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Jeyup "Jay" Kwaak

Seoul, South Korea
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About Jeyup
Jay is a Seoul- and Tokyo-based reporter with 10+ years of experience covering everything from North Korea and corporate whistleblowers to contemporary art and a sit-down interview with BTS. His works have appeared in some of the best-respected outlets like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Al Jazeera English and NBC News. He is also the Seoul correspondent for Monocle magazine.
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South Korea Grapples with Legacy of Japanese Occupation as it Marks 70th Anniversary of Liberation

18 Apr 2016  |  WSJ
South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Japanese occupation amidst ongoing debates about the portrayal of history in school textbooks. The issue is particularly sensitive in Northeast Asia, where historical narratives often intersect with territorial disputes and memories of military conflicts. Recently, Japan's review of its public-school textbooks was met with criticism from South Korea and China due to the way Tokyo's militaristic history is represented. The article highlights the enduring tensions between South Korea and Japan, exemplified by protests from survivors of wartime sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army, known as 'comfort women'.

Hop on the World's First Wireless Charging Bus

18 Apr 2016  |  www.wsj.com
South Korea has developed a wireless charging system for electric buses, claimed to be the most advanced electric vehicle option in the world. This system charges the buses wirelessly as they move along the road, and it is gaining traction according to The Wall Street Journal's Jeyup S. Kwaak.

A CNN Travel piece on Korea's ubiquitous "bang," or private rooms rented per hour for karaoke, video games and more. But it's the more intimate activities taking place inside them that are raising eyebrows, an image bang-owners call unfair.

North Korean Escapees Say They Perceive Solid Support for Dictator

18 Apr 2016  |  WSJ
A report based on surveys of North Korean defectors indicates that informal market activities are increasingly supplementing the country's failing state distribution system. Despite economic hardships, the report suggests that public support for Kim Jong Un remains strong among North Koreans. The findings highlight the persistence of grass-roots capitalism within the repressive regime, suggesting a complex economic reality where informal markets operate alongside state control.

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