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Ju-min Park
For Ju-min Park's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Medical school students discuss striking against the government's medical policies, in Seoul in August 2020. The proposal at the time was shelved after intense opposition.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 16, 2024
South Korean trainee doctors quit to protest plan to add more physicians
Doctors throughout the country held rallies on Thursday, calling on the government to scrap the plan.
Workers on a production line manufacturing false eyelashes at a workshop of Monsheery in Pingdu, China, in November
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 4, 2024
How North Korean eyelashes arrive in the West as 'made in China'
North Korea exported 1,680 tons of false eyelashes, beards and wigs to China in 2023, worth around $167 million.
South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol and his wife Kim Keon-hee have been plunged into controversy after hidden camera footage emerged appearing to show Kim accepting a Dior bag as a gift.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 24, 2024
'Dior bag scandal' mars South Korean ruling party before election
The controversy over the apparent acceptance of a gift by his wife may threaten Yoon Suk-yeol's bid to reclaim a parliamentary majority in April's election.
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.
People watch a news broadcast showing file footage of North Korea firing artillery, at a railway station in Seoul on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 5, 2024
South Korea evacuates islands after North fires artillery nearby
The firing by North Korea caused no civilian or military damage in the South, South Korea's military said.
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.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (center) meets his South Korean counterpart, Shin Won-sik (left), in Seoul on Sunday with Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara joining them online.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 12, 2023
U.S., Japan and South Korea defense chiefs to share North Korea missile data
The defense chiefs of the U.S. and South Korea met in Seoul on Sunday with Japan's defense minister joining the meeting online.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attends the launching ceremony of Narwhal, its first domestically built submarine, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Sept. 28.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Fearing China, South Korea targets Taiwan navy submarine contractors
Seoul has avoided arming the island, even as its companies ink weapons deals with other Asian neighbors.
South Korea's government and international rights organizations have said defectors who are deported back to the North face harsh punishment.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 13, 2023
South Korea protests to China over suspected North Korea repatriations
South Korea had been unable to determine the number of people involved and whether there were defectors among them.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 20, 2023
How a U.S. soldier made a mad dash into North Korea
The U.S. military was scrambling on Wednesday to determine the soldier"s fate, as well as his motive.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Jul 6, 2023
South Korean doctors flee pediatrics as low birth rate makes funding unviable
Fewer children combined with a failure of the insurance system to adapt to the situation has left the sector starved of resources, with specialists shunning a field they think has no future.
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
Mar 16, 2023
South Koreans skeptical as Yoon offers olive branch to Japan
South Korean opposition likely poses little domestic political problem for Yoon, but could affect how far he is able to go in winning cooperation from Japan, experts said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Feb 19, 2023
Families seek closure for mine disaster as Japan-South Korea relations thaw
136 Koreans and 47 Japanese were killed when the Chosei mine beneath the seabed on the Yamaguchi Prefecture coast collapsed and flooded in 1942.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 17, 2023
Limited impact on South Korean waters from Fukushima release, study claims
The South Korean government analysis comes as the country"s President Yoon Suk-yeol seeks to improve relations with Japan after years of tensions.
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
Nov 21, 2022
Safety of Tesla cars at center of South Korean trial over fatal crash
The trial comes at a time when the EV-maker faces a range of lawsuits and increased scrutiny by regulators.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 18, 2022
Former members of Unification Church rail at politicians who embraced it
The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July has opened a debate over the church and has shone a spotlight on its close ties with the ruling LDP.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / EXPLAINER
Aug 9, 2022
Why the Unification Church has become a headache for Kishida
Support for Kishida's cabinet has fallen to the lowest since he took office in October at 46%, with many poll respondents saying they wanted an explanation about ties to the church.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 19, 2022
With Shinzo Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle
The moment he laid eyes on Shinzo Abe's ashen face, Shingo Nakaoka knew that any attempt to revive the former Japanese prime minister was likely to be in vain.

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