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Members of the South Korean Navy

North Korea Kills, Torches South Korean Civilian in Bizarre Maritime Incident

The confusing affair could make it even harder for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue warming up to the North.

People walk through the Myeongdong shopping district.

COVID-19 Has Crushed Everybody’s Economy—Except for South Korea’s

Seoul seems to have shown the way to mitigating both the health and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

An anti-Japan rally in Seoul

Abe Ruined the Most Important Democratic Relationship in Asia

The outgoing Japanese prime minister’s ultranationalism destroyed ties with South Korea.

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Abandoned houses in Seoul

Moon Faces a Bigger Political Threat Than Kim Jong Un: Real Estate Prices

A struggle to bring down South Korea’s soaring housing market could doom a presidency.

A scene from Playstation’s Ghost of Tsushima.

The Half-Real World of Ghost of Tsushima

The game is hauntingly beautiful, but it reshapes history and geography.

Lee Man-hee, the leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus

South Korea’s COVID-19 Church Scapegoat Is Fighting Back

As mainstream denominations see their own outbreaks, Shincheonji members say they were unfairly targeted.

South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day as part of the country's #MeToo movement in Seoul on March 8, 2018.

South Korea Needs to Contend With Sexual Violence

The failed extradition of a child pornographer highlights the Korean legal system’s laxity toward a certain kind of criminal.

Mourners carry a portrait of late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon during his funeral service at Seoul City Hall on July 13.

Park Won-soon’s Suicide Might Destabilize Moon’s Foreign-Policy Agenda

Sexual abuse allegations have wide implications in South Korea’s Democratic Party.

Park Sang-Hak, an activist and defector from North Korea, scatters anti-Pyongyang leaflets as police block his planned rally near the tense border on a roadway in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 22, 2012.

He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead 

Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of “fire and fury.” 

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant pose for portraits on Feb. 23, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power

In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.

TOPSHOT - People watch a television news screen showing an explosion of an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex, at a railway station in Seoul on June 16, 2020.

South Korea Shouldn’t Endorse North Korea’s Explosive Bullying

Seoul is acting as Kim Jong Un’s enforcer in banning private groups from leafleting North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and his sister Kim Yo Jong attend the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018.

North Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive

As it cuts off communications, Pyongyang falls back on an old playbook.

Lee Yong-soo, a South Korean victim of Japanese wartime sexual slavery, looks at her supporters during a demonstration in front of the national parliament in Tokyo on Aug. 10, 2005.

Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency

Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

A Samsung flag and a South Korean national flag flutter outside the company's Seocho building in Seoul on May 6.

South Korean Democracy’s New Challenge Is Its Own Corporate Giant

Samsung is mired in scandal, but the pandemic has made it stronger than ever.

Seoul commuters wear protective masks as they crowd on an escalator and stairs after getting off the subway during rush hour on May 11.

Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia

A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.

People wearing masks in Seoul

South Korea Tries a Tentative Reopening—and Pays for It

After a new spurt of coronavirus cases in Seoul and with a second wave deemed “inevitable,” South Korea is bracing itself for a new normal.

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