Archive for February, 2015

Korea Unveils Moon Rover

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology on Monday unveiled an unmanned rover that can search for rare minerals and metals on the moon’s surface.

The rover will be sent to the moon on a Korean-made rocket in 2020 to conduct a mission similar to NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.

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N. Korean Defector Shin Vows to Continue Human Rights Campaign

[Inter-Korea] :

A North Korean defector who admitted to lying in his biography has vowed to continue his campaign …

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Son Heung-min Scores Hat Trick

[Sports] :

South Korean Striker Son Heung-min of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany’s Bundesliga scored a hat-trick on Saturday although his team lost 5-4 against VfL Wolfsburg.

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Asahi: Japan Against Renewing $10 Bln Currency Swap with S. Korea

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Japanese media report that Tokyo is trying to end its ten-billion-dollar currency swap agreement …

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China Urges Myanmar to Restore Peace Along Border

China on Friday urged the Myanmar government and rebels to resolve their dispute peacefully so that refugees who were driven across the Chinese border can go home as soon as possible.

The clashes in Shan State, in the northeast of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, between the army and… …read more

Low Oil Prices Herald Change in Korean Car Market

Japanese and American carmakers have started to put up a good fight in the imported car market here after a long dominance by German brands.

Toyota, Honda, Infiniti and Chrysler are releasing new models and hope to increase their market share here by taking advantage of falling oil prices… …read more

US Experts Says Abe Will Face Resistance in Congress

[Politics] :

U.S. experts on Asian affairs say Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to face resistance …

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Gov't: Japanese Foreign Minister's Claim over Dokdo "Historically Regressive"

[Politics] :

South Korean government strongly criticized the Japanese foreign affairs minister for again raising …

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No Need for Moscow Trip Just to Meet Kim Jong-un

The U.S. is leaning on President Park Geun-hye not to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the Soviet Union’s World War II victory in Moscow on May 9.

Asked what the White House’s response would be if Park attends the event, Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told repo… …read more

S. Korea's Ice Hockey Team Advances to Second Round at Universiade

[Sports] :

South Korea’s men’s ice hockey team advanced to the second round at the 2015 Winter Universiade …

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S.Korea Must Give Defectors Real Opportunities

North Korean defectors in South Korea earned just W1.47 million a month on average last year, two thirds the overall average monthly wage of W2.33 million (US$1=W1,092).

A survey on 12,700 defectors by the Korea Hana Foundation, which helps them settle here, also found that they worked 47 … …read more

Nearly Half of N.Korean Defectors Unemployed

Only 53.1 percent of North Korean defectors were employed in 2014, 7.7 percent less than the overall employment rate of 60.8 percent in South Korea.

A survey of defectors by the Korea Hana Foundation, which helps defectors adjust to life in the South, on Monday shows that there has been so… …read more

JCS Chairman to Spearhead S. Korea's Cyber Warfare Operation

[Politics] :

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) will spearhead the cyber warfare operations of the South Korean military.

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Seoul to Provide Tutoring Service for Children of Multiracial Families

[Culture] :

Seoul City will provide an education program to help enhance the scholastic ability of children of …

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'Ode to My Father' 2nd Biggest Box-Office Hit of All Time

“Ode to My Father” had drawn over 13 million viewers as of last week, according to the Korean Film Council.

It is now the second biggest box-office hit in the history of Korean cinema after “Roaring Currents,” which attracted 17.61 million viewers last year.

The melodrama, which dre… …read more

China Opposed to Foreign Nations Welcoming Dalai Lama

China is opposed to foreign countries receiving the Dalai Lama, a government spokesman said Friday, one day after the Tibetan spiritual leader attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing that the Dalai L… …read more

Gov't, Ruling Party to Resume Health Insurance Reform

[Politics] :

The government and the ruling Saenuri Party held a meeting Friday and agreed to resume suspended …

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Korea Offers the World's Best Hotel WiFi

I have stayed in many of Korea’s diverse range of accommodations, from deluxe hotels to hanoks (traditional inns) and temples, and all have one thing in common — good quality WiFi. The internet service has never been interrupted whilst I have been in the country.

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US Historians Dismayed over Abe's Attempts to Distort History

[International] :

A group of U.S. historians has expressed dismay over the Japanese government’s attempts to suppress passages about Japan’s wartime sexual slavery in history textbooks.

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US Defense Nominee Vows to Boost Defense Against N. Korea

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, Ashton Carter, said that if confirmed, he will boost the U.S.’s defensive posture against North Korea’s ballistic missile threats.

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