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For Eric Talmadge's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

Jul 15, 2018

Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

The chief of North Korea's tuberculosis laboratory, Dr. O Yong Il, swings open a glass door with an orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. Tuberculosis is North Korea's biggest public health problem. With the American-made GeneXpert ...

For North Korean leaders, a train unlike any other

Mar 27, 2018

For North Korean leaders, a train unlike any other

When North Korea's leaders need to travel, they've got a train that's unlike any other. No surprise, then, that the appearance in Beijing on Monday of a deep green train with yellow piping that looked a lot like the one used exclusively by the ruling ...

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

Aug 13, 2017

Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

North Korea's announcement that it is finalizing a plan to launch four ballistic missiles over Japan toward the island of Guam has touched off a series of fiery threats from President Donald Trump and upped tensions between Pyongyang and Washington to a whole new ...

North Korea orders citizens to work harder

Jun 26, 2016

North Korea orders citizens to work harder

The bright red slogans hang from buses, government buildings and even some restaurants and gas stations, urging North Koreans to work harder to make the country's 200-day "speed campaign" a success. "Have you carried out the plan for today?" one poster asks. It's the second ...