Archive for February, 2016

Detained American in N.Korea Makes 'Public Confession'

An American college student detained in North Korea has publicly confessed to attempting to steal a political banner from a Pyongyang hotel.
Otto Warmbier appeared before a group of domestic and foreign journalists Monday in the North Korean capital, accompanied by North Korean guards. The 21-year-o… …read more

S. Korean Shipbuilders Suffer from Falling Demand

[Economy] : South Korea’s three major shipbuilders are suffering from falling demand amid a prolonged global …[more…] …read more

More Young Dieters Find Support Mate Online

More and more young people who are trying to lose weight look for a “diet mate,” with whom they can check the progress of their regime and encourage each other along the way.
They exchange photos of the food they eat, their weight and exercise.
One 27-year-old office worker said, “When I go to a res… …read more

'S. Korea Needs to Resume Currency Swap Deal with US'

[Economy] : South Korea’s Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho says that it is necessary to resume a currency swap deal with the United States.
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Final State Bar Exam under Current Law Taking Place Nationwide

[Domestic] : The first test of the nation’s 58th state bar exam took place at eleven test sites nationwide Saturday morning.[more…] …read more

FIFA Elects New President in Bid to Clean Up Scandal-hit Image

Football’s world governing body FIFA has elected a new president after its former leader, Sepp Blatter, was forced to step down last year after being charged with corruption. New president Gianni Infantino faces a huge task in trying to clean up the body. Infantino won with a majority in the s… …read more

USFK Chief: Conflict with N. Korea Would be Akin to WWII

[International] : The commander of U.S. Forces Korea has warned that a conflict with North Korea could …[more…] …read more

Nearly 100,000 Receive Monthly Retirement Pension of 1 Mln Won

[Domestic] : Recent tallies show that close to 100-thousand South Koreans receive at least one million won, or about 810 U.S. dollars, per month from the country’s National Pension Service(NPS).
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Former Miss Korea Contestant Sul Soo-jin Devoted to Helping Burn Victims

Sul Soo-jin, actress and runner-up for Miss Korea in 1996, has been working for a foundation to support patients with burn injuries since 2011. The foundation provides financial support along with mentoring programs for the patients.
Sul spent many sleepless nights before she decided to accept the o… …read more

Budget Airlines Seek Fatter Margins from Optional Extras

Low cost carriers are trying to boost their profitability by offering optional extras like meals and priority baggage handling. Jeju Air said Wednesday that inflight food and beverages generated W223 million in sales last year, almost doubling from 2014 (US$1=W1,234). Among the options, pot noodles,… …read more

S. Korea’s Short-Term External Debt Falls

[Economy] : South Korea’s short-term external debt dropped in 2015 compared to a year earlier.
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Facebook Buys W1 Billion Worth of Samsung Virtual Reality Gear

Facebook has placed orders for 8,000 units of Samsung Electronics’ virtual reality headset Gear VR. The social media company is aggressively investing in virtual reality technology and hopes to exploit the market in earnest.
Facebook acquired 3,000 Gear VRs for its developers and the remainder for … …read more

Opposition Parties Filibuster to Stall Anti-Terrorism Bill

[Politics] : Opposition lawmakers are continuing a filibuster that began on Tuesday night to stall voting on an …[more…] …read more

Google Way More Popular Than Apple Among Jobseekers

Google has been named the best foreign employer in Korea among young prospective workers.The tech giant received over 70 percent of the votes in a poll of 2,007 college students and jobseekers by job search portal Job Korea from Feb. 11 to 18, making it almost three times more popular than second-pl… …read more

US, China Working to Narrow Gaps on N. Korea Sanctions

[International] : U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attempt to iron out details of fresh UN sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear weapons test last month.[more…] …read more

N.Korea Conducts Coastal Artillery Drill

North Korea conducted a coastal artillery drill on Saturday morning, firing rounds westwards near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border.
No rounds crossed the NLL, but residents on nearby Baeknyeong Island were tense amid the boom of the gunfire.
The South Korean military broadcast a… …read more

WSJ: US and N. Korea Engaged in Peace Talks Before Nuke Test

[International] : The Wall Street Journal(WSJ) has reported the U.S. and North Korea engaged in peace talks before …[more…] …read more

Japanese Scholar Refutes Tokyo's Denial of Sexual Slavery

[International] : A Japanese expert on Tokyo’s wartime sex slavery has slammed the Japanese government’s claim that no evidence has been found that Japanese troops forcibly recruited foreign women as sex slaves.[more…] …read more

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions Against N.Korea

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed legislation imposing new sanctions against North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.
The bill calls for imposing mandatory sanctions on anyone assisting Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, cyberattacks and human rights abuse… …read more

Korean Air Pilots Vote for Strike

[Economy] : Unionized pilots of South Korea’s flagship carrier Korean Air have voted in favor of a …[more…] …read more