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Tae-jun Kang

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

Posts by Tae-jun Kang
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April 15, 2019

South Korea Needs to Get Serious About Its Pension Fund

By Tae-jun Kang
Rather than using it as a political tool, the government urgently needs to reform the fund -- before it runs out.
April 08, 2019

North Korea’s Internal Struggles Hint That Sanctions Are Working

By Tae-jun Kang
Reports of business closures and food price spikes are more evidence that North Korea's economy is struggling.

March 30, 2019

What’s Behind North Korea’s Recent Efforts to Promote Its Education Sector?

By Tae-jun Kang
North Korean propaganda has been unusually fixated on praising the country's education sector. Why?

March 22, 2019

One South Korean Province Wants to Tag Japanese Firms as ‘War Criminals’

By Tae-jun Kang
The move is short-sighted, given the importance of the Japan-South Korea relationship.

March 08, 2019

South Korea's New Internet Controls Spark Controversy

By Tae-jun Kang
As Seoul tightens its control over cyberspace, some privacy and free speech advocates are raising the alarm.
March 02, 2019

Behind North Korea’s YouTube Ambitions

By Tae-jun Kang
Pyongyang is not only after propaganda gains – social media monetization is a loophole to international sanctions.

February 25, 2019

Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 

By Tae-jun Kang
The Liberty Korea Party and Democratic Party have adopted opposite approaches to public scandals, both with mixed results.
February 16, 2019

South Korea Eyes ASEAN’s Port Projects Amid Domestic Slowdown

By Tae-jun Kang
With the construction industry struggling at home, South Korean companies are looking abroad.

February 09, 2019

North Korea’s Ginseng Drama

By Tae-jun Kang
There’s a reason the medicinal plant became fodder for a North Korean soap opera.

February 05, 2019

Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?

By Tae-jun Kang
Most South Korean presidents have faltered in their third years. Moon risks falling into the same trap.

January 26, 2019

Is North Korea Moving Toward a Cashless Society?

By Tae-jun Kang
A Daily NK report recalls recommendations for North Korea to jumpstart economic activity through new financial technology.
January 12, 2019

Controversy Swells Over South Korea's Conscientious Objectors

By Tae-jun Kang
Government and judicial moves to allow religious exceptions to mandatory military service spark backlash in South Korea.

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