Jessica Phelan is based in Fukuoka, Japan. She has written from GlobalPost from Germany and France and was formerly editor of GlobalPost Morning Chatter, which she wrote daily until December 2013.
Business, Economics and Jobs
It's recently emerged that clothes made in North Korea's state-owned factories are being sold by major brands with labels indicating they're from China. Oops. Do you have something in your closet made in North Korea?
Rip Curl has apologized after some of its snow wear was discovered to have been made by a factory in North Korea. But the problem goes far beyond a few ski jackets.
It's dodgy but legal, to conservationists' dismay.
An international conference hopes to raise around $9 billion to assist displaced Syrians. They should take cash, not credit.
Health & Medicine
Doctors have confirmed the first transmission on US soil, which is believed to have been caused by infected semen.