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Hyonhee Shin
For Hyonhee Shin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2022
South Korea seeks to kick-start talks to resolve historical feuds with Japan
The high-level visit to Tokyo by South Korean officials comes amid concerns the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could disrupt efforts to mend ties.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 20, 2022
North Korea's Dr. Fauci? Health official emerges as face of COVID campaign.
The little-known official, Ryu Yong Chol, has become the public face of the isolated country's battle against the coronavirus.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 13, 2022
North Korea reports first COVID-19 death as fever 'explosively spreads'
About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation after a fever of unidentified origin has 'explosively spread nationwide' since late April, the KCNA news agency said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 22, 2022
North Korea's Kim offers rare praise for South's departing Moon
Analysts are skeptical that the message heralds an improvement in relations and warn that the praise could be a bid to portray Moon's successor as responsible for any deterioration in ties.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 23, 2022
South Korea presidential front-runner seeks to 'reset' China ties with extra THAAD missile system
The top foreign policy adviser to Yoon Seok-youl said the candidate would ditch the current administration's strategic ambiguity in relations between Washington and Beijing.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2022
North Korea celebrates late Kim Jong Il's birthday without military event
Kim Jong Un attended the gathering at the northern alpine town of Samjiyon, which is near the border with China and Mount Paektu, the holy mountain where Kim's family claims its roots.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Feb 15, 2022
South Korean presidential race kicks off as scandals mar both main candidates' campaigns
The race between the country's two leading parties, set to be the tightest in 20 years, has dominated by allegations that may make a third challenger kingmaker.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 8, 2022
North Korea calls for economic growth despite 'persevering struggle'
The country faces mounting economic woes amid sanctions over its weapons programs and COVID-19 lockdowns, which sharply cut trade with China, its major ally and economic lifeline.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 2, 2022
North Korea documentary shows limping Kim as he tackles 'worst-ever hardships'
International media, intelligence agencies and experts closely watch Kim's health due to his tight grip on power and the uncertainty over succession plans.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 20, 2022
North Korea warns it may rethink moratorium on nuclear and missile tests
Some analysts warn of the possibility of tests around the 80th and 110th anniversaries of the birthdays of Kim Jong Un's late father and grandfather in February and April.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 8, 2022
U.S. forces in South Korea raise COVID-19 alert amid record infections
The U.S. military's plan in South Korea will ban dining at restaurants outside the bases and visiting indoor malls, bars, clubs, gyms, amusement parks, theaters and massage parlors
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 4, 2022
South Korea's conservatives falter in election race
Deepening internal strife and a series of political blunders are throwing the campaign of the leading presidential candidate from South Korea's opposition into disarray.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 31, 2021
South Korean ex-president Park freed after nearly 5 years in prison
President Moon Jae-in granted a special pardon to Park last week, citing her deteriorating health.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 30, 2021
South Korea presidential candidate pushes for nuclear-powered submarines
Lee Jae-myung also pledged to put aside 'strategic ambiguity' in the face of an intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalry, vowing pragmatic diplomacy instead.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 2, 2021
U.S. and South Korea to update war plans while urging diplomacy with North Korea
North Korea has continued to rebuff entreaties for diplomacy since U.S. President Joe Biden took over from Donald Trump, who had three summits with leader Kim Jong Un.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 20, 2021
South Korea's beaches face threat from development and rising seas
Economic expansion is chewing away at some of the country's most popular beaches — a trend exacerbated by climate change, which has brought rising water levels and unpredictable weather.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 19, 2021
South Korea scrambles jets as Chinese and Russian warplanes enter air defense zone
Moscow doesn't recognize the zone, while Beijing said that all countries should have freedom of movement there.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 16, 2021
North Korea's Kim visits new city in first public appearance in over a month
The city is part of a push for a 'self-reliant' economy as the country faces international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 22, 2021
Moon's push for South Korean military independence may echo far beyond his presidency
South Korea's defense budget is at new highs, with less restrictions on its missile program and plans for the nation's first aircraft carrier, among other advanced weapons.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 20, 2021
Arriving in fighter jet, South Korea's Moon Jae-in urges defense industry growth
The military display came a day after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.

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