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For Hyonhee Shin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Blue Jays' Ryu Hyun-jin throws during a game against the Rays in September.
BASEBALL
Feb 22, 2024
Former Blue Jays pitcher Ryu returns to South Korea with Hanwha
The 36-year-old left-hander's deal with the Eagles, where Ryu played from 2006 to 2012, includes the most guaranteed money ever for a KBO player.
A South Korean soldier stands guard at the Joint Security Area in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas on Feb. 7, 2023. Since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a stalemate, both nations have had policies that treat each other differently than other countries.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 4, 2024
In threatening shift, Pyongyang moves to redefine relations with Seoul
Changes to North Korean policy and government organizations effectively treat South Korea as a separate, enemy state.
South Korea's opposition party leader Lee Jae-myung, in Busan, South Korea, on Tuesday before he was attacked
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
South Korea opposition chief attacked during visit to Busan
Lee was stabbed in the neck as he spoke with reporters, and his attacker was captured at the scene.
Yuka Tada and her friend pose for a photograph at a BTS fan cafe in Tokyo.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 12, 2023
BTS members head for South Korea military service; fans vow to wait
With three members already serving, the remaining four members of the K-pop supergroup begin their 18-month service.
North Korea has tightened its borders further over the past few years.
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Dec 8, 2023
Up to 600 North Korean defectors deported by China 'vanish,' report says
The defectors may face imprisonment, torture, sexual violence and execution in the isolated state, the report warned.
Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the U.S. showed "extreme double standards" at this week's meeting of the U.N. Security Council over North Korea's recent launch of its first spy satellite.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
North Korea says it will not negotiate sovereignty with U.S.
North Korea criticized the United States as "double-faced" for offering talks while ramping up military activities in the region.
Passengers at a railway station in Seoul watch a news report on North Korea firing a space rocket, on Aug. 24.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 10, 2023
Satellite key amid U.S. 'space militarization,' says North Korea
An article in state media singled out a recent trip by the U.S. Space Force commander to Tokyo and deployment of a Space Force component in South Korea.
Protesters shout slogans and raise banners reading "Don't throw polluted water into the sea! Keep your promises" during a rally against Japan's plan to discharge treated radioactive water from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima plant into the ocean, in front of the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Aug 18, 2023
Fukushima water release poses test for Japan-South Korea unity
The dumping of radioactive water may happen days after a summit in which the U.S. wants Japan and South Korea to lock in friendly ties.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un stands on a multipurpose armored vehicle after a visit to an important munitions factory at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 14, 2023
Kim Jong Un calls for more missiles ahead of South Korea and U.S. drills
Seoul and Washington say the exercises are staged to improve their ability to respond to Pyongyang's evolving nuclear and missile threats.
A policeman stands next to a scene where several people have been stabbed and others hurt in Seongnam, South Korea, on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 4, 2023
14 hurt in South Korea stabbing incident near Seoul
The unexplained attack in Seongnam came days after another rare stabbing attack in South Korea which killed one person and wounded three others.
A crew patrols on the deck of U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Kentucky anchored at Busan Naval Base, in Busan, South Korea, on July 19.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 24, 2023
Second U.S. submarine arrives in South Korea amid tensions with North Korea
The USS Annapolis entered a naval base in South Korea's southern island of Jeju, to load military supplies while on an unspecified operational mission, the South Korean navy said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 12, 2023
South Korea's Yoon asks to send experts to monitor Fukushima water release
The two leaders held a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Lithuania, during which they also condemned North Korea"s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 30, 2023
Zelenskyy urges South Korea to provide defense systems, report says
Zelenskyy expressed gratitude over Seoul"s pledge to send de-mining vehicles and aid totaling some $230 million, but said Ukraine wanted anti-aircraft and early warning systems.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 26, 2023
South Korea says homegrown space rocket has put satellite into orbit
The Nuri rocket lifted off from Naro Space Center on Thursday in its third flight after technical glitches caused the launch to be cancelled a day earlier.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 24, 2023
South Korea's Yoon to meet Biden as doubts grow over nuclear umbrella
Yoon"s trip is the first state visit to the U.S. by a South Korean leader in 12 years and will mark the 70th anniversary of a partnership that has helped anchor U.S. strategy in Asia.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 19, 2023
South Korea's Yoon opens door for possible military aid to Ukraine
It was the first time that Seoul suggested a willingness to provide weapons to Ukraine, more than a year after ruling out the possibility of lethal aid.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 13, 2023
South Koreans battling addiction find little support
Counselors have been trying to build more rehabilitation centers, but requests for government funding are said to fail amid poor awareness about the need for more facilities.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 12, 2023
South Korea to lend 500,000 rounds of artillery shells to U.S., report says
South Korea"s defense ministry said the allies have been exploring ways to support Ukraine but declined to confirm specific discussions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 6, 2023
North Korea says U.S.-South Korea drills push tension to 'brink of nuclear war'
State media KCNA released a commentary criticizing the exercises as "a trigger for driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 22, 2023
South Korea indicts opposition leader Lee Jae-myung over property graft
Lee, chair of the main opposition Democratic Party, faces several charges, including bribery, corruption, breach of trust and conflicts of interests.

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