south korea

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Common Ground Between North and South Korea: Aging and Shrinking Populations

The birth rate in South Korea, where I live and work, hit a record low this year, leading to concern about the impact an aging (and, eventually, shrinking) population might have on the nation’s society and economy. These charts show the long-term trends, both in actual population and projected changes, according to United Nations data. I’ve added North Korea, which actually has a higher fertility rate today, for context. First,...

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Visualizing South Korea’s Assailed Trade Relationship With The U.S.

President Trump isn’t happy with the United States’ bilateral trade agreement with South Korea. His main concern, it seems, is that the United States has suffered a “trade deficit”. That means South Korea — a key ally in East Asia on security issues, not just trade — has been exporting more goods to the United States than it has been importing. In 2016, this deficit was about $23.2 billion. That’s a...

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Visualizing North Korea’s Missile Launches

Despite international objections, North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles in the last week, including one that flew over Japan, raising regional tensions about the rogue state’s weapons development even higher. For those of us who live in South Korea, such provocations have become commonplace, especially since the North’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, took over after his father’s death in late 2011. They interrupt Sunday breakfasts or even national...

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Charting North Korean Provocations. A Case of ‘The Mondays’?

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Charting South Korean Attitudes Park Geun-hye’s About Impeachment

It’s been a busy few days of reporting in South Korea. The scandal-plagued president, Park Geun-hye, was removed from office on Friday over a corruption scandal that has roiled politics and business in the country during the last six months. Last night, two days after a court’s ruling to remove her, Park finally left the presidential complex. The public overwhelmingly supported Park’s ouster, even if the disgraced leader wasn’t the...

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A Day in North Korean Airspace

While looking for some North Korean flight data, I stumbled upon this visualization of the isolated country’s national airspace. It shows hundreds of flights in and around South Korea and Japan — but only a handful traveling to or through North Korea. Fascinating.

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Mapping South Korea’s Total and Foreign Populations — by Municipal District

South Korea, my adopted home for almost two years, has about 50 million residents as of the last census, in 2015. Most of them are settled in the country’s urban areas. About 22 million residents, for example, live in Seoul, the capital in the country’s northwest corner, and its adjacent province, Gyeonggi. As an experiment to create a choropleth map with D3 and NPR’s dailygraphics rig, which drives most of...

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Charting World Alcohol Consumption: How Much Does Each Country Drink?

A few weeks ago I posted about gender gaps in alcohol consumption around the world. In some countries — South Korea, for example — men and women consume quite different amounts of booze, according to the World Health Organization. Fueled by a love for sojo, South Korea’s men are among the heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming about 78 grams per day — nearly twice as much as other men on average....

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South Korea’s (Residential) Rise: How Building Heights, Home Sizes Vary

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I never lived in a high-rise building before moving to South Korea, but now home is 35 stories above central Seoul. The view is pretty great...

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Seoul’s Steamy Summer

Note: I followed my wife, a foreign correspondent for NPR News, to Seoul last year. This is one of a series of posts exploring our adopted country’s demographics, politics and other nerdy data stuff. Let me know if you have ideas for future posts. I’ve been away from Seoul for much of the summer, but now that I’m back it’s impossible not to hear all the complaining — among expats...

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