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South Korea calls on Japan to reconsider allowing use of imperial flag during Tokyo Olympics

South Korea calls on Japan to reconsider allowing use of imperial flag during Tokyo Olympics

Seoul: South Korea on Tuesday called on Japan to retract its stance to effectively allow the use of its old imperial flag, seen as a symbol of its past militarism, during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A local media outlet reported that the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said it would not […]

South Korea, Thailand to hold summit on high-tech industry cooperation

South Korea, Thailand to hold summit on high-tech industry cooperation

  Bangkok: The leaders of South Korea and Thailand will hold summit talks in Bangkok on Monday primarily on working together in response to the fourth industrial revolution. President Moon Jae-in arrived in Bangkok a day earlier, becoming South Korea’s first leader to visit the Southeast Asian nation in seven years. He will first attend […]

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

Seoul: Unabated by escalating diplomatic and trade rows, South Korean and Japanese citizens gathered in Seoul on Sunday to take part in an annual festival designed to share their cultures and facilitate exchanges. The 15th Korea-Japan Culture Festival 2019 was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul, where visitors had the […]

17 rare Aldabra hatchlings on display at Japan zoo

17 rare Aldabra hatchlings on display at Japan zoo

Shizuoka: A zoo in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka has put 17 Aldabra giant tortoise hatchlings on display following the success of the first natural breeding of the rare species in the country. Last week, a zookeeper noticed hatchlings in an area where a mother tortoise had previously laid eggs. The baby tortoises measure […]

South Korea to remove Japan’s trusted trade partner status in September

South Korea to remove Japan’s trusted trade partner status in September

  Seoul: South Korea is expected to put into effect its decision to drop Japan from a list of trusted trading partners later this month, Seoul’s trade ministry said Sunday amid a growing trade row between the two Asian neighbors. Early this month, the Seoul government decided to revamp the categorization of its trading partners […]

With unusual pleasantries, S. Korea, Japan ministers reaffirm cooperation at least on culture

With unusual pleasantries, S. Korea, Japan ministers reaffirm cooperation at least on culture

  Seoul: Meeting at a time when South Korea and Japan are locked in one of their worst diplomatic and trade disputes, the culture ministers of the two nations came to a rare bilateral consensus to continue cooperation on the cultural front, exchanging unusually goodwilled pleasantries. South Korean Culture Minister Park Yang-woo and his Japanese […]

Korea, Japan, China forge joint vision for cultural cooperation despite growing diplomatic tension

Korea, Japan, China forge joint vision for cultural cooperation despite growing diplomatic tension

  Seoul: The culture ministers of South Korea, Japan and China signed an agreement Friday that lays out a 10-year vision for their trilateral cooperation on the culture front, a rare consensus that came amid escalating diplomatic and trade rows between Seoul and Tokyo. The “Incheon Declaration” was signed by the South Korean Minister Park […]

Moon resumes overtures to Japan, hopes for N.K. leader’s participation in ASEAN summit

Moon resumes overtures to Japan, hopes for N.K. leader’s participation in ASEAN summit

  Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday he would “embrace” Japan if it shifts to dialogue to end diplomatic and trade rifts between the two sides, again extending an olive branch to Tokyo. “I’m ready to embrace and cooperate with Japan when it returns to the table for dialogue and cooperation, whenever that […]

South Korean, Japanese culture ministers seek way out of worsening diplomatic ties

South Korean, Japanese culture ministers seek way out of worsening diplomatic ties

  Seoul: The culture ministers of South Korea and Japan discussed bilateral cooperation on the cultural front Thursday in their meeting held amid escalating trade and diplomatic rows between their countries. The meeting between Culture Minister Park Yang-woo and his Japanese counterpart, Masahiko Shibayama, held at a convention center in Incheon, just west of Seoul, […]

Vice FM asks U.S. to refrain from public messaging against Seoul’s GSOMIA decision

Vice FM asks U.S. to refrain from public messaging against Seoul’s GSOMIA decision

  Seoul: South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young on Wednesday asked the United States to refrain from public messaging against Seoul’s recent decision to terminate a military information-sharing pact with Japan, a source here said. Cho met with U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris to make the request as Washington has repeatedly expressed disappointment and […]

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