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For Minwoo Park's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
South Korean marines patrol the entrance to a beach on Yeonpyeong Island, near the Northern Limit Line sea boundary with North Korea, on Monday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 9, 2024
New tensions stir old fears on island near North Korean border
The breakdown of a military accord between the Koreas has left many on Yeonpyeong Island fearing they could be back in the firing line.
Lee Kyeong-sig, who runs a dog meat farm, feeds dogs in cages in Hwaseong, South Korea, on Tuesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Nov 27, 2023
South Korea's canine farmers protest proposed ban on dog meat
Despite its declining popularity and opposition from animal rights activists, previous attempts to ban dog meat have failed because of industry protests.
Police officers examine a scene where several people were stabbed and others hurt by a car driven by the suspected attacker in Seongnam, South Korea, on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 4, 2023
South Koreans shocked after back-to-back stabbing rampages
A man rammed his car into passers-by, then got out and stabbed multiple people in Seongnam on Thursday, leaving 14 people wounded, police said.
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.
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
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 5, 2022
'We are not your enemy,' say South Korean truckers striking for wage protections
Amid soaring fuel costs, as many as 25,000 truckers are calling on the government for a permanent minimum-pay system known as the "Safe Freight Rate."
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
Jul 16, 2021
South Korean youth fight 'click war' in hunt for COVID-19 vaccines
Many young South Koreans feel unfairly singled out by authorities as the main driver of its COVID-19 outbreak, even as the government prioritizes vaccine distribution to older people.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Jan 25, 2019
Concerned by high cost of raising children, many South Koreans opt to dote on pets
Kang Sung-il buys Sancho, his Pomeranian, a toy every business trip and will dress it up in a new $50 suit when he visits his mother this Lunar New Year holiday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
May 7, 2015
Korean pop band Bigbang back with new single after three years
South Korean boy band Bigbang is back on the music scene after a three-year hiatus, with a new single delving into the stresses of daily life.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation