December 05, 2020

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Oliver Jia

Oliver Jia is a Kyoto-based graduate student currently pursuing his master’s in international relations at Ritsumeikan University. His research focuses on Japan-DPRK relations and comparative foreign policy.

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‘Laugh, cry and be angry’: New film depicts life in North Korea’s prison camps

"True North" retells the horrors of North Korean human rights abuses through narrative fiction and animation

Oliver Jia November 15, 2020

Why North Korea will be a chronic headache for Japan’s new prime minister

The future of Japan-DPRK relations are uncertain in a post-Abe era and experts say Suga has little leverage to work with

Oliver Jia September 24, 2020

The giant's miniature garden: Masayuki Aramaki's Pyongyang odyssey

The Japanese filmmaker has been to North Korea 35 times, meticulously capturing daily life. Why does he keep going back?

Oliver Jia March 12, 2020

A North Korean school of rock: teaching heavy metal to Pyongyang school girls

Funky Sueyoshi reflects on his time at the June 9th school — and whether music could ever inspire change in the DPRK

Oliver Jia January 8, 2020

From North Carolina to North Korea and beyond: meeting a U.S. defector in Japan

Charles Robert Jenkins spent 39 years in the DPRK, working as everything from translator to silver screen star

Oliver Jia November 27, 2019