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[6 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Koreans usually see themselves from the point of view of the victims, for example, of wartime sex slavery under Japanese imperialism. So, more than 40 years after the Vietnam War ended, it is difficult to find any feelings of guilt here over Korea’s role in that war, even if the nation sent over 300,000 soldiers to Vietnam. There, 16,000 of them died and some still suffer long-term effects from exposure to defoliants.
According to a Vietnamese military report published in the 1980s, South Korean soldiers killed about 5,000 Vietnamese civilians. Some …

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[22 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

Many teenagers dream of becoming entertainers amid the popularity of K-pop and K-dramas abroad. However, data shows that only a handful of them enjoy wealth while the rest struggle to make ends meet.
According to the National Tax Service, a total of 15,423 actors reported their income in 2015. Their average annual income was 68 million won.
However, there was a huge polarization between the top earners and the rest. The top 1 percent of the income bracket, totaling 154 people, reported an average 1.96 billion won annual income. This means the …

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[29 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps.
Designed by a veteran of science fiction blockbusters, the four-meter-tall, 1.5-ton Method-2 towers over a room on the outskirts of Seoul.
The hulking human-like creation bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie “Avatar”.
It is claimed as a world first by its creators at Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean robotics company, where about 30 engineers were hard at work conducting initial tests …

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[22 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The survival rate of cancer patients in Korea has surpassed 70 percent, due to early diagnosis and treatment through advanced medical technology, the health authorities said Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the National Cancer Center, in a survey conducted between 2010 and 2014, 70.3 percent of cancer patients had survived more than five years after their first diagnosis. The rate is on a marked increase since the 1990s when only 41.2 percent of the patients survived.
Thyroid cancer reported the highest survival rate at almost 100 percent, …

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[26 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

A Korean woman dressed in traditional attire has held her arms wide open for a hug in the middle of a busy street in Osaka, Japan, where anti-Korea sentiment has been running high recently.
A wooden sign in front of her read in Japanese: “I am Korean. Anti-Korea rally is taking place across the street. But I trust you. Would you like a hug?”
Her eyes were covered and nervousness was etched on her face.
Yoon Su-yeon stood on the street Monday to offer hugs to Japanese passersby.
A group of anti-Korea protesters marched …

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[12 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Samsung halts sale, exchange of Note 7 over safety fearsSamsung on Tuesday called a worldwide halt to the sale and exchange of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, citing continued safety concerns, and advised all customers to stop using the device immediately.
The dramatic warning came in a written statement issued a little over a month after the world’s largest smartphone maker announced a global recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in 10 markets following complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging.
The unprecedented recall was a major PR blow for the …

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[2 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Korea’s corporate governance and investor protection are not at high levels among major emerging economies, particularly lagging behind those of Malaysia in all aspects, according a report by the International Monetary Fund.
In its Global Financial Stability report released Friday, the IMF unveiled indexes on the levels of major emerging economies in six categories, which also included small shareholder protection and corporate audits.
According to the report, Korea’s investor protection index stood at 6.7 as of 2013, the same as Chile and Turkey and higher than the 6.0 recorded by …

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[29 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement has taken jobs from Americans. But a recent U.S. government report is telling the opposite.
In its “Jobs supported by export destination 2015” report, the U.S. Department of Commerce said: “Korea is the country that made the fourth-largest contribution to jobs created in the United States.” The report estimated about 890,000 new jobs were created thanks to U.S. exports between 2009 and 2015.
In July, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) also issued a report that said the Korea-U.S. …

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[27 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Kang Gyou-hong, 63, has spent decades shining and repairing shoes inside a tiny stainless steel booth near Gwanak District Office in Seoul.
Working with many customers over the last 27 years, Kang says he didn’t make much money but learned to be grateful for what he got.
Satisfaction is the greatest aspect of his work.
“Customers give me a pair of dull shoes, and I make them look remarkably good,” he said. “Every time my customers come to get their shoes back, their faces light up, thanking me for making their old shoes …

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[12 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]

Vitamin C has been found to be effective in reducing oxidative stress, according to a recent study.
A research team led by Suh Hyung-joo, a food and nutrition professor at Korea University, announced on Aug. 30 that vitamin C has an anti-oxidative stress effect and helps maintain stable biorhythm.
The researchers conducted an experiment with fruit flies between September 2015 and last May to study the effects of vitamin C, caffeine and taurine on behavior and lifespan.
According to the study, fruit flies taking caffeine or taurine were in an aroused state …