South Korean publisher defies strains, issues Japanese culture magazine


South Korean publisher RH Korea Inc. has released a bimonthly on Japanese culture, fully preparing to row against the tide of poor relations between Japan and South Korea.

If the populace is steady in its pursuit of enjoyment of culture, it will not be shaken easily by political problems, said Oh Suk-chul, editor-in-chief of Boon magazine, the first comprehensive South Korean magazine on Japanese culture.

The name Boon is derived from the English. The name is also a pun on the Japanese word “bun,” which means “writing.”

Park Sam-hun, an expert on Japan at Konkuk University who is part of the editorial team, said it wanted to foster cultural exchange, and was determined to go ahead with the launch, despite the recent tensions.