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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: minimum wage stirs up controversy again

South Korea: minimum wage stirs up controversy again

The government’s ordinance to revise the calculation method for the minimum wage is stirring up controversy and fueling conflict between businesses and workers. They have been locking horns over a particular issue concerning the inclusion of wages employers need to pay their employees for days off. Basically, companies will have to “legally” count and add […]

Shavkat Mirziyoyev becomes ‘2018 Asian of the Year’

Shavkat Mirziyoyev becomes ‘2018 Asian of the Year’

On December 19, The Asia Journalist Association (AJA) announced ‘2018 Asians of the Year’: South Korean football coach Park Hang-seo, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, LG group’s former Chairman Koo Bon-moo, and Egypt’s heart surgeon Magdi Habib Yacoub. The awards ceremony will be held in AJA General Meeting 2019.   Shavkat Mirziyoyev Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President […]

IPR protection guarantees better innovation

IPR protection guarantees better innovation

China’s reform and opening up nurtured and prospered its intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. In the 1980s, the country was in urgent need of an IPR protection system complying with international rules, especially a patent system, in order to better utilize foreign capital and technologies. On April 1, 1985, when China’s Patent Law came into […]

Advance with the times by carrying forward reform and opening-up

Advance with the times by carrying forward reform and opening-up

Whoever can offer a clear explanation of China’s reform and development will likely be a winner of the Nobel Laureate in economics, the remark of the Nobel economics prize winner Milton Friedman has reflected the global trend towards the exploration of the secrets of China’s reform and opening-up. To reveal the secrets of China’s success, […]

Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

My wife and I recently travelled to the municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines, as part of the delegation of the Korea Heritage Society from Dec. 4 to Dec 10. The KHS was led by its chairman Choi Ha-kyung and advisory council members, at the invitation of Milliard S. Villanueva, the mayor of Concepcion.  Our visit […]

How Korea’s modern art began

How Korea’s modern art began

Exhibition sheds light on art of Korean Empire The Korean Empire (1897-1910), proclaimed by Joseon’s 26th ruler King Gojong as an effort to modernize, is often neglected in Korea’s history.  “Art of the Korean Empire ― The Emergence of Modern Art,” an exhibition on view at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), […]

“We need to incentivize corporations, banks in tackling social issues”

“We need to incentivize corporations, banks in tackling social issues”

Corporations and banks should get more involved in solving the problems facing the communities they belong to in order to gain more of the public’s acceptance and therefore grow on a sustainable basis.  One way to encourage them to do that is to describe their social contributions in dollar terms to help the investors decide […]

How feminist book ‘Kim Ji-young’ became million-seller

How feminist book ‘Kim Ji-young’ became million-seller

  “Kim Ji-young Born in 1982,” a novel describing the life of an ordinary Korean housewife on a career break, has sold 1 million copies as of Nov. 27, just over two years after its release in October 2016. This is the first Korean novel to have sold over 1 million copies in nearly a decade, […]

China rolls out new measures to further promote reform and opening up

China rolls out new measures to further promote reform and opening up

A draft amendment to the Patent Law was passed at a State Council executive meeting held on Dec. 5. The document will be submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for deliberation. The amendment is expected to enhance punishment on intellectual property infringement. The move is an effort by China to further open […]

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