Archive for December, 2017

President Moon looks forward to innovative, fair economy in 2018

President Moon Jae-in presides over the first National Economic Advisory Council and Economic Ministers’ Meeting, at Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 27. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Cheong Wa Dae …

(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on Dec. 29)

No time for diplomatic row We are deeply concerned about President Moon Jae-in’s announcement that he personally does not accept the 2015 agreement between the Park Geun-hye administration and the Shinzo Abe government to close the chapter on dipl …

Park Struck Undisclosed Agreement on Sex Slavery Deal

A controversial deal struck by the Park Geun-hye administration with Japan on the indirect compensation of Korean wartime sex slaves was wrapped up in secret concessions from Seoul, a report published Wednesday shows. The report written by a Foreign Ministry task force says that the deal signed in D… …

Pope gives pep talk to activists in S. Korea, worldwide fighting for abolition of capital punishment

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Yonhap) — Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement to the South Korean Catholic community and other activists worldwide fighting for the abolition of capital punishment, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea said Thursday. …

Court assigns refugee status to Nigerian man and his family

“K,” a 44-year-old Nigerian national, arrived in South Korea for a short-term stay in Feb. 2015 and applied for refugee status with [his] two children. K claimed to have been threatened due to his Chr.. …

One out of 4 S. Korean Households Raise Pets

[Domestic] : Over 28 percent of all South Korean households are raising pets. This is according to a survey …[more…] …

Political parties call on government to resolve comfort women deal

Political parties on Thursday expressed anger and called on the government to come up with a solution, as they reacted t …

(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on Dec. 28)

A delicate balance The government has released the results of a task force’s five-month re-examination of the 2015 agreement between Seoul and Tokyo on the resolution of diplomatic disputes over the thorny sex slave issue. The hurried process to s …

North Korean economic growth surpasses South Korea’s for first time in eight years

North Korea’s economic growth rate for 2016 surpassed South Korea’s for the first time in eight years, Statistics Korea data show. But analysts predict its 2017 growth will be hindered by historic dro.. …

Activists demand scrapping of sexual slavery deal

South Korean civic groups demanded Wednesday the government nullify the Korea-Japan deal over Japan’s wartime sexual ens …

Court Dismisses Injunction Against People's Party Merger Vote

[Politics] : The Seoul Southern District Court on Wednesday dismissed an injunction against a general vote at …[more…] …

National Assembly speaker meets Philippine's Senator Pacquiao

Philippine Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao (left) and National Assembly Speaker Chung Syekyun shake hands at the National Assembly building in Yeouido, Seoul, on Dec. 22. (National Assembly of the Republic …

Actress Yoon Son-ha to Emigrate After Bullying Scandal

Actress Yoon Son-ha is emigrating to Canada with her family after her son was involved in bullying a classmate in elementary school earlier this year. Yoon’s management agency said Tuesday that she will move to Canada until her son finishes high school. Yoon was pilloried online after her son was na… …

KOSDAQ Closes over 3% Higher Wednesday

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) on Wednesday rose nine-point-33 points, or …[more…] …

[Best Brand] ‘Excessive use of smartphones causes serious injury among kids’

Mobile devices have become far more abundant in recent years, and so have a series of stress injuries on the neck and sp …

Opposition leader says N.K. ICBMs designed for invasion, not regime protection

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) — The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party claimed Wednesday that North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) is intended to keep U.S. forces at bay and invade South Korea for unificati …

Fantasy Spectacle Captures Christmas Box Office

“Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds,” directed by Kim Yong-hwa, attracted 4.61 million viewers until Sunday, just six days after its release. The pace is similar to the two of the biggest box-office hits in the history of Korean cinema, “Roaring Currents” in 2014 and “Train to Busan” in 2016.On Chr… …

Catcalling on the rise in South Korea

A woman surnamed Seo, 22, was walking down the street in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul’s Yongsan District on Dec. 10 when a stranger suddenly commented on her looks, saying “You are so beautiful!”.. …

National Health Insurance to Cover Diagnosis of Early Stage Dementia from 2018

[Domestic] : South Koreans aged 60 or older will be able to get Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) scanning at a …[more…] …

Korea to scrap long-range military radar development project

South Korea’s defense authorities decided Tuesday to ditch a program to develop a fixed long-range radar system against …