S. Korea on alert against relocation of Chinese frigate

February 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Espionage, History, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

It has been confirmed that the frigate Liaoning has been relocated from Dalian port to Qingdao which is across the sea from the Korean peninsula, raising suspicions that it is designed to addresses increasing tensions in North Korea following its third nuclear testing.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/03/116_131254.html

North Korea Threatens U.S. Over Joint Military Drill

February 23, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday warned the top American military commander in South Korea that if the United States pressed ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea scheduled to begin next month, it could set off a war in which American forces would “meet a miserable destruction.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/north-korea-threatens-us-over-military-drill.html?_r=0

Japanese holiday ‘celebrating’ disputed islands sparks backlash in South Korea

South Korean national police guard the Takeshima islands in pairs positioned at various lookout points. (Chico Harlan/The Washington Post)

Web users in both Japan and South Korea are up in arms over Japanese celebrations on Friday of Takeshima Day — a quasi-official holiday designed, appropriately, to mark an old territorial spat between Japan and South Korea.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/23/japanese-holiday-celebrating-disputed-islands-sparks-backlash-in-south-korea/

As Families Change, Korea’s Elderly Are Turning to Suicide

February 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — Even with the explosive growth of suicides in South Korea, the case of the 78-year-old widow was shocking enough to merit attention in the recent presidential election and hand-wringing in the news media.

Rather than quietly taking her life at home as many South Koreans do, the woman staged her death as a final act of public protest against a society she said had abandoned her. She drank pesticide overnight in front of her city hall after officials stopped her welfare checks, saying they were no longer obligated to support her now that her son-in-law had found work.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/world/asia/in-korea-changes-in-society-and-family-dynamics-drive-rise-in-elderly-suicides.html?_r=0

Revealing N Korea’s gulag and nuclear sites

Google’s newly updated maps show unprecedented detail in aerial imagery of isolated labour camps and missile launch pad.
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An Overview of Korea

January 24, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Lecture presented by David C. Kang, Professor and Director, USC Korean Studies Institute.

Given to K-12 educators attending the Korea Academy for Educators workshop on teaching about Korea, this lecture provides a short overview of Korean history, politics, and North Korea. Intended to introduce broad themes in Korean history to a general audience, the lecture emphasizes Korea’s historical and contemporary international relations, its dynamic experiences during the 20th century, and a discussion of the people of North Korea.

The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea Loosens Cell Phone Restrictions For Visiting Foreigners

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals.

For years, North Korea required visitors to relinquish foreign cellphones at the border until their departure, leaving many tourists without an easy way to communicate with the outside world.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/north-korea-cell-phone_n_2518006.html

Bank of Korea urges more relaxed immigration policy

January 14, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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ajosshi.com: I cannot disagree more. This only benefits the few at the top, while forcing the sheeple to pick-up the direct and indirect expenses of hiring foreign workers. Instead, subsidize Korean workers. Then you don’t have to immigrate, socialize (aka, welfare), police, and subsidize foreign labor. Most Korean workers spend and keep their money in Korea. Most foreign workers spend minimally while in Korea and send the rest home.

Bank of Korea Governor Kim Choong-soo yesterday stressed the need to ease immigration policy and bring more foreign workers to a country whose rapidly aging population poses a serious economic challenge.

Speaking to foreign journalists in Seoul, Kim said Asia’s fourth-largest economy needed to “embrace more migrant workers” in order to drive future growth.

“For instance, the US welcomes 1 million, even up to 2 million immigrants a year, which helps its demographics remain so young and maintain economic vitality,” Kim said.

After years of promoting family planning in a crowded country of 50 million, South Korea has a chronically low birth rate that will halve the size of its youth population by 2060 and decimate its workforce.

One obvious way out was the adoption of “more future-oriented and open immigration policies,” Kim said. “By doing so we will be able to utilize these workers … in the right places of the economy and retain social vitality at the same time.”

By 2050, South Koreans aged 60 years or older will account for 39 percent of the population, up from 17 percent last year, data from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs show.

South Korea’s fertility rate — the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime — stood at just 1.01 in 2011, compared with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 1.71.

With South Koreans increasingly shunning low-paying manual jobs, Seoul in 2004 adopted legislation allowing companies to hire manual workers from 15 countries — mostly Southeast Asia. As of last year, more than 500,000 registered migrant workers — mostly from China and Southeast Asia — were working in the country.

Once an economic juggernaut that grew nearly 7 percent a year on average since the end of the Korean War in 1953, South Korea has in recent years entered a phase of more measured growth.

The economy is expected to grow 2.8 percent this year after expanding 2 percent last year, Kim said.


Abe to turn the screws on N. Korea over abductions

January 13, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Japan plans to expand travel restrictions on resident North Koreans and increase scrutiny on remittances to the country as part of independent sanctions over Pyongyang’s recent launch of a long-range ballistic missile, sources said.

Japan prohibits top executives of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) from re-entering Japan if they travel to North Korea.

The government is considering expanding the scope of senior Chongryon officials subject to the ban, the sources said.

It is also considering lowering the remittance to North Korea for which reports are required, which is currently more than 3 million yen ($33,600), the sources said.

The government will also set up a new headquarters comprising all Cabinet ministers in late January to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

Read more: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201301140007

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