May 25, 2016

South Korean court rejects same-sex marriage lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind. Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-soo and his long-time ...

South Koreans march to protest woman's stabbing death

May 21, 2016

South Koreans march to protest woman's stabbing death

Hundreds of South Koreans marched in one of Seoul’s busiest leisure districts on Saturday to protest the stabbing death of a 23-year-old woman. Her death has struck a nerve in a country where, despite its reputation for being relatively safe, many women say they ...

May 21, 2016

Brave Blossoms rout South Korea in Asia Rugby Championship match

Japan made it three straight bonus-point wins in this year’s Asia Rugby Championship, beating South Korea 60-3 on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms ran in 10 tries at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field, with Atsushi Sakate and Ryohei Yamanaka both bagging braces. The win lifts Ryuji ...

South Korea whips Japan in Olympic qualifier

May 17, 2016

South Korea whips Japan in Olympic qualifier

Japan suffered its first loss of the women’s Olympic volleyball final qualifiers in a 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19) defeat to archrival South Korea on Tuesday. South Korea captain and London Olympic MVP Kim Yeon-koung blasted her way to a game-high 24 points, Kim ...

Booker triumph ushers in new era for South Korean writers

May 17, 2016

Booker triumph ushers in new era for South Korean writers

South Korean writer Han Kang’s Booker Prize marks a major victory for a decade-long effort to drag one of Asia’s oldest but, until recently, least-known literary traditions into the global market. Literary merits aside, the success of Han’s novel “The Vegetarian” was aided by ...

South Korean government seeks to scrap draft exemptions

May 17, 2016

South Korean government seeks to scrap draft exemptions

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday it was pushing to scrap nearly all existing exemptions to mandatory military service, citing a shortfall in the number of conscripts. Some 28,000 able-bodied men are exempted every year, either because of the nature of their academic studies, ...