South Korean murdered in Philippine police HQ: authorities

Jan 19, 2017

South Korean murdered in Philippine police HQ: authorities

A South Korean businessman kidnapped by Philippine policemen under the guise of a raid on illegal drugs was murdered at the national police headquarters in Manila, authorities said Thursday. Philippine police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said he felt deep shame as he announced the ...

Court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head

Jan 19, 2017

Court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head

A Seoul court on Thursday denied a request to arrest one of South Korea’s most powerful men, the heir to the Samsung Electronics juggernaut, in a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea’s president. The Seoul Central District Court said ...

Jan 18, 2017

Philippine police murdered South Korean businessman, Seoul says

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday. The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by members of the ...

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...

Jan 17, 2017

K-pop star Rain to ring modest wedding bells

South Korean pop icon Rain announced his engagement to top actress Kim Tae-hee in a handwritten letter to fans Tuesday — but said their wedding would be low key given the country’s economic and political woes. “I am going to be a good husband ...

Jan 16, 2017

Japan's 'comfort women' error

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In late December, South Korean activists stationed a statue of a young woman across from the Japanese consulate in Busan. Seated upright in a chair with her hands clasped in her lap, she stares intently, solemnly toward the consulate. The statue offended Japan’s government ...

Jan 16, 2017

Steadily implement 'comfort women' agreement

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North Korea’s leader stated in his New Year’s address that the country “entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile,” threatening the peace and stability of the international community. Last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests ...