Lee Byong Chul

For Lee Byong Chul's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 20, 2012

Testing times for U.S.-South Korean alliance

The United States is now wrestling with the nuclear fears of two close allies — Israel and South Korea. Israel’s alarm at the prospect of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon is existential in nature. The same is true of South Korea, whose capital sits ...

Jan 23, 2012

Spring erosion of Seoul's ruling party forecast

The ascension to power of the pudgy 29-year-old Kim Jong Un in North Korea has grabbed headlines around the world, but the most important story involving Korean young people and politics is taking place in the South. Young voters are becoming angrier, more politically ...

Jul 14, 2011

A daughter of dictatorship and democracy

It is something of a cliché question in South Korea nowadays: Who would be the country’s next president if the election were held tomorrow, rather than in December 2012? Numerous opinion polls show Park Geun Hye of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) to ...

Aug 14, 2010

North Korea's 'Dear Leader' cleans house

SEOUL — There was a time, not long after the Cold War’s end, when almost everyone assumed that North Korea would soon collapse. The sudden death in 1994 of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the tyrannical, economically disastrous North Korean experiment, reinforced this ...