Hyonhee Shin

For Hyonhee Shin's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

| Dec 1, 2017

The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

On an icy December day in 2011, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un was accompanied by seven advisers as they escorted the hearse that carried his father, Kim Jong Il, through the streets of Pyongyang. None of the men remain with the young Kim. ...

How a homemade tool helped North Korea's missile program

Oct 18, 2017

How a homemade tool helped North Korea's missile program

In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero — one that outside experts would later realize was at the heart of the secretive state's banned nuclear and missile programs. That hero, widely available in factories across the world, was the ...