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Jihye Lee
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 12, 2021
South Korea’s youngest political boss pushes China on democracy
Harvard-educated Lee Jun-seok, the newly installed leader of the People Power Party, said in an interview that he aims to harness generational change.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 25, 2021
South Korea to use AI and drones to track illegal Chinese fishing trawlers
Chinese fishing is increasing security risks near South Korea's tense nautical border, a top Cabinet member in Seoul said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 19, 2021
Women in military becomes gender battleground in South Korea
Conscription has fostered employment perks that can benefit men when they complete their military service — and put women at a disadvantage as they start their careers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 22, 2021
South Korea hints it may strengthen military ties with Japan
The South Korean defense minister's comments come after a visit by top Biden officials and as the two U.S. allies work to boost regional security against threats such as North Korea.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 5, 2021
South Korea presidential hopeful prods Biden over North Korea
Lee Nak-yon, who served as Moon's first prime minister until January 2020, has emerged in opinion polls as a top contender to represent Moon's progressive bloc in elections next year.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 26, 2021
Seoul may elect first female mayor as scandal stirs Moon’s party
The suicide of Seoul's mayor amid sexual harassment allegations shamed South Korea's male-dominated society and the election to replace him is now turning into a battle over women's rights.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Feb 12, 2020
Shock 'Parasite' Oscar cements South Korea's status as a cultural powerhouse
South Korea's status as a cultural juggernaut just got a serious shot of international credibility.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 15, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in faces crisis with echoes of predecessor Park's downfall
Three years ago, Moon Jae-in was among the masses on the streets of Seoul seeking to oust a president accused of ignoring the people's will. Now, his own presidency is facing a similar crisis.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2019
Japan-South Korea feud starts to cast shadow over 2020 Olympics
A deepening feud between Japan and South Korea threatens to undercut next year's Tokyo Olympic Games as the two sides spar over whether spectators could wave Rising Sun flags during the event.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jul 11, 2019
No exit in sight from worst Japan-South Korea dispute in decades
Japan and South Korea say they're willing to meet over Tokyo's move to tighten regulations on vital tech exports to its neighbor, but neither has much political incentive to climb down from one of their worst economic disputes in decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 1, 2019
After summit collapse, North Korea's Kim vows to meet Trump again
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to meet again with President Donald Trump to continue nuclear negotiations after a two-day summit between the leaders collapsed Thursday amid discord over sanctions and conflicting accounts of Pyongyang's demands.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 23, 2019
North Korea's surprise new nuclear envoy key to Trump-Kim talks
What little is known about the man North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tapped to prepare his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump suggests he's more familiar with defending Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal than giving it up.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 3, 2019
There's a radical plan to make South Korea's legislature 50% female
Some South Korean women are so frustrated by the country's stubborn gender pay gap that they are seeking a radical shift: equal political representation.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 16, 2019
'Baby Shark' driving you crazy? Its creator warns penguins are next
"Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)" is the YouTube sensation that's been viewed more than 2 billion times and made the Billboard Hot 100 chart last week as its top new entrant. The jingle has also become such an earworm that late-night-show host Jimmy Kimmel proposed throwing those responsible in...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jan 11, 2019
Moon Jae-in doubles down on his unpopular economic agenda for South Korea
Moon Jae-in began his second full year as South Korea's president with a reminder of what didn't work in the first — namely his economic policies.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 9, 2018
Mike Pompeo faced hard bargain from start of his Pyongyang trip
From the moment U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Sunday, North Korean officials made clear who was in control and how little space the top U.S. diplomat would have in setting the terms of the discussion that would follow.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 29, 2018
'Fake refugees, get out': How South Koreans are channeling Trump
On the South Korean island of Jeju, a tourist hot spot famed for blue waters and sandy beaches, Lee Hyang is angry.

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