Jang Song Thaek

Sharp increase in North Korean fishing boats in Japan's EEZ
A North Korean squid fishing boat drifts off the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2014. (Provided by the 9th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
The number of North Korean squid fishing boats entering Japan’s exclusive economic zone has tripled this year, another apparent sign of the desperate economic conditions in...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Purge of N. Korea’s No. 2 man left...
Jang Song Thaek, center, in Beijing in August 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website and part of a series of articles titled "HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA."
Pyongyang will demand commensurate action by Tokyo over abduction...
When North Korean General Secretary Kim Jong Il died in December 2011, a debate emerged over a possible transition to a collective leadership system due to the “insufficient...
N. Korea maintains status quo by reappointing key leaders
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Workers' Party of Korea central politburo meeting April 8. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on April 9. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea reappointed several key officials and took measures to consolidate Kim Jong Un’s grip on power, including the promotion of an aide whose star has risen...
Kim Jong Un's associates elected to Supreme People's Assembly
Kim Jong Un casts his ballot in the Supreme People's Assembly election in Pyongyang on March 9. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Kim Jong Un further solidified his grip on power in North Korea after a number of close associates were elected to the Supreme People’s Assembly.
North Korea shows more conciliatory approach in talks with Japan
Japanese Red Cross Society official Osamu Tasaka, second from right, and Foreign Ministry official Keiichi Ono, far right, meet with their North Korean counterparts, Ri Ho Rim, far left, and Ryu Song Il, second from left, respectively. (Koichiro Ishida)
SHENYANG, China--Japanese and North Korean officials held frank and constructive informal talks March 3, but no agreement was reached on the issues of Pyongyang’s abductions...
North Koreans keep defecting as trade with China shrinks
Synchronized swimmers perform in an exhibition to commemorate the late Kim Jong Il's birthday on Feb. 15 in Pyongyang. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SHENYANG, China--Despite renewed calls for solidarity under North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, the stream of defectors to China has continued since Kim shocked the world with a...
INSIDE PYONGYANG (1): Kim Jong Un's dictatorship intensifies in...
The Asahi Shimbun
North Koreans working in Pyongyang's military and government offices were understandably jittery.
INSIDE PYONGYANG (2): North Koreans facing more hardship as Kim...
Kim Jong Un, second right, inspects the recently completed Masik Pass ski resort in an undated photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Kim Jong Un has tightened his grip on impoverished North Korea, earning him unflattering comparisons to his late father and grandfather by ordinary citizens.
U.S. envoy on N. Korea traveling to Japan, China, S. Korea
Glyn Davies, the U.S. envoy for North Korea, left, and Junichi Ihara, the director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau before their meeting in Tokyo in November (Pool)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. envoy for North Korea is traveling to East Asia next week on a fresh round of nuclear diplomacy, as Washington looks to nudge a reluctant China to step up...
Kim Jong Un indicates a willingness for dialogue with South Korea
North Korean First Secretary Kim Jong Un gave his “New Year Address” on the morning of Jan. 1, continuing a revival of the practice of his grandfather, North Korea founder...
Inoki says North Korea willing to discuss abduction issue
Upper House member Antonio Inoki speaks during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun at his office in Tokyo on Jan. 17. (Choi Chae-soo )
Upper House member and former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki said North Korea has officially invited Japanese lawmakers to Pyongyang to discuss such long-standing issues...
North Korea dismisses South Korean family reunion proposal
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a ruling party meeting in Pyongyang on Jan. 28, 2013. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea on Jan. 9 dismissed a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated by war, but used an usually mild tone that indicated it still wants...
North Korean execution by dog story likely came from satire
TV screens show a news reporting about the execution of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at an electronic shop in Seoul on Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--International media frenzy over reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle had been executed by throwing him to a pack of dogs appears to have originated as...
South Korea dismisses North Korean leader Kim's calls for improved ...
In this image taken from video made available on Jan. 1, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers an annual New Year's Day message in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim boasted that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth"--a reference to the young leader's once powerful uncle, whose execution last month raised questions about Kim's grip on power. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--South Korea on Jan. 3 dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's calls for improved ties and urged his government to take nuclear disarmament steps first.
North Korea claims strength after removal of "filth"
A man watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1. Kim boasted that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth."  (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--Kim Jong Un boasted on Jan. 1 that North Korea enters the new year on a surge of strength because of the elimination of "factionalist filth"--a reference to ...
Will Kim Jong Un's dictatorship produce good results?
It was reported that on Dec. 12, Jang Song Thaek, the former vice chairman of North Korea's National Defense Commission, received a death sentence on charges of "factional acts ...
Kim Jong Un stacking military with allies to consolidate power
Members of the Korean People's Army gather at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on Dec. 16 to pledge loyalty toward Kim Jong Un. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean officials and media lavished praise over a milestone in Kim Jong Un’s leadership, sending signals that the purge related to his executed uncle has...
Clash over coal interests may be behind Jang's execution
The Asahi Shimbun
SEOUL--The execution of North Korea’s de facto No. 2 leader, Jang Song Thaek, earlier this month may have resulted from a conflict over coal concessions, a South Korean...
Pyongyang intensifying efforts to deify Kim Jong Un
Workers attend a mass gathering on Dec. 20 in Pyongyang to pledge loyalty to Kim Jong Un. This photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--Reclusive North Korea is going all-out to turn its leader Kim Jong Un into a figure of veneration on a par with his late father and grandfather.