April 20, 2024

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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.

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North Korea abruptly cancels World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang, days before game

North Korea abruptly cancels World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang, days before game

DPRK nixed scheduled match despite sending team to Tokyo for first leg, reportedly fearing disease outbreak in Japan

North Korea abruptly cancels World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang, days before game
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi March 22, 2024
North Korea rejects six media requests to cover World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang

North Korea rejects six media requests to cover World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang

NK News among outlets denied entry for match against Japan, which expert attributes to hardline DPRK policy toward ROK

North Korea rejects six media requests to cover World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi March 19, 2024
Japan OKs record $56B defense budget, looking to counter North Korean missiles

Japan OKs record $56B defense budget, looking to counter North Korean missiles

Draft budget allocates funds for missile defense ships, counterstrike capabilities and hypersonic missile interceptors

Japan OKs record $56B defense budget, looking to counter North Korean missiles
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi December 22, 2023
Japan seeks funds for new missile defense ships to counter North Korean threats

Japan seeks funds for new missile defense ships to counter North Korean threats

Tokyo’s defense ministry requests largest budget ever, eyeing counterstrike capabilities and hypersonic missile defenses

Japan seeks funds for new missile defense ships to counter North Korean threats
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi August 31, 2023
North Korean missiles pose greater threat to Japan than ever, Tokyo says

North Korean missiles pose greater threat to Japan than ever, Tokyo says

New defense white paper reiterates need for ‘counterstrike’ capabilities in case DPRK carries out nuclear attacks

North Korean missiles pose greater threat to Japan than ever, Tokyo says
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi July 28, 2023
Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau

Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau

Chongryon’s newspaper boasts of special access and details coverage of major events, underscoring close ties to regime

Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi March 24, 2023
Japan says it won’t rule out sending aid to North Korea if it returns abductees

Japan says it won’t rule out sending aid to North Korea if it returns abductees

Experts say Pyongyang unlikely to agree to such terms due to fundamental disagreements on issue

Japan says it won’t rule out sending aid to North Korea if it returns abductees
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi March 1, 2023
Antonio Inoki, the man who brought pro wrestling to North Korea, dies at 79

Antonio Inoki, the man who brought pro wrestling to North Korea, dies at 79

Japanese parliamentarian and renowned martial artist visited Pyongyang over 30 times in efforts to push sports diplomacy

Antonio Inoki, the man who brought pro wrestling to North Korea, dies at 79
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi October 3, 2022
Japanese donations likely funded Unification Church projects in North Korea

Japanese donations likely funded Unification Church projects in North Korea

Former Tokyo intelligence officer tells NK News the church built Pyeonghwa Motors factory in Nampho with Japanese money

Japanese donations likely funded Unification Church projects in North Korea
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi August 16, 2022
North Korea able to hit Japan with nuclear weapons, white paper warns

North Korea able to hit Japan with nuclear weapons, white paper warns

Tokyo defense ministry’s annual report lists DPRK as key threat, mentions counterstrike capabilities for first time

North Korea able to hit Japan with nuclear weapons, white paper warns
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi July 25, 2022
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