Seoul Lotte Hotel Cancels Major Japanese Event Due to Unfavorable Public Sentiment
5 weeks 6 days ago

South Korea's high-end hotel chain Lotte Hotel canceled its plan to host a Japanese annual event marking the establishment of the Japanese self-defense forces on Thursday, citing unfavorable public sentiment here. 

The Embassy of Japan in Korea had planned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the modern Japanese military at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul on Friday. 

"In consideration of the public sentiment, (we) canceled the Japanese embassy's special event...

Japan Viewed as 2nd Biggest Military Threat
5 weeks 6 days ago

South Koreans chose Japan as the country that poses the second-biggest military threat following North Korea, a survey showed today. This is seen as an indication of Koreans' discomfort with Japan's stance on history and moves to expand the role of its military. 

A total of 46.3 percent of Korean respondents selected Japan as the most threatening nation, trailing North Korea with 83.4 percent, according to the joint survey by the East Asia Institute in Seoul and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank....

Paul McCartney`s Seoul Concert Canceled Due to Illness
13 weeks 11 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- Legendary singer Paul McCartney has canceled his performance set for May 28th at Jamsil Sports Complex due to illness his organizers said yesterday.

The 71-year-old fell sick recently forcing him to also cancel his scheduled appearance in Tokyo. 

Hyundai Card, who sponsored the event, is refunding tickets for the show though are looking into possibilities to reschedule the show according to the organizers.

"I was really looking...

Feature: Taking Japanese Grievances Global
17 weeks 3 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- For those who have spent even a short time living in the Republic of Korea, it is readily evident that anti-Japanese sentiments run strong and hot. On one level, it makes sense that...

Busan Establishes Friendship City Ties with Nagasaki Prefecture
19 weeks 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The City of Busan has established a Friendship City Relationship with Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan to strengthen ties of cooperation and expand mutual understanding through exchanges in areas including culture, tourism, education, urban restoration and the economy. 

Busan mayor Hur Nam-sik and Governor Hodo Nakamura of Nagasaki Prefecture signed the agreement on March 25 at Busan City Hall.

With the inclusion of the Nagasaki Prefecture, the City of Busan...

South Korea Draws Host Australia in 2015 AFC Cup
21 weeks 22 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korea has drawn hosts Australia in the 2015 AFC Championships after the draw for next year’s finals was made at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday evening. Oman and Kuwait will round out the group.

In Group B, Uzbekistan is matched with Saudi Arabia, China and North Korea, while Group C sees Iran grouped with the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.

Group D sees the toughest grouping with Japan, Jordan, Iraq and the AFC challenge winner which will be...

Busan, Ulsan Feel Effects of Early Morning Kyushu Earthquake
22 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A strong earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 took place at 2:07 am today in Kyushu Japan, and affected the Gijang, Ulsan and the Yeongnam regions including the city of Busan. 

The weather agency said that the earthquake in Japan is 300 kilometers away from Busan, but an earthquake of 2 to 3 degrees in intensity was detected in Busan 30 minutes later as well. This intensity rate can be equivalent to the strength of trembling a building.


Supreme Court Acquits Japanese-born Korean of Espionage
24 weeks 1 day ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's Supreme Court, upholding a lower court's ruling, has acquitted a Japanese-born Korean man of espionage and anti-state charges, court officials said Wednesday, 30 years after he was convicted with evidence obtained by torture and other illegal methods. 

The 63-year-old defendant, only identified by his surname Park, was indicted in 1982, on charges of gathering military secrets under orders from a pro-North Korean group based in Japan while he...

South Korean Cartoonists to Exhibit Cartoons on Japan's Wartime Atrocities
24 weeks 3 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A group of South Korean cartoonists will exhibit their works depicting Japan's past wartime atrocities at a French cartoon festival later this year, local groups said on Sunday. 

A total of 33 South Korean cartoonists are planning to exhibit about 50 comic strips at the international comics festival to be held at St. Just-le-Martel in September, according to the Institute for Research in Collaborationist Activities and the Association of Korea Editorial...

Korean Civic Groups Protest Takeshima Day
25 weeks 5 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean civic groups staged rallies in Seoul on Friday to denounce Japan's claims to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo as a local government in Japan prepares to hold an annual event to bolster its territorial claims. 

The rallies came a day before "Takeshima Day," which Japan's Shimane prefectural government has observed on Feb. 22 since 2005 to lay claim to the rocky islets located in the East Sea. Dokdo is known as "Takeshima" in Japan....

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