South Korea's Park names new prime minister

May 21, 2015

South Korea's Park names new prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister — a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration. Hwang Kyo-ahn, 58, was named as the new prime minister after his predecessor, ...

Keidanren chief to meet South Korea's president next week

May 8, 2015

Keidanren chief to meet South Korea's president next week

Sadayuki Sakakibara, head of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Japan’s most influential business lobby, will meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul next Wednesday, the Japan-Korea Economic Association said Friday. Mikio Sasaki, the association’s head and an adviser to trading house Mitsubishi Corp., will ...

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Apr 26, 2015

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Salvaging the corroded 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government accused of partial responsibility, due to incompetence and corruption, for the ...

South Korea adopts plan to salvage sunken ferry

Apr 22, 2015

South Korea adopts plan to salvage sunken ferry

The South Korean government announced Wednesday it would raise the Sewol ferry which sank a year ago with the loss of more than 300 lives — mostly schoolchildren. Bringing the Sewol to the surface has been a key demand of the victims’ families. They ...

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

Apr 15, 2015

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

The Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday after returning to Japan from South Korea, where he had been facing a travel ban, accused of defaming President Park Geun-hye. “I thanked (Abe) for giving me encouragement ...