US soldier shot by S Korean police during car chase

March 3, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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An American soldier was in stable condition Sunday after being shot by South Korean authorities during a late-night car chase, police said Sunday.

According to Seoul’s Yongsan Police Station, police received calls shortly before midnight Saturday that two American soldiers, including the injured, were threatening civilians with an air gun in the multicultural district of Itaewon.

The two U.S. soldiers were approached by Seoul police near Itaewon Station, but they refused to identify themselves and fled in a vehicle, leading to the car chase through the capital city.

When they came to a dead end in southeastern Seoul, police fired off a warning shot and three rounds of bullets as the vehicle tried to rush through police officers despite warnings.

The car’s driver was hit by one of the bullets and another officer was slightly injured in the process, according to police.

The soldier, only identified by his rank of private first class, is currently receiving treatment on his upper body at a U.S. military hospital in Seoul and is in stable condition, according to officers.

In the process of fleeing, the servicemen damaged other cars, prompting officers from other stations to rush to the scene.

Police said they identified the soldiers with their vehicle license plate number and called them to appear before officers for questioning by Monday. Yonhap

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One of the Yongsan police officials said police believe the two servicemembers were drunk. However, initial tests for intoxicating substances did not indicate the presence of alcohol, according to an Eighth Army statement. Stars and Stripes

Guns are banned in South Korea, where only police and the military are allowed to carry them. U.S. troops conducting off-base patrols no longer carry guns following a July 2012 incident outside Osan Air Base in which town patrol members handcuffed South Korean civilians during a dispute over an illegally parked car. Stars and Stripes

The U.S. 8th Army in the area reportedly offered an apology and vowed to cooperate in the investigation. AFP

About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea. Crimes or disputes involving the U.S. troops are a sensitive subject in South Korea. AFP

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South Korea’s highest court upholds US soldier’s conviction, sentence

February 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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ajosshi.com: This is the soldier that stole the vic’s laptop, not the soldier that burned, stabbed, and terrorized his vic.

SEOUL — The six-year prison sentence for a U.S. Forces Korea soldier convicted of raping a drunk South Korean teen was upheld by South Korea’s highest court on Thursday, rejecting the soldier’s second and final appeal.

Read more: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/bad-behavior-in-the-pacific/south-korea-s-highest-court-upholds-us-soldier-s-conviction-sentence-1.210013

Military curfew in Korea will continue, USFK commander says

January 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Criminals, Culture, Kidnapping, Rape, Torture, U.S. Policy 

“SEOUL — The off-installation curfew for U.S. servicemembers in South Korea will continue indefinitely, according to a general order issued Monday by U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James Thurman.

. . .  USFK commander Gen. Walter Sharp rescinded an unpopular 9-year-old curfew in July 2010, saying it was not necessary because troops could be trusted to behave off base.

Three months later, Thurman reinstated it after a rash of incidents involving U.S. servicemembers, including two high-profile rape cases, sparked widespread criticism from the Korean public, media and lawmakers, who suggested not enough was being done to control the 28,500 American troops here.”

Read more: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/military-curfew-in-korea-will-continue-usfk-commander-says-1.204222

Malaysia and South Korea sign extradition pact

January 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and South Korea on Wednesday signed a landmark extradition treaty enabling both countries to repatriate wanted criminals and exchange intelligence information.

The treaty, also aimed at combating increasing cross-border crimes, was signed by Malaysia’s Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and South Korea’s Minister of Justice, Kwon Jae Jin.

Read more: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/17/nation/20130117224635&sec=nation

Bank of Korea urges more relaxed immigration policy

January 14, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Criminals, Culture, Economy, History, Info, Trade, Travel 

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.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2013/01/15/2003552541

New U.S. law authorizes strike on China

January 14, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Criminals, Nukes, U.S. Policy, War Crimes 

Published on Jan 14, 2013

The right to a preemptive nuclear strike against China is now part of US law – thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Pentagon’s also ordered a thorough review of when, and how, America could strike at the network of tunnels believed to hold Beijing’s atomic arsenals.

Editor of a Japan-based news website James Corbett suggests ulterior motives in this decision of US government.

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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

Greek police beat up another ‘illegal immigrant’ who’s actually a tourist

January 10, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Even after Greek police handcuffed him without giving cause, took his passport and beat him on three separate occasions as they dragged him to the station, South Korean tourist Hyun Young Jung insisted on being sympathetic. ”I can understand them asking me for ID and I even understand that there may have been a case to justify them hitting me in the first instance,” he told BBC News. “But why did they continue beating me after I was handcuffed?”

In August, Greece instituted a new law enforcement strategy, termed “Operation Xenios Zeus,” to detain and export illegal immigrants. It’s hard to qualify the program as a success. Of the 60,000 people detained, only 4,200 have ultimately been arrested. But it’s also produced shocking stories like Hyun Young Jung’s, of well-meaning tourists who come to spend money and are rewarded with detention and, sometimes, a beating. Ironically, though the harsh anti-immigration law behind their treatment is purportedly meant to protect Greece’s economy, it could end up doing the opposite.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/10/greek-police-beat-up-another-illegal-immigrant-whos-actually-a-tourist/

Japan sends envoy to South Korea in bid to dial down tensions

In the wake of elections that put hawkish leaders in power, Japan has reached out to South Korea in a bid to dial down tensions. Shinzo Abe, the new prime minister of Japan, sent an envoy to South Korea to meet Friday with Park Geun-hye, who was recently elected president.

“I’d like to act as a bridge to make this year a good one for both of our countries,” Japanese envoy Fukushiro Nukaga said, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

Park said she too wanted to rebuild ties, but urged Japan to “squarely face” its history. The closely watched meeting comes as the two countries spar over disputed islands and the sensitive history of South Koreans serving as “comfort women” for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-japan-envoy-south-korea-20130104,0,3383711.story

Risking lives to escape North Korea

November 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Risking lives to escape North Korea

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7426861.stm

Hundred of thousands of North Koreans are fleeing their country illegally, crossing north into China.

A camera team from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper spent the past 10 months filming activity at the border. The BBC’s Olenka Frenkiel was given exclusive access to their material.

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