Archive for January, 2017

Media Reports: Japan Looks at Steps to Allow Emperor's Abdication

Japan’s government is planning legal steps that would allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate and his son to ascend the throne in two years, media reported on Wednesday, potentially setting the stage for the first abdication in two centuries.
Japanese Emperor Akihito, 83, hinted in August that he wanted t… …read more

Samsung Display Plans to Invest Additional $2.5Bln in Vietnam

[Economy] : A subsidiary of Samsung Electronics reportedly plans to invest a additional three trillion won, …[more…] …read more

N.Korea 'Could Fire Long-Range Missile from Mobile Launcher'

The Defense Ministry here on Monday warned that North Korea “seems to be capable” of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile from a mobile launcher. In a press briefing, ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said, “We’re keeping close watch on the North’s big anniversaries this year as possible … …read more

US: Recalling Japanese Diplomats 'Not Uncommon Practice'

[International] : Washington says Tokyo’s recent decision to recall its top diplomats stationed in South Korea in protest of the installment of a statue symbolizing victims of Japan’s sexual slavery is “not an uncommon practice.”
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30% of Men Over 40 Experience 'Male Menopause'

Age-related hormonal changes do not only affect women going through menopause. Men also experience a decline in sex-hormone production as they age, often showing symptoms of andropause, or “male menopause,” especially in the fall and winter months when exposure to sunlight decreases. In a 2010 study… …read more

U.S. Regains Top Spot Among Beef Exporters to Korea

The U.S. has replaced Australia as the largest beef exporter to Korea.
According to data released by the Korea Customs Service on Sunday, Korea imported 13,921 tons of beef from the U.S. in November last year, 3,611 tons more than from Australia.
The U.S. had been second to Australia since December… …read more

US Defense Chief: Ready to Shoot Down N. Korean ICBM

[International] : U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has vowed to shoot down a North Korean missile if it threatens …[more…] …read more

Seoul Regrets Japan's Suspension of Currency Swap Talks

[Politics] : The government on Friday expressed regret over Japan’s decision to suspend negotiations for a …[more…] …read more

Declassified Intel Report: Russia's Putin 'Ordered' Effort to Influence U.S. Election

A newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday found that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered” online effort to influence the U.S. presidential election.The report, released hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed on the information, said Russian intelligence servic… …read more

Defense Minister Visits Air Force Operations Command

[Domestic] : Defense Minister Han Min-koo made his first field inspection of the new year by visiting the Air …[more…] …read more

Is Park Trying to Derail Her Impeachment Trial?

The impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye has gotten off to a strange start. In the second hearing on Thursday, Park’s attorneys claimed that the beleaguered president is being targeted by mob justice, likened her to Jesus or Socrates, and accused candlelight protesters of “waging war” spurre… …read more

Finance Minister: S. Korea is Not Currency Manipulator

[Economy] : Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho has dismissed concerns that the incoming Donald Trump administration will designate South Korea as a currency manipulator.[more…] …read more

Suicide Dwindles Among Younger People

Suicide among younger people has dwindled over the last 25 years but increased among the older generation. According to researchers at Seoul National University led by Park Sang-hwa on Tuesday, between 1985 and 1989, men in their 20s and 30s accounted for 50.1 percent of all suicides among men, and … …read more

Foreign Minister Not to Rule Out US Preemptive Strike on N. Korea

[Politics] : Anchor: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se says the possibility of a preemptive strike on North Korea by …[more…] …read more

Trump's Secretary of State Pick Gets $180 Million Retirement Package from Exxon

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson and ExxonMobil have agreed to a $180 million retirement deal that will see Tillerson give up several million dollars in cash bonuses and put the equivalent of two million company shares into a trust.The agreement came about as a way for Tillerson to comply … …read more

Chung Yoo-ra to Stay Detained in Denmark until Jan. 30

[International] : Judiciary authorities in Denmark have confirmed that Choi Soon-sil’s daughter Chung Yoo-ra will remain detained until the end of January and face investigation by the Danish prosecution.
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McDonald's Opens Near Vatican

The Vatican is now in the fast food business, thanks to a new and controversial McDonald’s that opened in a Vatican-owned building just meters away from the Holy See.The new establishment, which will operate seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., opened despite the complaints of cardinals a… …read more

Trump Asks for Briefing on N.Korean Nukes

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has asked for an intelligence briefing on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported Sunday. “Trump’s first, and at that time only, request for a special classified intelligence briefing was for one on North Korea and its nuclear weapons program,” the n… …read more

Women More Prone to Smartphone Addiction

Women are twice as likely as men to become addicted to their smartphones, a study suggests.According to the survey by Kim Dae-jin at St. Mary’s Hospital in Seoul, the rate of smartphone addiction among women was 17.9 percent as against just 9.4 percent for men. Kim and his team surveyed 4,854 people… …read more