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Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (far left) hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday.
Feb 23, 2024
Japan, U.S. and South Korea agree on closer cooperation over North Korea
The countries' top diplomats also discussed efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during an interview at the Presidential Office in Seoul on Feb. 4. Yoon has been working to cheer domestic retail investors, who have been heavy sellers of Seoul shares.
Feb 23, 2024
Seoul hopes Japan stock playbook can narrow 'Korea discount'
Reforms floated last month by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol may not continue to boost the Seoul bourse, analysts say.
An emergency vehicle outside Severance Hospital in Seoul on Thursday. Almost two-thirds of the country's young doctors have walked off the job to protest a government plan to admit more students to medical schools.
Feb 23, 2024
South Korea health alert raised to 'severe' amid doctor walkout
The doctors taking part in the protest say the real issue is pay and working conditions, not the number of physicians.
The Blue Jays' Ryu Hyun-jin throws during a game against the Rays in September.
Feb 22, 2024
Former Blue Jays pitcher Ryu returns to South Korea with Hanwha
The 36-year-old left-hander's deal with the Eagles, where Ryu played from 2006 to 2012, includes the most guaranteed money ever for a KBO player.
Police officers stand guard around a venue during a Takeshima Day event in Matsue, the capital of Shimane Prefecture, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 22, 2024
Annual event held reinforcing Japan's claim on South Korea-held islets
Authorities in Shimane Prefecture designated Feb. 22 as Takeshima Day in 2005, a century after the Cabinet placed them under the prefecture's jurisdiction.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yul meet on the sidelines of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 major economies in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Japan and South Korea agree to work on North Korea issues
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and her counterpart Cho Tae-yul met in person in Rio de Janeiro.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (center) speaks during a cabinet meeting at the presidential office in Seoul on Tuesday. South Korean hospitals turned away some patients and delayed surgeries on the day, as hundreds of trainee doctors stopped working in a protest against medical training reforms.
Feb 21, 2024
Nearly 8,000 South Korean doctors walk out over plan to boost numbers
While the labor action has caused only minor disruptions so far, the junior medics play a key role in providing emergency care.
Doosan Bears fans during a game in Seoul in April 2022
Feb 21, 2024
Women outnumber men in South Korea’s sports stadiums
Women in South Korea make up 55% of fans at professional sporting events, including baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball.
The Seoul Central District Court building in Seoul. In late January, the court granted the plaintiff's request to seize the funds, following a December ruling by the top court that ordered Hitachi Zosen to pay the plaintiff 50 million won in damages.
Feb 20, 2024
South Korean wartime labor plaintiff receives funds from Japan firm
This is the first case in which funds from a Japanese company have been transferred to a plaintiff following a trial related to wartime forced labor.
South Korea plans to increase the number of slots in university medical school programs by 2,000 from the current 3,058 next year to alleviate a shortage of doctors.
Feb 19, 2024
For South Korea’s top students, medical school beats chips
Students are enticed by what many see as better job security and higher pay in the medical field.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has in recent months repeatedly touted his openness to “unconditional” talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling for “a bold step to change the status quo.”
Feb 19, 2024
North Korea eyes well-worn playbook with Japan summit hints
Pyongyang's offer of repairing ties with Japan may be concealing what may be a more likely motivation — to drive a wedge between Tokyo and its partners.
South Korea has one of the lowest ratios of doctors to population in the developed world, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which shows 2.6 doctors per 1,000 people.
Feb 18, 2024
South Korean doctors warn of ‘catastrophe’ if punished for strike
About 2,700 interns and residents at five major general hospital groups plan to walk off the job.
Pedestrians in Seoul in January. A survey showed that the percentage of South Korean people who have a good impression of Japan hit a record high of 44% in 2023.
Feb 18, 2024
Record 44% of South Koreans have good impression of Japan, survey says
The figure rose 4.1 percentage points from the previous year, thanks to improvements in Japan-South Korean ties, the Japan Press Research Institute said.
Shohei Ohtani is expected make his regular-season debut with the Dodgers in Seoul on March 20.
Feb 16, 2024
Seoul mayor hopes interest in Shohei Ohtani and MLB brings more games to South Korea
The Seoul Series will be a chance for South Korea and MLB to work together to revive professional baseball’s popularity in the nation.
Donald Trump's recent remarks on defense spending by allies, which were highly criticized, highlight the complexities of U.S. foreign policy.
Feb 16, 2024
Trump's defense spending critiques: Valid concerns or political rhetoric?
Do U.S. allies need to step up defense spending? What do the numbers really say?
Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as the South Korean national team manager on Friday.
Feb 16, 2024
South Korea fires Jurgen Klinsmann after disappointing showing at Asian Cup
The Korea Football Association announced the sacking of the 59-year-old German barely a year into a tenure racked by criticism of his leadership.
Medical school students discuss striking against the government's medical policies, in Seoul in August 2020. The proposal at the time was shelved after intense opposition.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Feb 16, 2024
South Korean trainee doctors quit to protest plan to add more physicians
Doctors throughout the country held rallies on Thursday, calling on the government to scrap the plan.
Police officers guard the site of a crowd crush in Seoul, on Oct. 30, 2022. Two police officers were sentenced on Wednesday for destroying evidence linked to the disaster on Oct. 29, 2022.
Feb 14, 2024
Two Seoul police officers convicted over deadly Halloween crush
The pair "deleted or arbitrarily destroyed internal reports written prior to the accident and destroyed evidence," a court said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech at the Defense Ministry in Pyongyang on Feb. 8, the 76th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army.
Feb 14, 2024
North Korea fires several cruise missiles in fifth barrage of 2024
The South Korean military said that an undetermined number of cruise missiles had been spotted over waters off the North's northeastern coast around 9 a.m.
An Asiana Airlines passenger aircraft lands at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, on Dec. 20, 2023.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 14, 2024
Korean Air wins EU’s approval for $1.4 billion Asiana deal
Korean Air is expected to be ranked as one of the world’s top 10 airlines once the deal is completed.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves