Afghan evacuees arrive at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul on Thursday. Photograph:  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

South Korea has welcomed the arrival of Afghans who supported its operations before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, designating them as “pers(...)

People take part in a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination drill at the Kawasaki City College of Nursing on January 27th. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s biggest cities are under a state of emergency as coronavirus deaths rise, even while the country tries to convince the world it can safely hol(...)

New Year’s Eve sunset in Seoul. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

South Korea’s population shrank for the first time in the country’s history in 2020, highlighting mounting demographic challenges in Asia’s fourth-big(...)

Tourists look towards North Korea as they visit Dora Observatory inside the fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea. Photograph: Jean Chung/Getty Images

Less than four months ago North and South Korea teetered on the precipice of conflict. Now officials in Seoul are openly discussing a peace treaty to (...)

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in (L) walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong (R) and North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (C) in February this year. Photograph: Yonchap/AFP/Getty

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting th(...)

South Korean students prepare to take an exam. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

The sight of secondary school students in blue uniforms traipsing through downtown Seoul at 11pm is jarring, but it’s common in the highly competiti(...)