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.
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.
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.
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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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.
The Half-Real World of Ghost of Tsushima
The game is hauntingly beautiful, but it reshapes history and geography.
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 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.
Park Won-soon’s Suicide Might Destabilize Moon’s Foreign-Policy Agenda
Sexual abuse allegations have wide implications in South Korea’s Democratic Party.
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.”
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.
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 Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive
As it cuts off communications, Pyongyang falls back on an old playbook.
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.
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.
Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia
A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.
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.