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South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

Anthony Fauci briefs the press on COVID-19.

The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us

Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts.

Political leader Lee Jun-seok waves the People Power Party’s flag.

Why So Many Young Men in South Korea Hate Feminism

Loss of privilege has driven an ugly turn to the hard right.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a business leaders breakfast at the St. Regis Beijing hotel in Beijing on Dec. 5, 2013.

Biden Opens Sneaky New Front in Trade War Against China

To understand the administration’s new stance, look to the South Korean semiconductor firm Magnachip.

A South Korean soldier stands by a Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile system

A Quiet Sentence Gives South Korea Back Its ‘Missile Sovereignty’

Seoul had bucked for decades against U.S. restrictions—but China isn’t happy.

People watch a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

There’s No Choice but Negotiation With North Korea

Moon Jae-in’s White House visit is a good chance to step up talks again.

A television news program reporting on the U.S. presidential election shows images of then-U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 9, 2020.

South Korea Isn’t a Junior Partner for America

Biden needs to show that Washington treats the alliance seriously when Moon visits.

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Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake

The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Moon Wants a Legacy on North Korea That Isn’t Coming

Biden’s tough attitude on Pyongyang is mixed with sympathy for his South Korean counterpart.

Korean Catholics attend a mass.

‘Minari’ Is About Korean American Faith as Well as Family

The U.S.-Korea relationship has always been shaped by Korean Christianity.

Seoul mayoral candidate Oh Se-hoon

Are South Korea’s Conservatives Back In the Game?

Stunning mayoral losses may bode ill for the liberals.

Lee Yong-soo speaks to the media after a court ruling.

The Legacy of Wartime Atrocities Still Looms Over Asian Alliances

Survivors of World War II sexual enslavement seemed one step closer to reparations, but international pressure and a Korean judge intervened.

An elderly Korean woman weeps at a press conference.

South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery

Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.

Workers clear snow in Seoul

Migrants Are Doing the Jobs South Koreans Sneer At

The system punishes undocumented workers but winks at their employers.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during his New Year's speech at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 11.

It’s Time for Justice, Not Healing

The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example.

North Korean defectors prepare to release helium balloons carrying leaflets near the border in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 4, 2013.

Anti-Balloon Launching Laws Are No Threat to South Korean Democracy

Pundits behave as if only North Korea matters in Seoul’s politics.

The rooms at the Grand Hotel in Taipei are illuminated to form the word "zero" after Taiwan reported no new coronavirus cases for two consecutive days, on April 17.

East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap

Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.

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