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Tae-jun Kang

Tae-jun Kang is a correspondent and columnist for The Diplomat and is currently based in Southeast Asia. He was previously a journalist for The Financial Times for four years, working in both Seoul and Hong Kong. Follow him on twitter: @taejun_kang

Can South Korea Remain Relevant to Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula?
June 21, 2019
Can South Korea Remain Relevant to Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula?
Xi's trip to North Korea raises concerns that China will take a larger role in negotiations, and sideline Seoul in the process.
Can South Korea Remain Relevant to Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula?
South Korea’s Pension Fund to Adopt New Hiring Policy Amid Staff Exodus
June 14, 2019
South Korea’s Pension Fund to Adopt New Hiring Policy Amid Staff Exodus
The NPS has been having trouble attracting experienced portfolio managers -- so it's looking at training its own.
South Korea’s Pension Fund to Adopt New Hiring Policy Amid Staff Exodus
South Korea’s Uphill Battle to Revive Its Shipbuilding Industry
June 01, 2019
South Korea’s Uphill Battle to Revive Its Shipbuilding Industry
A planned merger between South Korea's two largest shipbuilders faces backlash at home and abroad.
South Korea’s Uphill Battle to Revive Its Shipbuilding Industry
North Korea Places Its Hope in Science and Technology
May 24, 2019
North Korea Places Its Hope in Science and Technology
Pyongyang is putting more emphasis on developing its science sector in hopes of transforming the economy.
North Korea Places Its Hope in Science and Technology
South Korean Journalist Under Fire for Being 'Rude' to President Moon
May 11, 2019
South Korean Journalist Under Fire for Being 'Rude' to President Moon
Is a journalist asking a president a serious question inappropriate?
South Korean Journalist Under Fire for Being 'Rude' to President Moon
Why South Korea Is Seeing a Boom in Mobile Animal Cremation Services
May 03, 2019
Why South Korea Is Seeing a Boom in Mobile Animal Cremation Services
More Koreans are raising pets and want them cremated when they die. But no one wants a cremation facility in their town.
Why South Korea Is Seeing a Boom in Mobile Animal Cremation Services
A Closer Look at North Korea’s Virtual Currency Ambitions
April 29, 2019
A Closer Look at North Korea’s Virtual Currency Ambitions
North Korea is signalling increased interest in digital currencies, possibly as a way to help avoid sanctions.
A Closer Look at North Korea’s Virtual Currency Ambitions
South Korea Needs to Get Serious About Its Pension Fund
April 15, 2019
South Korea Needs to Get Serious About Its Pension Fund
Rather than using it as a political tool, the government urgently needs to reform the fund -- before it runs out.
South Korea Needs to Get Serious About Its Pension Fund
North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working
April 08, 2019
North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working
Reports of business closures and food price spikes are more evidence that North Korea's economy is struggling.
North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working
What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?
March 30, 2019
What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?
North Korean propaganda has been unusually fixated on praising the country's education sector. Why?
What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?
One South Korean Province Wants to Tag Japanese Firms as ‘War Criminals’
March 22, 2019
One South Korean Province Wants to Tag Japanese Firms as ‘War Criminals’
The move is short-sighted, given the importance of the Japan-South Korea relationship.
One South Korean Province Wants to Tag Japanese Firms as ‘War Criminals’
South Korea's New Internet Controls Spark Controversy
March 08, 2019
South Korea's New Internet Controls Spark Controversy
As Seoul tightens its control over cyberspace, some privacy and free speech advocates are raising the alarm.
South Korea's New Internet Controls Spark Controversy
Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions
March 02, 2019
Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions
Pyongyang is not only after propaganda gains – social media monetization is a loophole to international sanctions.
Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions
Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 
February 25, 2019
Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 
The Liberty Korea Party and Democratic Party have adopted opposite approaches to public scandals, both with mixed results.
Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 
South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
February 16, 2019
South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
With the construction industry struggling at home, South Korean companies are looking abroad.
South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
February 09, 2019
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
There’s a reason the medicinal plant became fodder for a North Korean soap opera.
North Korea’s Ginseng Drama
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
February 05, 2019
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
Most South Korean presidents have faltered in their third years. Moon risks falling into the same trap.
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
January 26, 2019
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
A Daily NK report recalls recommendations for North Korea to jumpstart economic activity through new financial technology.
Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
January 12, 2019
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
Government and judicial moves to allow religious exceptions to mandatory military service spark backlash in South Korea.
Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
January 05, 2019
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
A recent case underscores the changing trend of Korean whistleblowers -- and the longstanding challenges they continue to face.
YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
December 28, 2018
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
A closer look at the rising focus on the regulation of public expenditure and its significance.
What’s Behind Laos’ New Budget Crackdown?
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
December 21, 2018
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
Amid the inter-Korean thaw, it's time to revisit the 70-year-old law against praising North Korea.
Is South Korea Ready to Say Goodbye to Its National Security Law?
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
December 07, 2018
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
Negative and false reporting is a problem for both Koreas. But how to address it without stifling South Korean freedom?
Can North and South Korea Narrow Their Gap Through Media Exchanges?
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
December 01, 2018
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
From a popular television show to a tragic dam collapse, recent years have seen numerous links between the two countries.
South Korea, Laos Move to Solidify Ties
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