April 18, 2021

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Kosuke Takahashi

Kosuke Takahashi is a Tokyo-based journalist. His work has appeared in the Asahi Shimbun, Bloomberg, Asia Times, Jane’s Defence Weekly and The Diplomat, among other publications. You can follow him on Twitter @TakahashiKosuke

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Kim Jong Un’s $2 million aid donation raises cash transfer questions
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Kim Jong Un’s $2 million aid donation raises cash transfer questions

The North Korean leader has gifted aid funds and stipends to Chongryon in Japan every year since becoming leader

Kim Jong Un’s $2 million aid donation raises cash transfer questions
North Korea appointed next leader of its de facto embassy in Japan, sources say

North Korea appointed next leader of its de facto embassy in Japan, sources say

Current Chongryon leader suffering from poor health, and Pyongyang wants to hand power to the next generation

North Korea appointed next leader of its de facto embassy in Japan, sources say
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi November 25, 2020
Japanese abductee’s family wants Biden to address North Korean crimes

Japanese abductee’s family wants Biden to address North Korean crimes

The mother of Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean operatives at the age of 13, speaks out once again

Japanese abductee’s family wants Biden to address North Korean crimes
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi November 19, 2020
Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87

Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87

Father of Megumi Yokata passed away Friday following decades-long fight to repatriate daughter from the DPRK

Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi June 9, 2020
Fujimoto’s Japanese restaurant in Pyongyang remains open, sushi chef spotted

Fujimoto’s Japanese restaurant in Pyongyang remains open, sushi chef spotted

Despite reports, diner at "Takahashi" says chef still working in capital

Fujimoto’s Japanese restaurant in Pyongyang remains open, sushi chef spotted
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi July 8, 2019
Reports of Kenji Fujimoto detention “unconfirmed,” intelligence official says

Reports of Kenji Fujimoto detention “unconfirmed,” intelligence official says

Arrest a possibility, sources say, but disappearance could also be linked to illness

Reports of Kenji Fujimoto detention “unconfirmed,” intelligence official says
Japan must put diplomatic normalization with DPRK before abductee issue: former PM

Japan must put diplomatic normalization with DPRK before abductee issue: former PM

Yukio Hatoyama says improving relations must come before any resolution of the decades-long dispute

Japan must put diplomatic normalization with DPRK before abductee issue: former PM
Adrian Hong visited Tokyo ahead of February DPRK embassy break-in, sources say

Adrian Hong visited Tokyo ahead of February DPRK embassy break-in, sources say

Trip was reportedly part of efforts to secure protection for Kim Han Sol

Adrian Hong visited Tokyo ahead of February DPRK embassy break-in, sources say
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi April 24, 2019
Pokka still widely available in North Korea, despite Japanese embargo

Pokka still widely available in North Korea, despite Japanese embargo

Singapore office was looking for DPRK vendors as recently as April, emails reveal

Pokka still widely available in North Korea, despite Japanese embargo
In Tokyo, an increasing gap between words and action on North Korea

In Tokyo, an increasing gap between words and action on North Korea

The Japanese government's position on the threat posed by the DPRK is increasingly contradictory

In Tokyo, an increasing gap between words and action on North Korea
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi August 31, 2018
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