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For James Pearson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 25, 2018

Chinese claims in South China Sea overlap with Vietnam's oil projects

Some oil blocks off Vietnam's sprawling coastline fall within an area of the South China Sea demarcated by China's "nine-dash line," the basis for Beijing's controversial claims to most of the resource-rich waterway. Last week, sources said Rosneft Vietnam BV, a unit of Russian state ...

As South Korean births dwindle, 'penis parks' multiply

Feb 14, 2018

As South Korean births dwindle, 'penis parks' multiply

Even the bright-red lighthouse in the tiny South Korean port of Sinnam is shaped like a penis. The port is home to Haesindang Park, better known as "Penis Park," a monument to fertility based on the "Legend of Auebawi and Haesindang," about a virgin and ...

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 ...