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Kim Jong-nam’s View on North Korea

Remarks by Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il, were recently revealed and attracted great attention as he doubted Kim Jong-un’s leadership, disparaged the third-generation power succession and asserted the need for openness to help the faltering economy of North Korea. A Japanese journalist working for the Tokyo Shimbun, Yoji […]

<1005th Wednesday> You Owe Us An Apology!

<1005th Wednesday> You Owe Us An Apology!

天皇は謝罪せよ!(Dennowa Shajaiseyo) You Owe Us An Apology! AsiaN made a graphic image of ‘ You Owe Us an Apology!’ urging the Japanese government and Emperor to apologise. We will continue the ‘Apology Campaign’ until the old ladies actually hear their apologies for what they have done to them during colonial rules. news@theasian.asia

Nepal Former Minister Arrested for Kidnapping

Police in Nepal arrested a Member of Parliament and former Minister for Supplies Shyam Sundar Gupta on suspicion of organising the kidnap of a prominent businessman in December. According to police, Mr. Gupta ordered the kidnap of Pawan Sanghai at a temple in December and then released him, reportedly after a ransom was paid. Mr. […]

Park Jong-chul “Scent of Jasmine 25 Years ago”

On 14 January 1987, a 22-year-old young man who was taken to the Namyoung Police Department and interrogated died.His name was Park Jong-chul, the third year linguist of Seoul National University. The police announced his death as natural since he suddenly died surprised by a thump. However, with a doctor’s testimony, it was disclosed that he died of […]

Lee Hee-ho and Hyun Jeong-eun to Pave the Way Again

Lee Hee-ho, Chairwoman of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center and Hyun Jeong-eun, Chairwoman of Hyundai Group travelled to North Korea on 26 and offered condolences over Kim Jong-il’s death in Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang. These two ladies actually met Kim Jong-un and paid respects. On 19, North Korea announced its decision not to welcome foreign […]

What a Coincidence to Pass Away Together

Kim Il-sung and Moon Ik-hwan died in 1994 Kim Jong-il and Park Yong-gil died in 2011       Kim Il-sung embracing Pastor Moon in 1989 Kim Jong-il and Elder Park photographed in 1995   South Korea’s notable unification activists Pastor Moon Ik-hwan and his wife Elder Park Yong-gil were greeted by Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il respectively. Pastor […]

Bloodshed in Kazakhstan? Shush please

Bloodshed in Kazakhstan? Shush please

“Silence against the death of 16 people in Kazakhstan”  Russian media criticised the Western ones     <Source: hello.news352.lu>  “You probably won’t hear many meaningful calls for action from Washington, London or Brussels… Imagine that a tragedy like this had occurred in a Russian city just across the border from Kazakhstan. Can you imagine the field […]

Profile of Kim Jong-un

Profile of Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un is the youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his third wife Ko Young-hee born in 1983(or 1984, sources vary). At first, he was not at the centre of attention. North Korea watchers focused on his half-brother Kim Jong-nam and full brother Kim Jong-hol rather than him. Then in 2009, speculations came that his […]

Four Survival Rules for a Young Dictator

So, Marshal Kim Jong Il, the lodestar of the 21st century, is dead, and his impoverished country is going to be run by his son Kim Jong Un, who might be the world’s youngest four-star general. This sudden power transfer produced much speculation about North Korea’s future. Will the country survive? If so, what will […]

South Korea President’s Mourning

South Korea President’s Mourning

Whether to mourn or not the passing of Chairman Kim Jong-il of North Korea is a controversial issue in South Korea but the government seems have a rather flexible approach. In 1994, the head of the opposition party Lee Bu-young suggested official mourning in regard to the death of Kim Il-sung and this caused a […]

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