Heesu Lee
For Heesu Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Daniel Calvert accepted the award for Asia's best eatery on behalf of Sezanne, a French restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Mar 31, 2024
Tokyo's Sezanne reigns supreme as Asia's best restaurant
Against the best restaurants Asia has to offer, Japan captured nine of the top 50 spots.
Smoke rises from the Posco steel mill in Pohang, South Korea.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 26, 2024
South Korea’s biggest polluters made millions from carbon sales
Seoul was one of the first in Asia to start an emissions-trading system, but it has fallen short of encouraging industrial polluters to reduce pollution.
People walk past a television screen showing a broadcast with file footage of South Korean lawmaker Bae Hyun-jin, at a railway station in Seoul on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
South Korean lawmaker treated for cuts to head following attack
Bae Hyun-jin, of the ruling party, was struck several times by the assailant who was wearing a dark coat and had his face covered.
BTS fans at an event in Seoul on June 17
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 3, 2023
K-pop fans fight big coal to protect beach made famous by BTS
Environmental groups are aiming to harness the immense influence that K-pop enthusiasts have to fight climate change.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 6, 2023
Seafood and beauty exports at risk over Fukushima waste disposal plan
China and Hong Kong, both major importers of Japanese goods, have reiterated concerns over the plan even after the International Atomic Energy Agency said the disposal strategy is safe.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Ancient Amazon charcoal seen as next big thing in carbon markets
Known as biochar, this black substance can store carbon for hundreds of years and improve soil quality at the same time.
Japan Times
Dec 3, 2022
South Korea’s intense strike culture builds pressure on President Yoon Suk-yeol
South Korea is emerging as one of the most visible hot spots for growing labor discontent, as workers around the world demand safer conditions and better wage systems.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 23, 2022
U.S. climate law offers major boost to Korean clean energy firms
Washington's goal to cut dependence on equipment from China, which dominates many of these markets, should also give Korean firms a competitive edge.
Japan Times
Aug 8, 2022
Carbon prices in Asia are too cheap to help curb emissions
Asia is struggling to adopt ambitious pollution pricing instruments, especially at a time of soaring inflation, rising energy prices and economic instability.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2022
Asia’s $350 billion gas build-out stirs energy debate
That boom is aimed at allowing economies including China, the Philippines and Vietnam to avoid burning more coal, although it still risks locking in the use of fossil fuels for decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2022
South Korea's giant floating solar flowers offer hope for unpopular large-scale projects
The 17 giant flowers on the 19-kilometer-long reservoir in Hapcheon are able to generate 41 megawatts, enough to power 20,000 homes, according to the firm that built the plant.
Japan Times
Feb 10, 2022
South Korea’s nuclear energy future is a new election battleground
South Korea's top presidential candidates are offering diverging visions on nuclear power, though both agree the nation must soften its plans to phase it out to meet climate targets.
Japan Times
Jan 21, 2022
Surging gasoline costs unsettle Asia as inflation poses challenge
South Korea has taken steps to ensure a steady supply of the key fuel while tracking prices, and Japan may soon hand aid to local refiners.
Japan Times
Jul 8, 2021
Innovations speed race to put more wind turbines on seabed
South Korea is cutting the time it takes to construct and install an offshore turbine, from as long as three months to just a matter of days.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2021
Why global power grids are still vulnerable to cyberattacks
More than five years after massive cyberattacks left a quarter of a million Ukrainians without electricity, the world’s power grids have become even more vulnerable to hackers.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2020
As COVID-19 roars through U.S. jails, South Korea may provide template
South Korea has reported only two COVID-19 clusters, with a total of 14 infections, in a jail system that's home to some 55,000 detainees.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2019
Japan's feud with South Korea threatens heating fuel shortage
Consumers may pay a higher price to stay warm this winter if South Korea bans exports of heating fuel to Japan as the bilateral trade feud deepens.
Japan Times
Jan 16, 2015
Fukushima meltdowns pervade Korean debate on extending reactor life
South Korea's nuclear regulator may decide as soon as today whether to extend the operating license for the Wolsong No. 1 nuclear reactor, the first to come up for renewal since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in neighboring Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2014
South Korean class trip to resort island turned into horror with sinking
It was supposed to be their last bit of teenage fun.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on