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Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

Can Abe Get Japan Back on the Korea Bus?

At the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outlined his hardline approach to North Korea in no uncertain terms. “Again and again, attempts to resolve issues through dialogue have all come to naught. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third […]

South Korea: refusing checkup is discrimination against HIV carrier

South Korea: refusing checkup is discrimination against HIV carrier

It is discrimination against HIV carriers for a healthcare center to refuse them a medical checkup, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) said. The rights watchdog advised the institution to educate its staff of human rights. According to the commission, Monday, an HIV positive patients made a temporary reservation in August 2017 for […]

Forecasting Korea’s future

Forecasting Korea’s future

The French have two expressions that capture the essence of Kim Jong-un’s New Year address. First, there’s “deja vu” ― or maybe “deja vu all over again,” as the American baseball player Yogi Berra famously put it. And then there’s “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” ― “the more things change, the more […]

Moon expands communication with chaebol

Moon expands communication with chaebol

Approval ratings of President Moon Jae-in remained relatively high in the first week of this year on the back of public approval for his signature “engagement-focused” North Korea policy. But his lackluster and not-that-impressive domestic policy, particularly the apparent failure of its economic policies after its decision to hike the minimum wage and cut the […]

South Korea soon to take back trash from Philippines

South Korea soon to take back trash from Philippines

South Korea will soon take back thousands of tons of trash that were illegally exported to the Philippines, the environment ministry here said Friday. “We’re now consulting with the Philippine government on schedules to bring back 6,300 tons of plastic garbage illegally shipped to the country,” Lee Byung-wha, a senior official at the ministry, said. […]

“Young, old generations do not understand each other”

“Young, old generations do not understand each other”

Complaints and conflicts are piling up between the young and old as Korea is rapidly becoming an aging society, which leaves the young working class with a heavier economic burden to take care of elderly citizens.  “The rapidly ageing population and low birthrate have put our society at risk, inevitably landing the younger generations a […]

North Korean leader’s speech shows international sanctions working

North Korean leader’s speech shows international sanctions working

Although much of the media focus was placed on his warning he would find a “new way” if the U.S. sticks to the sanctions, experts here argued that the New Year address of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was mainly about the economy. It could indicate the sanctions by the United Nations and the United […]

Confusing ‘Korean age’ system dies hard

Confusing ‘Korean age’ system dies hard

The year 2019 has arrived. This means all Koreans have just become a year older. Welcome to the “Korean age” system, in which everyone becomes a year old at birth and gains an additional year every New Year’s Day. This method originated in China centuries ago and was once used by several countries in the […]

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

WHAT can face-to-face diplomacy between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un achieve? It is wisest not to expect a revolutionary change in Trump’s approach and instead for him to play to his strengths: ceremony and personal relationships. On substance, the South Korean-led process should be allowed to take the lead […]

Talking at the Top: Past, Present and Future Summit Diplomacy in Asia

Talking at the Top: Past, Present and Future Summit Diplomacy in Asia

As the metaphor suggests, summitry sits at the pinnacle of international politics; indeed, the term was first introduced by none other than Winston Churchill.1Defined most broadly as face-to-face meetings of heads of state, summits have on occasion proven to be defining historical moments: Neville Chamberlain at Munich, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna, […]

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