Hyung-jin Kim

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

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 ...