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Hyonhee Shin
For Hyonhee Shin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 21, 2023
South Korea's Yoon says Japan will be back on trade 'white list'
Yoon announced the decision at a cabinet meeting, saying South Korea and Japan should make efforts to remove obstacles that hinder developing bilateral ties.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Mar 13, 2023
Seoul to bid for 2036 Games without Pyongyang, says mayor
Seoul will remain flexible to the idea of holding a few events in the Demilitarized Zone or Pyongyang if relations improve enough by that time.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 13, 2023
Seoul mayor calls for South Korean nuclear weapons to counter threat from North
Oh, an influential member of President Yoon Suk-yeol's People Power Party, is one of the highest-profile officials to advocate for a South Korean nuclear weapons program.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 26, 2023
North Korea's Kim mobilizes young laborers in new housing plan
The plan begins despite a deepening food crisis in North Korea amid sanctions over its weapons programs and the fallout from COVID-19 lockdowns.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 17, 2023
South Korea and U.S. to hold nuclear drills amid growing threats from North
It would be the nations' first such exercises since the two countries agreed last year to hold them annually,
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2023
South Korean victims of Japan forced labor accuse Seoul of rushing compensation
The two countries have been at odds over 2018 rulings by South Korea's Supreme Court that ordered Japanese firms to compensate some of the forced laborers.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2023
South Korea defense paper calls North 'enemy' and estimates plutonium stockpile at 70 kg
The biennial white paper offers a glimpse into the reclusive North's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles, as well as its conventional military capabilities.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2023
In South Korea, free subway rides for the elderly become a political headache
In the greater Seoul area, where almost 3.7 million people are 65 or older, more than 233 million free rides were taken last year.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 8, 2023
South Korea's parliament votes to impeach minister over Halloween crush
As many as 159 people were killed and 196 injured in the Oct. 29 incident, when revelers flooded narrow alleyways in the popular nightlife district of Itaewon.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 1, 2023
South Korean court rejects temple's claim to statue it says pirates pillaged
The 20-inch gilt bronze statue of a Buddhist Bodhisattva was stolen from a Japanese temple in 2012 by South Korean thieves, who were caught trying to sell it after returning home.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 4, 2023
South Korea warns of ending military pact after North Korean drone intrusion
The deal calls for ceasing 'all hostile acts,' creating a no-fly zone around the border, and removing landmines and guard posts within the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 3, 2023
North Korea's No. 2 military official fired
State television showed Pak Jong Chon sitting in the front row of the podium with his head down during the meeting while other members raised their hands to vote on personnel issues.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 28, 2022
North Korea's Kim unveils new military goals at key party meeting
Kim's remarks could indicate the isolated country will continue to accelerate its military buildup.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 30, 2022
How Halloween parties turned deadly in a popular Seoul district
The intimacy of backstreets in the Itaewon district turned sinister this Halloween weekend, with a deadly crush killing at least 151 people.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Oct 28, 2022
Deal for reducing military tensions with North Korea could go 'back to square one'
With talks long stalled, recent drills and shows of force along the fortified border between the two Koreas have cast doubts on the future of the 2018 agreement.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Oct 21, 2022
Reports shed new light on last hours of South Korean slain by North in 2020
Documents from a parliamentary inquiry, the coast guard and a human rights watchdog provide previously unpublished details about the case.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2022
Japan, South Korea and U.S. stage anti-submarine drills amid North Korea tension
The U.S. Navy said the drills will enhance interoperability and tactical and technical coordination between the three countries.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 10, 2022
South Korea and China foreign ministers discuss North Korea and K-pop ban
On the agenda was boosting cultural and people-to-people exchanges as well as restarting exports of K-pop and Korean movies, dramas and games, which have been effectively banned in China.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 4, 2022
Nancy Pelosi vows support for denuclearization of North Korea during Seoul visit
Pelosi also said at a news conference that she and her South Korean counterpart discussed ways to boost cooperation on regional security and economic and climate issues.

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