- In North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s purge posse has reportedly arrived in the Rason Special Economic Zone. Home to many trading companies, the city had a special relationship with Jang Song Thaek; accordingly, many arrests/purges are expected. Among those said to have been arrested is 50-something Kim Chun-hwa, the president of Rason International Travel Company. She’s rumored to have been Jang’s mistress and is said to be something of a MILF. Or whatever the proper term for a hot older woman who’s still single is.
- The Korea Times has an English piece about photographer Michael Kenna’s lawsuit against Korean Air. As I said earlier, I really don’t get it.
- Some 55% of foreign firms doing business in Korea don’t like the investment climate. Half even said they’d consider moving out of the country if the government continues to enact unfavorable regulations.
- What? International taxi drivers have been ripping off foreign passengers? These would be the international taxis international residents didn’t even want.
- Materials from the Jilin Provincial Archives are shedding light on the activities of Japan’s notorious Unit 731. Of particular note is how Japanese military police liked to label “biological warfare” as “plague prevention.”
- The Diplomat looks at Korea’s pickle in Cambodia. Being an optimist, I prefer to look at the bright side, namely, how despite whatever transpired in South Sudan, it appears Seoul and Tokyo are still able to cooperate on matters of shared interest:
Global Post also picked up on the story, offering in depth coverage and obtaining a response from Seoul in which it tried hard to justify its decision and even added: “The embassies of other countries in Cambodia, such as China and Japan whose companies are operating in the country as well, are said to have made similar requests to the Cambodian government.”
There is a great sense of irony at play and not just because these are three countries which don’t particularly like each other but are finding common ground in the quest for profit. More importantly, Hun Sen and those loyal to him have persistently carped about foreign interference in his country.