Archive for December, 2015

Postpartum Depression on the Rise

The number of women suffering from postpartum depression is on the rise.
According to a survey by the Korea Population, Health and Welfare Association of 1,309 married women in their 20s to 40s, 90.5 percent said they suffered from depression after childbirth and 33.7 percent felt suicidal. When ask… …read more

Finance Ministers Calls on Parliament to Pass Structural Reform Bills

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Minister of Strategy and Finance Choi Kyung-hwan has called on the National Assembly to swiftly pass structural reform bills.

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S.Koreans Live 12 Years Longer Than N.Koreans

South Koreans live about 12 years longer than their compatriots in North Korea, recent figures show.
The life expectancy of South Koreans is 78.2 years for men and 85 for women this year, but in North Korea it is 66 years for men and 72.7 for women, Statistics Korea said.
The difference is due mainl… …read more

Seoul Issues Statement on 50th Anniv. of 1965 Treaty with Japan

[Politics] :

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Treaty …

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Japan Executes 2 Convicted of Murder in 1st Jury Trial

Japan has executed the first two people convicted by a jury trial instead of professional judges under a new system that began six years ago.
The two men were the 63-year-old Sumitoshi Tsuda, convicted of killing three people in 2009, and the 39-eyar-old Kazuyuki Wakabayashi, convicted of killing a … …read more

KCTU to Rally Outside Parliament Against Labor Reform from Tuesday

[Domestic] :

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions will hold a rally outside the National Assembly to protest labor reform bills starting Tuesday, until the extraordinary Assembly session is concluded.

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LG to Run 1st Super Bowl Ad

LG will feature an ad for the first time in the 2016 Super Bowl finals, for an OLED TV.
The Super Bowl finals in the U.S. pit more than just two rival football teams against each other. Increasingly they are also a prime advertising opportunity, and companies compete fiercely to grab a slice of the … …read more

Number of S. Koreans Visiting North Reaches 5-Year High

[Inter-Korea] :

The number of South Koreans visiting the North has reached a five-year high as civilian exchanges …

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Bosnia to Apply for EU Membership in January

After years of delay, Bosnia will officially apply in January to join the European Union, encouraged by the bloc’s positive assessment of its reform progress, the chairman of the Balkan country’s three-man presidency said on Thursday.
Bosnia signed a pre-membership pact on closer ties known as a Sta… …read more

Gov't to Produce Guidelines on Dismissal, Employment Rules Next Year

[Domestic] :

The government plans to ensure the parliamentary passage of labor reform bills by the end of this year and to produce guidelines on employee dismissal and employment-change rules next year.

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Households Cut Back on Spending Due to Housing Costs

A large number of households are cutting back on spending in order to finance the soaring cost of housing rent and leases.
The Hyundai Research Institute polled 805 adults and found that 43.6 percent had cut down on spending due to the financial burden of paying for their home.
By age group, 51.7 p… …read more

S. Korea Wins One Gold, Five Bronze at Sambo Championships

[Sports] :

South Korea achieved its best results ever at the sambo championships in Kazakhstan.
 
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Korea Slides on World Peace Index

The World Peace Index hit its lowest level as conflict proliferated around the world. The index measures the state of peace in 143 countries based on various factors.
The index last year was 67.4 points out of 100, down 2.2 points from the previous year, the Seoul-based World Peace Forum said in a r… …read more

Foreign Director of S. Korea's National Museum Takes Office

[Culture] :

Former head of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Bartomeu Mari Ribas, took up the post of director of South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) on Monday.

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USFK Relocation Delayed Till End-2017

The epic relocation of U.S. Forces Korea headquarters from Yongsan in Seoul to Pyeongtaek will not be completed by the 2016 deadline.
Korea and the U.S. decided last Thursday to face the reality, which announced to the press by Kim Kie-soo, who heads the project on the Korean side, and Lt. Gen. Bern… …read more

Korean Shipbuilders' Orders Only 5% of China's in November

Korean shipbuilders lagged far behind their Chinese rivals in terms of new orders in November, although Korea remained the global leader in cumulative orders.
According to data released by shipping service provider Clarksons on Sunday, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering ranked No. 1 in term… …read more

S. Korea Declines to Link Family Reunions to Tourism Resumption

[Inter-Korea] :

The government says Pyongyang should earnestly review Seoul’s proposal to improve relations and …

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Inter-Korean Vice-Minister Talks Fail to Reach Agreement

[Politics] :

The two Koreas wrapped up their vice-ministerial level talks in Gaeseong, North Korea without …

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Canada Welcomes First Planeload of Syrian Refugees

United Nations and international agencies welcomed the arrival in Toronto, Canada, of a first group of Syrian refugees for settlement.
The 163 refugees, who traveled from Beirut, Lebanon, are the first of 25,000 Syrians to be resettled in Canada by early next year. They arrived late Thursday in Toro… …read more

Ahn to Issue Statement on Course of Action Sunday Morning

[Politics] :

Former co-chairman of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) Ahn Cheol-soo will issue a statement Saturday regarding the NPAD’s current chief refusing his proposal to hold a party convention.

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