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Brian Kim (center), founder of Kakao, arrives at the Seoul Southern District Court in Seoul on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 23, 2024
Arrest warrant out for Kakao founder in stock-rigging case
Brian Kim is facing accusations that he was involved in a stock-rigging scheme during the high-profile takeover of SM Entertainment in 2023.
A plastic bag carrying various objects including what appeared to be trash that crossed inter-Korean border with a balloon believed to have been sent by North Korea is pictured in Seoul, in this picture released by the South Korean Defense Ministry on June 2.
Jul 21, 2024
South Korea steps up propaganda broadcasts after new trash balloons from North
South Korea will ramp up propaganda broadcasts to the North in response to Pyongyang sending more trash-carrying balloons across the border, Seoul's military said Sunday.
South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee and  President Yoon Suk-yeol listen as U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an official state dinner, during Yoon's visit to Washington at the White House in April last year.
Jul 21, 2024
South Korea's first lady grilled over Dior bag and stock manipulation
Kim Keon-hee, has been questioned over allegations of stock manipulation and graft involving a $2,200 luxury handbag, prosecutors said Sunday.
The No. 1 reactor building stands at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.'s Shin-Kori nuclear power plant in Ulsan, South Korea.
Jul 21, 2024
South Korea edges ahead of rivals to build Europe’s nuclear reactors
A pair of projects in the Czech Republic could set up South Korea to build reactors for Western countries that are reconsidering nuclear energy.
The Sado Gold Mine, so heavily tapped that the mountain bearing it has been cleaved in two, is up for consideration for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
LIFE / Travel
Jul 20, 2024
Land of punishment, land of gold
The Sado Gold Mine may soon become Japan’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site, but the island’s history is much more complicated than a single tourist destination.
The West in developing its response to the new Russia-North Korea alliance should leverage the strategic incongruence between China and its junior allies.
Jul 19, 2024
What to make of Russia and North Korea's new relationship
Russia and North Korea's military alliance has unnerved China as much as it has the U.S. and its Asian allies owing to its potential to destabilize the region.
(From left) Kim Myung-soo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida, chief of staff of the SDF's Joint Staff, and Gen. Charles Brown, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Thursday
Jul 19, 2024
Japan and South Korea top uniformed officers resume dialogue
The meeting emphasized strong Japan, South Korea, and U.S. ties as the international community faces a crucial moment for maintaining order and the rule of law.
A group of Chinese tourists walks through the Ginza district of Tokyo.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 19, 2024
Japan sees more tourists than before pandemic, breaking half-year record
The weak yen is attracting large crowds to Japan, with many tourists splashing out.
Seoul Queer Culture Festival participants hold a huge rainbow flag during parade in Seoul on July 1, 2023.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jul 18, 2024
Top court hands South Korean gay couple win on spouse status
The two plaintiffs filed the suit against the National Health Insurance Service in 2021 after their spousal benefits were stripped.
Actor Kim Dae-gun won a Korean Fantastic Actor award for his performance in Yoon Eunkyoung’s “The Tenants,” which takes a dark satirical look at the scarcity of decent affordable housing in Seoul.
Jul 18, 2024
Bucheon film festival contemplates a future with AI
Dark comedy and surreal fantasy stood out at the genre film event that focused on the advent of generative AI.
Sue Mi Terry, then director at Bower Group Asia, speaks on a panel at the Asia Society in New York in 2017.
Jul 17, 2024
Former White House official accused of acting as South Korea agent
In exchange for gifts, a foreign policy specialist is accused of giving South Korea information on the United States government, among other things.
The North Korean flag flutters at the North Korea consular office in Dandong, China, on April 20, 2021.
Jul 17, 2024
'Shocking': U.N. report details North Korea's widespread forced labor
In a damning report, the U.N. rights office detailed how people in North Korea have been "controlled and exploited."
North Korean soldiers look toward the South side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on April 16.
Jul 16, 2024
High-ranking North Korean diplomat in Cuba defected to South
The defection came around three months before Seoul and Havana — one of Pyongyang's oldest allies — announced they were establishing diplomatic ties.
Fans celebrate BTS' 11th debut anniversary during 2024 FESTA, an event for fans of the K-pop boy band a day after band member Jin was discharged from the South Korean army after 18 months of military service, in Seoul on June 13.
Jul 15, 2024
TikTok sees K-culture spend doubling to $143 billion by 2030
In the U.S. and Southeast Asia, research has found that about 80% of social media users have found Korean culture through TikTok.
NewJeans members (from left) Hanni, Haerin, Danielle and Minji attend an event at which they were named tourism ambassadors to South Korea.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jul 13, 2024
South Korea names K-pop group NewJeans tourism ambassadors
The quartet take on the role previously held by "Squid Game" star Lee Jung-jae and K-pop megastars BTS.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks to the press during the NATO 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Thursday.
Jul 12, 2024
South Korea to deploy 'StarWars' lasers against Pyongyang's drones
The new laser weapons are apparently invisible and noise-free, require no additional ammunition, operate solely on electricity and are cheap to use.
Ground Self-Defense Force troops conduct a military drill on the uninhabited island of Irisuna in Okinawa Prefecture in November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 12, 2024
Japan’s new defense white paper delivers strongest words yet on Taiwan
Tokyo pins the blame squarely on China's large-scale military exercises around the democratically ruled island for continued tensions in the region.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers remarks at NATO's 75th anniversary summit in Washington on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 11, 2024
Why Indo-Pacific countries are joining the NATO summit
This is the third successive NATO summit for four countries from the Indo-Pacific region to attend.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday before leaving for Washington for NATO meetings.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2024
Kishida and Yoon vow cooperation over Russia-North Korea ties
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a mutual defense pledge with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.
Then-U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February 2019. At the summit, Trump lost his patience and cut negotiations with Kim short just as they were gaining momentum.
Jul 10, 2024
Blame Trump for North Korea’s saber-rattling
What would have happened if Donald Trump hadn't failed to capitalize on Kim Jong Un's willingness to deescalate by losing his patience on that fateful February day?


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals