will shape up in the near future. The US leader sharply divides public opinion in the South.
In classrooms and corporations, young Japanese are forced to toe the line — but critics say it stifles individuality and initiative, while change will only come very gradually. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Amid serious tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the US and South Korea have begun their joint military exercises. For Pyongyang, the drills are a prelude to invading North Korea. Fabian Kretschmer reports from Seoul.
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