Hyung-jin Kim

For Hyung-jin Kim's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Elderly prostitutes reveal South Korea's dark side

Sep 27, 2015

Elderly prostitutes reveal South Korea's dark side

As a dozen elderly men loitered in a small plaza near a movie theater, mostly chatting or watching people pass by, several deeply wrinkled women strolled among them, trolling for customers for sex in nearby motels. “Hey, do you want to go with me? ...

Defectors play big role in North Korea rumor mill

Nov 16, 2014

Defectors play big role in North Korea rumor mill

Video secretly taken in North Korea shows public executions by firing squad. The country is said to have begun a currency revaluation that has turned disastrous. Leader Kim Jong Un is reported to have thrown in his aides’ faces South Korean leaflets containing rumors ...

S. Korean sex-change doc: I fix 'God's slips'

Apr 2, 2014

S. Korean sex-change doc: I fix 'God's slips'

As Dr. Kim Seok-kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the “father of South Korean ...

Bear farms dying in South Korea

Feb 9, 2014

Bear farms dying in South Korea

Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They have been ...