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Ju-min Park
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Jul 19, 2022
The 2.5 seconds that sealed the fatal lapses in Shinzo Abe's security
The failure to protect Abe from a second shot followed what appeared to be a series of security lapses in the lead-up to the assassination of Japan's longest-serving prime minister.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2022
South Korea's robust response to North will likely aid Japan's push to boost military
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has emphasized Tokyo's readiness to take a more robust defense posture, which the U.S. has long welcomed to counter an increasingly assertive China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 26, 2022
With an eye on China, Japan asks universities to screen foreign students and scholars
The measures are also intended to help safeguard exchanges with American and European institutions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 11, 2022
New South Korea president may be a nail in the coffin for North Korea engagement
Yoon Suk-yeol, a former prosecutor with no foreign policy background, has said pre-emptive strikes may be the only way to counter North Korea's newest missiles.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Dec 18, 2021
Japan business lobbyist backs Myanmar coup and urges investment
A Japanese former politician who campaigned to bring billions of dollars of investment from some of Japan's top companies to Myanmar has urged Tokyo to endorse its military regime.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 30, 2021
As China menaces Taiwan, the island's friends aid its secretive submarine project
Taipei has stealthily sourced technology, components and talent from at least seven nations to help it build a fleet with the potential to exact a heavy toll on any Chinese attack.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 29, 2021
In Okinawa, ruling party's tough China stance helps win young voters
Older voters are mostly sticking with left-wing parties, mindful of Okinawa's past as one of the bloodiest battlegrounds of World War II.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Aug 7, 2021
Fair way: Women slowly become more welcome at Tokyo Olympic golf venue
At the moment, there are just a dozen women among the 1,200 full members at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 6, 2021
School's out for the Tokyo Olympics as parents and teachers reconsider trips
Many schools have pulled out of a program intended to let hundreds of thousands of children see the world's best athletes compete.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 9, 2021
Sapporo unprepared for Olympics amid COVID-19 resurgence in Japan
Officials in the city say they still don't have key information, including how many athletes to expect and details on health facilities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 24, 2021
Japan state-funded hotel deal pays rent to Myanmar Defense Ministry
The payments, starting in 2017, are not illegal but are potentially embarrassing for Tokyo given alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar's military.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2021
How a student battled a culture of silence to help oust Tokyo's Olympic chief
In less than two weeks, Momoko Nojo's petition campaign gathered more than 150,000 signatures, galvanizing global outrage over sexist remarks by Yoshiro Mori.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 16, 2021
Dream of running Olympic torch relay now prompts feelings of guilt for Japan doctor
The Olympic torch relay is set to begin on March 25, even though Tokyo and nine other prefectures are set to remain under a state of emergency through March 7.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2021
No Plan B: Japan's sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Olympics
Sponsors also worry that organizers have not told them what contingency plans there are in case the pandemic derails the games again this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 16, 2020
Suga under fire for year-end dinners as coronavirus cases mount
Suga's outings came after the government abruptly halted a government travel subsidy program he had long defended.

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