Northeast Asia’s shared destiny

Hyoung Goo Kang (Hanyang), Y. Han (Andy) Kim (NTU), and Jong Kyu Lee (KDI): Can Big Data Predict the Behavior of North Korea? Ben Willis (Plymouth): North Korea and the Responsibility to Protect. After The Interview, Kim Jong Un launches new propaganda campaign. The Reddest Carpet: Mitch Moxley risks his freedom and his sanity to spend eight surreal days watching movies in North Korea. Behold the glorious new gateway to North Korea. The North Korean government is getting weaker and more vulnerable — that should scare you. Americans have forgotten what we did to North Korea. Ana Swanson on why South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world (and more). Derek Parker reviews The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong. Austin Dean on the Korea conundrum and Chinese soft power.

China and Russia are trying to build a relationship — is this just a geopolitical fling or something that can last? Nicolas Brian Albert Allarie (Manitoba): China’s Impact on Regionalism in East Asia. Why is China playing nice with Japan? Despite tensions over disputed land and the memories of World War II, economic necessity is bringing the two neighbors closer than they’ve been in years. A global “Who’s Who” of Asia scholars urge Japan to own up to WWII atrocities. Annelies Brijs (Ghent): Japan in the Age of Globalizing Capitalism. Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis. Chris Kohler on how the era of Japan’s all-powerful videogame designers is over. Beauty pageants, blackface, and bigotry: Maya Wesby on Japan’s problems with racism. Christopher R. Hill on Northeast Asia’s shared destiny.