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Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang is a columnist for The Diplomat’s Koreas blog and an experienced reporter on Northeast Asia. Prior to writing he was as a riot police officer in South Korea for two years, which introduced him to social issues he had not encountered before and encouraged him to pursue journalism. He majored in Business Administration at Korea University Business School in Seoul, and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on twitter: @taejun_kang

What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
May 15, 2015
What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
South Korea's NIS allegedly told lawmakers Hyon Yong-chol was executed via anti-aircraft gun.
What Happened to North Korea's Defense Minister?
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
May 07, 2015
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
The case sheds new light on the appalling conditions North Korean workers often face overseas.
Qatar Firm Fires Dozens of North Korean Workers
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
May 06, 2015
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
Once a competitor to Samsung and LG, Pantech has fallen into obscurity in recent years.
South Korea's Forgotten Mobile Phone Giant
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
April 28, 2015
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
New defense guidelines for the U.S.-Japan alliance have some analysts in South Korea worried.
South Korea Frets Over US-Japan Defense Guidelines
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
April 06, 2015
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
Samsung employees are protesting the sale of four units to Korean conglomerate Hanwha.
The High Cost of Removing Samsung From a Business Card
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
April 01, 2015
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
With the creation of a new presidential cybersecurity post, South Korea is getting serious about cyber defense.
South Korea Beefs Up Cyber Security With an Eye on North Korea
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
March 27, 2015
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
South Korea is on its way to become a major player in space.
South Korea's Quest to Be a Major Space Power
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
March 24, 2015
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
Does South Korea need THAAD to defend against Pyongyang's missiles?
How Worried Should Seoul Be About North Korea's Missiles?
South Korea Torn Between US and China
March 20, 2015
South Korea Torn Between US and China
Decisions on THAAD and AIIB have South Korea pulled in opposite directions by two of its most important partners.
South Korea Torn Between US and China
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
March 12, 2015
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
South Korea must solve its deep-rooted gender bias problem.
South Korea: Home to OECD's Thickest 'Glass Ceiling'
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
March 05, 2015
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
A change in Japan's official diplomatic language is causing a furor in South Korea.
Did Japan Just Change Its Attitude Toward South Korea?
When Will North Korea Conduct Its Next Nuclear Test?
February 26, 2015
When Will North Korea Conduct Its Next Nuclear Test?
Analysts speculate North Korea could conduct a test as soon as May -- or not at all.
When Will North Korea Conduct Its Next Nuclear Test?
North Korea Shines Spotlight on the Disabled
February 20, 2015
North Korea Shines Spotlight on the Disabled
North Korea is attempting to refute accusations that it violates the human rights of disabled citizens.
North Korea Shines Spotlight on the Disabled
Illegal Chinese Tour Guides Cause Friction in South Korea
February 14, 2015
Illegal Chinese Tour Guides Cause Friction in South Korea
Many Chinese tourists are being misled by unauthorized tour guides providing false information about Korea.
Illegal Chinese Tour Guides Cause Friction in South Korea
South Korea's New Fighter Jet: Brought to You by Airbus?
February 05, 2015
South Korea's New Fighter Jet: Brought to You by Airbus?
Korean Air and Airbus have reportedly agreed on a joint bid to develop South Korea's new generation of fighter jets.
South Korea's New Fighter Jet: Brought to You by Airbus?
Lee Myung-bak: North Korea Sought Inter-Korea Summit Meeting 5 Times
January 30, 2015
Lee Myung-bak: North Korea Sought Inter-Korea Summit Meeting 5 Times
In a new book, South Korea's former president goes into detail on inter-Korean relations during his time in office.
Lee Myung-bak: North Korea Sought Inter-Korea Summit Meeting 5 Times
Why Are Russell Crowe and 'The Avengers' Flocking to South Korea?
January 23, 2015
Why Are Russell Crowe and 'The Avengers' Flocking to South Korea?
Visits by Hollywood stars are only the latest sign of a growing movie market in South Korea.
Why Are Russell Crowe and 'The Avengers' Flocking to South Korea?
North Korea-Russia Trade Takes Another Step
January 21, 2015
North Korea-Russia Trade Takes Another Step
Russia's government confirms that North Korea's main bank is now accepting rubles.
North Korea-Russia Trade Takes Another Step
Can South Korea Jump-start Its E-Book Industry?
January 16, 2015
Can South Korea Jump-start Its E-Book Industry?
South Korea has a rapidly growing e-book market, but still lags behind other major economies.
Can South Korea Jump-start Its E-Book Industry?
South Korean Government Won't Stop Balloon-Drop of 'The Interview' in North Korea
January 09, 2015
South Korean Government Won't Stop Balloon-Drop of 'The Interview' in North Korea
South Korean authorities won't prevent a human rights group from dropping DVDs of The Interview in North Korea.
South Korean Government Won't Stop Balloon-Drop of 'The Interview' in North Korea
South Korea: Chaebol Model Comes Under Scrutiny
January 07, 2015
South Korea: Chaebol Model Comes Under Scrutiny
A recent scandal prompts a closer look at the power of the families behind the country’s largest companies.
South Korea: Chaebol Model Comes Under Scrutiny
Japan’s Growing Anti-Korea Sentiment
December 30, 2014
Japan’s Growing Anti-Korea Sentiment
A recent survey underscores the growing distance between the two neighbors.
Japan’s Growing Anti-Korea Sentiment
China to Overtake U.S. in South Korea Banking
December 12, 2014
China to Overtake U.S. in South Korea Banking
Driven by interest in yuan savings accounts, Chinese banks are enjoying a rapidly growing presence in South Korea.
China to Overtake U.S. in South Korea Banking
Korea-China Free Trade Deal Likely a Major Blow for Small-Time Traders
December 07, 2014
Korea-China Free Trade Deal Likely a Major Blow for Small-Time Traders
Socially and economically vulnerable, small-time traders look set to lose their livelihoods as tariffs disappear.
Korea-China Free Trade Deal Likely a Major Blow for Small-Time Traders
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