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Japan all-out to prevent placement of comfort women statue in US
The Japanese government is going all out to prevent the placement of a “comfort women statue,” the symbol of Japan’s wartime sex slavery, by Korean civic groups in Atlanta, Georgia, activists said Wednesday. The unveiling ceremony for the statue is scheduled for June 30 in Brookhaven, a suburb of Atlanta. This represents efforts by local Korean Americans to publicize Tokyo’s ...
Sculptor to make symbol of Vietnam massacres
The “comfort women” statue, created by sculptor couple Kim Un-sung and Kim Seo-kyung, has been at the center of the diplomatic row between Korea and Japan. A symbol of the wartime sex slavery during World War II, several comfort women statues have been erected, including one near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in 2011 and another in front of the Japanese Consulate in Busan las...
23 lawmakers to propose bill to confiscate Choi Soon-sil's wealth
A group of 23 lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties agreed Tuesday to propose a special bill aimed at confiscating the hidden wealth of Choi Soon-sil, the jailed confidant of disgraced former President Park Geun-hye. Rep. An Min-suk of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea has drawn up the draft bill and 22 other lawmakers signed it. The bill calls for the creation ...
Half of S. Koreans back Gaeseong Industrial Complex reopening
About half of South Koreans are in favor of reopening the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (GIC), a symbol of inter-Korean cooperation, according to a survey released Monday. The Realmeter poll showed 49.4 percent of respondents were in support of the resumption of the inter-Korean industrial zone in the North Korean city, while 39.9 percent opposed it. Of the opponents, 16.8 perc...
Labor minister nominee faces tough hearing
Labor Minister nominee Cho Dae-yop faces a tough parliamentary confirmation hearing on June 28 for allegedly lying about drunk driving. Cho, a Korea University sociology professor, was caught driving under the influence of alcohol in 2007 near the university campus, with a blood alcohol level of over 0.1 percent. This was enough to cancel his license. When naming Cho Sunday, ...
Moon shrugs off opposition to appoint FM nominee
President Moon Jae-in indicated Thursday he will appoint Kang Kyung-wha as foreign minister despite the opposition parties’ objections. “As far as I know, Kang is a wonderful, courageous woman. As a career diplomat, she is widely recognized in the United Nations and in the international diplomatic field,” Moon said during a meeting with his senior secretaries. “I will respect...
Eat, drink, be merry in Boracay
BORACAY, Philippines - Sunshine, beaches and scuba diving with a variety of tropical fish that look like “Nemo” are never enough to describe a trip to Boracay, a beautiful tropical island in the Philippines. Once you arrive on Boracay, you should take off your shoes to feel the soft sand of the island’s iconic White Beach, complete with palm trees that go perfectly with the g...
Ban Ki-moon tapped to lead IOC ethics body
Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been tapped to lead the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Executive Board nominated the former foreign minister for South Korea, and the nomination will be put to vote an IOC session in September. “I am deeply honored to be nominated as the chairman of the IOC’s Ethics Commission and...
Justice Party leader's website remains paralyzed after ransomware attack
The official website of the former presidential candidate of the Justice Party, Rep. Sim Sang-jung, has fallen victim to a worldwide ransomware attack. Her website remained closed for five days as of Wednesday after suffering from the attack, the party said. The ransomware encrypts a victim’s data and demands cyber payment. It has been attacking servers of enterprises and org...
Parties collide over fair trade chief
The ruling and opposition parties clashed Wednesday over President Moon Jae-in’s appointment of Kim Sang-jo as chief of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) the previous day although he had been rejected by opposition parties.
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