Typhoon Sends Car Flying

September 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Typhoon Jelawat struck Okinawa Saturday, injuring at least 50 people and leaving more than 200,000 without power. Powerful winds sent this car flying in a Urasoe, Okinawa, parking lot.

S. Korea presses Japan on wartime sexual slavery at U.N.

September 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Comfort Women, Dokdo, Prison Camp, Sexual Slavery, War Crimes 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) — In a thinly-veiled swipe at Japan, South Korea’s top diplomat urged the world to make utmost efforts to end “wartime sexual violence” and exhorted any offender to face “the dark side of its history and rectify past wrongdoings.”

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan also implicitly criticized Japan for continuing to claim the South Korean islets of Dokdo, saying “no country should abuse” the rule of law to infringe upon another’s territorial integrity.

Although Kim did not mention Japan by name or directly refer to historical issues raising tensions with Tokyo in his speech, such as so-called “comfort women” and Dokdo, it was the first time South Korea has raised such issues at the U.N. assembly.

 ”Wartime sexual violence is a fundamental infringement of human rights, and is in fact an affront to human dignity and integrity,” Kim said.

Kim urged the world to “make utmost efforts to put an end to such atrocities, not only taking all measures to protect women and girls in armed conflicts, but also providing effective remedies and reparations for victims.”

“It requires a sound historical consciousness and heartfelt soul-searching on any past wrongdoings in order for solid peace and stability to be established between nations,” Kim said.

Read more:http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/09/29/82/0301000000AEN20120929001400315F.HTML

North Korea Gossip: Gulag Closes, Kim’s Aunt Sick?

September 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Kim Kyong Hui is slightly visible as she sits on on amusement park ride with Kim Jong Eun and another man at the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in this photo taken July 25. Rumors are now flying about her health

This was the week North Korea watchers thought Kim Jong Eun would show that he’s up to more than just visiting amusement parks and military bases. Instead of a groundbreaking (or even mildly interesting) meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly, a flurry of intriguing reports and rumors have emerged from Pyongyang this week, including the closure of one of its hideous gulags.

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/09/28/north-korea-gossip-gulag-closes-kims-aunt-sick/

Ahn, Psy and rise of the outsider

September 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Two things happened last week that captured the zeitgeist in Korea. One was the announcement by Ahn Cheol-soo, the software entrepreneur, that he was running for president and the other was rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style’’ breaking the world record for the most liked YouTube video. What connects these two seemingly unrelated events is that both display the appeal of authenticity that reflects pent-up demand for social change in Korea.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/09/198_120945.html

US urges calm in China-Japan and Japan-Korea islands disputes, but won’t serve as mediator

September 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Obama administration on Friday pressed U.S. allies Japan and South Korea to continue their cooperation on North Korea and other key issues, despite a dispute over a contested islet, and also urged Tokyo and Beijing to make serious diplomatic efforts on an even sharper dispute over maritime borders.

Read more: http://www.newser.com/article/da1iut500/us-urges-calm-in-china-japan-and-japan-korea-islands-disputes-but-wont-serve-as-mediator.html

SKorea: Japan must educate its people about WWII

September 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Comfort Women, War Crimes 

NEW YORK — South Korea’s foreign minister said Thursday that Japan’s wartime past will overshadow relations between the two staunch U.S. allies until Japan educates its people about crimes committed during colonial rule.

In an interview with The Associated Press on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said: “We are victims of Japanese colonial rule.”

Kim, who will meet with Japan’s foreign minister later Thursday, also said South Korea would not compromise in its dispute over the tiny Dokdo islands, called Takeshima by Japan, which has further strained ties.

“When the Japanese government claims Dokdo is their territory, Korean people (take) it as another attempt to invade our country,” Kim said. “So that’s the Korean sentiment and I hope that Japanese government understands this.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120927/un-un-skorea-japan/

Shame hampers Korea’s struggle against suicide

September 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Sept 26, 2012): South Korea’s efforts to curb its alarming suicide rate are being undermined by a deep-rooted belief that seeking help for mental problems leads to social and professional exclusion, health experts say.

Suicide, fuelled by an intense pressure for academic and career achievement, has become a perennial blight on a country whose rapid economic development has otherwise raised living standards and encouraged social mobility.

Figures released by the Health Ministry earlier this month showed South Korea’s 2009 suicide rate of 33.8 people per 100,000 was the highest among member nations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Read more: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/500999

S. Korea Refuses Japan Port Call In Drill

September 25, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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TOKYO — South Korea is refusing to allow a Japanese warship to dock at its port during a joint naval exercise, media said on Sept. 25, as ties between the pair remain strained over disputed islands.

Tokyo has lodged a protest with Seoul over the refusal during an exercise that also involves the U.S. and Australia, reports said, with one diplomat calling it “extremely rude”.

Read more: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120925/DEFREG03/309250005/S-Korea-Refuses-Japan-Port-Call-Drill-Reports?odyssey=nav%7Chead

Korea refutes Japanese PM’s remarks on wartime sexual slavery

Japan should resolve a long-standing grievance regarding Korean women forced to serve as sex slaves during World War II through a sincere apology and compensation, a senior Seoul official said Monday, refuting published remarks on the matter by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The issue of Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of Korean women for its front-line soldiers is one of the most emotional and unresolved issues between South Korea and Japan.

Korea has pressed Japan to resolve the issue through an apology and compensation for the aging Korean women on a humanitarian level, but Tokyo refuses to do so, saying the matter was already settled by a 1965 treaty that normalized relations between the two countries

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/09/120_120735.html

China-Japan Islands Dispute Stokes S. Korean Tourism Boom

September 24, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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“I picked Korea because I’m reluctant to go to Japan,” the 24-year-old from Hong Kong said in the South Korean capital last week during a trip with friends. “I don’t want to visit a country that makes me uncomfortable.”

South Korea expects a record 100,000 Chinese tourists during a weeklong holiday starting Oct. 1 as vacationers switch plans because of a consumer boycott of Japanese goods and travel. The protests have been sparked by Japan’s move to nationalize disputed islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-23/china-japan-islands-dispute-stokes-south-korean-tourism-boom

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