Foster Klug

For Foster Klug's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

Apr 23, 2014

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured on video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. Lee had ...

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

Apr 18, 2014

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday. By the time the order came, however, he said it had become impossible to ...

Asia's worst-smelling fish a South Korean delicacy

| Apr 17, 2014

Asia's worst-smelling fish a South Korean delicacy

The aroma of one of South Korea’s most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms — and that is by its fans. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skates, a cartilage-rich fish that looks like ...

'Comfort women' running out of time

Feb 13, 2014

'Comfort women' running out of time

A single picture captures the regret, shame and rage that Kim Gun-ja has harbored through most of her 89 years. Dressed in a long white wedding gown, she carries a bouquet of red flowers and stares at the camera, her deep wrinkles obscured by ...

Seoul report on Kim purge open to doubt

| Dec 5, 2013

Seoul report on Kim purge open to doubt

The claim by South Korea’s spy agency that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un probably sacked the country’s second-most-powerful official — his uncle — is intriguing news. But the first question is, is it true? Seoul’s National Intelligence Service has a spotty record of ...

U.S. vet held in North aided resistance

Dec 4, 2013

U.S. vet held in North aided resistance

An 85-year-old U.S. veteran being held in North Korea spent his war years there in one of the Army's first special forces unit, helping a clandestine group of Korean partisans who were fighting and spying well behind enemy lines.