Archive for January, 2018

President Moon vows to strengthen public childcare

President Moon Jae-in enjoys a magic show with young audience members at a childcare center in Dogong-gu District, Seoul, on Jan. 24. (Cheong Wa Dae Facebook) By Yoon Sojung Presiden …

President Moon urges full, swift support for victims of hospital fire

President Moon Jae-in called for swift measures to help minimize damage from the tragic fire that took place Friday at a …

What High-Ranking N.Korean Official Can Attend Olympics?

Most of the top echelons of the North Korean regime are on various sanctions blacklists and cannot attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for informal negotiations. They include Choe Ryong-hae, now seen as leader Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man, but not Kim’s sister Yo-jong, who has been promoted to… …

Moon Orders Measures to Minimize Additional Damage from Fire

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has called for measures to minimize additional damage from a fire that broke out at a hospital in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province early Friday. Presiding over an emergency meeting of top presidential aides, Moon instructed all necessary medical attention for survivors to minimize …[more…] …

Overseas dispatched missionaries asked to take extra safety precaution

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s foreign ministry on Friday called on missionaries dispatched overseas to take extra safety precaution amid increasing terror threats to civilians. In a meeting in Seoul with religious organizations, the mini …

Olympics Organizers Preparing for Extreme Cold

The mercury plunged to -21.9 degrees Celsius in Pyeongchang on Wednesday, brought down to as low as -36.4 degrees by winds blowing at a speed of 11.4 m/s. If the area is hit by such an extreme cold during the Winter Olympics, it could seriously affect the event. Weather is one of the biggest factors… …

SK government requests bilateral discussions following imposition of trade safeguards

The Office of the Minister for Trade (OMT) announced on Jan. 24 that it had formally requested bilateral discussions with the US Trade Representative (USTR) on a US decision imposing safeguards on lar.. …

Companies Cut Electricity Use as Demand Surges amid Cold Weather

[Domestic] : South Korea has urged local companies to lower their electricity consumption for a second consecutive day as heating demand surged due to freezing temperatures.   The Korea Power Exchange said it asked the companies participating in the country’s demand response(DR) system to cut their consumption twice on …[more…] …

Hardline labor group to return to three-way dialogue with gov’t, management

A hardline labor confederation decided Thursday to return to a dialogue panel with the government and management for the …

(LEAD) Hard-line labor group to return to three-way dialogue with gov't, management

(ATTN: ADDS more info in last 2 paras) SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — A hard-line labor confederation decided Thursday to return to a dialogue panel with the government and management for the first time in eight years. The new leaders of the Korean Co …

President Moon holds phone call with Uzbekistani leader

President Moon Jae-in held a telephone conversation with Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Jan. 24 to discuss measures to boost the bilateral cooperative relationship between the two countri …

Real name system for cryptocurrency transactions to take effect on Jan. 30

A real-name system for cryptocurrency transactions is to be introduced in South Korea as of Jan. 30. With the new system, deposits and withdrawals for cryptocurrency transactions will only possible af.. …

Indian Chamber of Commerce appoints new secretary general

Secretary General of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, Lee Hwi-jae (ICCK)The Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea …

Elton John Retiring, Says Upcoming Tour Will Be His Last

Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a “way to go out with a bang.””I’ve had a good run, I think you’d admit that,” John said Wednesday, adding that he wanted to “leave people thinking, ‘I saw … …

(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on Jan. 25)

Welcome guest or party pooper? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed he is coming to the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics despite earlier speculation that he would skip the event in protest of the Seoul government’s criti …

Olympic Opening Ceremony to Send Message of Peace

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9 will take the form of a fairytale adventure through Korea’s culture and history. “We aim to project the country’s passionate pursuit of peace and harmony,” said Song Seung-hwan, the creative director of the show, on Wednesday…. …

Team Korea Launches, Eyes 4th-Place Finish at PyeongChang Olympics

[Sports] : South Korean athletes who will compete at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics have vowed to do their best to live up to expectations for the host country.  They made the pledge Wednesday during the launching ceremony for Team Korea held by the Korea Sports and Olympics Committee in Seoul.  Prime Minister Lee …[more…] …

Korea's childbirths continue to slide in November

The number of newborns in South Korea dipped again in November, government data showed Wednesday, in the latest sign of …

(2nd LD) Seoul welcomes Abe's offer to visit during Winter Olympics

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details in last 4 paras; ADDS photo) SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) — The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s offer to visit South Korea, possibly to attend the opening ceremo …

Prosecutors expand investigation into former president Lee Myung-bak’s brothers

Prosecutors fired back at former president Lee Myung-bak’s politically charged accusations that their Jan. 22 raid on the office of former National Assembly member and Lee’s older brother Lee Sang-deu.. …