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Why Does Japan Have a Bad Relationship With Neighbors?

At first glance, China, Japan and South Korea seem to have a lot in common. They’re located in the same geographical region, all have traditions of writing with Chinese characters and all of them have certain social norms influenced by Confucian teachings and concepts. In the modern era, all

Youjin Do
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South Korean War Crimes in Vietnam War

An unknown number of Vietnamese civilians were killed, wounded and raped by South Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War. There’s no consensus on the number of victims — some say around 5,000; some say more, or less. In mid-November, Moon Jae-in visited Ho Chi Minh City and

Ben Jackson
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Führer Causes Furor: Absurd "Mein Kampf" Edition Irks Expats

Earlier in August, British expatriate author Michael Breen was wandering around a branch of Kyobo Book Centre, one of the capital’s largest bookstores, in downtown Seoul. Amid the hundreds of rows of books, something odd caught his eye: On a shelf of recommended reads, next to Deborah Lipstadt’s

Jieun Choi
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The Petals Around the Stigma

For a 91-year-old, Kim Bok-dong looks hale and hearty. Cheeks dotted with liver spots, wispy grey hair neatly combed. Kim doesn’t stand out in the crowd. But once she starts to talk about the “comfort women” issue, her eyes beam with passion. “Comfort women” is a euphemism, referring to

Jieun Choi
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The Uni Student that Goes to Court Four Times a Month

When I connected with Kim Sam on the phone, she sounded just like one of my friends answering a call from a stranger: polite but cautious, a little unsure. Kim’s nonchalant personality in our conversation and online videos belies the doggedness of her activism, which has led to her

Daniel Corks
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Weekly Brief: August 29th - September 4th

Sunken Ship, Sinking Commission The Sewol Special Investigation Commission held its third hearing into the causes of the tragic ferry disaster from April 2014, despite the government’s attempts to disband it. The government claims that the commission’s term is up and no further hearings on the

Sukjong Hong
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The "Comfort Women Deal" between South Korea and Japan: Six Alternative Views

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