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Josh Smith
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Mar 29, 2018
How will Kim tell his country he's ready to give up nuclear arms?
State media calls North Korea's nuclear weapons a "treasured sword of justice."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Feb 24, 2018
'Peace Games' are no game-changer for South Koreans
South Korea's self-styled "Peace Games" have been a sporting success, but public reaction suggests Seoul may have failed its bigger test — to generate the support the president needs to make bold moves to improve ties with old enemy North Korea.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 10, 2018
The challenge of turning inter-Korean thaw into longer-term detente
A day of smiles and jokes at the first inter-Korean talks in two years quickly evaporated Tuesday night when the North's chief negotiator threatened to walk out after the South Korean side brought up Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 22, 2017
Inside Kim Jong Un's inner circle, top aides' fates shift
When Kim Jong Un sat down in September to order the sixth and largest of North Korea's nuclear tests, Hwang Pyong So sat by his side, his khaki military uniform conspicuous among the suits at the table, photos released by state media at the time showed.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Nov 9, 2017
Trump's tone during visit to Seoul largely reassures South Koreans
By the time U.S. President Donald Trump departed Seoul on Wednesday, the sometimes bellicose leader seemed to have mollified South Koreans, who had been bracing for more confrontational rhetoric over North Korea, trade, and defense spending.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan