Sibling spy case spotlights North Korean defectors

May 27, 2013

Sibling spy case spotlights North Korean defectors

Earlier this year, one of the most prominent North Korean defectors, Yoo Woo Sung, walked out of his apartment building in Seoul and found four South Korean government vehicles waiting for him. Authorities hauled Yoo away and arrested him on charges of espionage. They ...

Yeonpyeong attack raised South Korea's resolve

Apr 16, 2013

Yeonpyeong attack raised South Korea's resolve

North Korea’s fatal artillery attack on the border island of Yeonpyeong over two years ago uprooted old wooden houses from their foundations. One shell punctured the concrete side of a soccer stadium, another struck a rooftop oil tank. Residents rushed to underground bunkers, and ...

Apr 8, 2013

With latest tensions, Seoul puts North at arm's length

Despite years of tensions, a majority of South Koreans have long clung to a cautiously optimistic vision for their peninsula’s future. Even if North and South Korea weren’t one day unified, the thinking went, the countries would at least be connected by joint business ...

Work resumes on Aomori's new Oma nuclear plant

Mar 12, 2013

Work resumes on Aomori's new Oma nuclear plant

At the remote northwestern tip of a snowy peninsula, beyond a small road of fishing shacks and empty one-story homes, 600 construction workers and engineers are building a brand-new nuclear plant for a country still recovering from the most severe atomic disaster since Chernobyl. ...

Schools have knack for healthy meals

Jan 31, 2013

Schools have knack for healthy meals

In Japan, school lunch means a regular meal, not one that harms your health. The food is grown locally and almost never frozen. There’s no mystery behind the meat. From time to time, parents even call up with an unusual question: Can they get ...

China may prevent Korean unification: U.S. report

Jan 20, 2013

China may prevent Korean unification: U.S. report

A recent report by Republican staff members in the U.S. Senate warns that China, because of its deepening economic ties with North Korea as well as its ancient claims on Korean land, could attempt to “manage, and conceivably block,” the eventual unification of the ...

In North Korea, a leader rises while brothers fade

Jan 9, 2013

In North Korea, a leader rises while brothers fade

Kim Jong Un is portrayed in North Korea’s official state media as a leader without comparison, blessed with a supreme bloodline, flanked by a supportive wife and endowed with the “brilliant” ability to revamp the economy, command an army and guide the space program. ...

'Motherly leader' in final poll push

Dec 19, 2012

'Motherly leader' in final poll push

South Korea has the chance Wednesday to elect a woman to its top office, an unprecedented step in a nation long dominated by boardrooms of men and ranked only slightly ahead of most Islamic countries when it comes to gender equality. The outcome of ...

'Republic of Samsung' viewed warily at home

Dec 12, 2012

'Republic of Samsung' viewed warily at home

FOCUS So sprawling is Samsung Electronics’ modern-day empire that some South Koreans say it has become possible to live a “Samsung-only” life: You can use a Samsung credit card to buy a Samsung TV on which to watch a Samsung-owned pro baseball team in ...