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Japan Defies Seoul Court’s Order to Disclose Assets for Sexual Slavery Compensation

Japan Defies Seoul Court’s Order to Disclose Assets for Sexual Slavery Compensation

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A local court’s order for Japan to disclose its state assets in South Korea to pay compensation to Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was aborted due to Tokyo’s refusal to comply, judicial sources said Friday. The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday dismissed the case pertaining to [...]

S. Korean Islets of Dokdo Not Named on iPhone Maps in 22 Countries: Professor

S. Korean Islets of Dokdo Not Named on iPhone Maps in 22 Countries: Professor

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo were not named on iPhone maps in the U.S., Britain and 20 other countries, according to a professor in Seoul Thursday, amid diplomatic tensions with Tokyo over Japan’s renewed claims to the East Sea outcroppings. Dokdo has long been a recurring source of [...]

S. Korea Has Nationalized 5.2 mln Square Meters of Land Owned by Japanese During Colonial Rule

S. Korea Has Nationalized 5.2 mln Square Meters of Land Owned by Japanese During Colonial Rule

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea has so far nationalized 5.04 million square meters of land owned by Japanese citizens and Japanese companies during the 1910-45 colonial rule, the state procurement agency said Thursday. The official appraisal price of this land is estimated at 150 billion won (US$114 million) and the size of [...]

Justice Ministry Grants Korean Citizenship to 20 Descendants of Independence Fighters

Justice Ministry Grants Korean Citizenship to 20 Descendants of Independence Fighters

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice has granted Korean citizenship to some descendants of independence fighters against Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. The ministry held a ceremony on Thursday, four days ahead of the 77th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the 1910-45 colonial rule, and issued citizenship certificates to [...]

Apple’s Siri Criticized for Distorting Korean Modern History

Apple’s Siri Criticized for Distorting Korean Modern History

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Apple Inc.’s Siri is being criticized for describing Korea as “the Korean peninsula in modern history, or Joseon under the Japanese empire.” The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), a South Korean civic organization, revealed that asking the virtual assistant about Korea returns the aforementioned response. “Korea is a region [...]

New Korean War Monument with Names of Fallen Heroes Unveiled in Washington

New Korean War Monument with Names of Fallen Heroes Unveiled in Washington

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) — A new Korean War monument was dedicated in Washington on Wednesday, permanently displaying the names of over 43,000 U.S. and South Korean service members killed during the war. The dedication of the Wall of Remembrance was marked by a ceremony attended by some 3,000 people, including government officials, Korean War [...]

S. Korea Protests Against Japan’s Claims to Dokdo in Defense White Paper

S. Korea Protests Against Japan’s Claims to Dokdo in Defense White Paper

SEOUL/TOKYO, July 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government strongly condemned Japan on Friday for laying repeated claim to the easternmost islets of Dokdo in its annual defense white paper. “(The government) strongly protests against Japan’s repetition of its sovereignty claim over Dokdo, clearly an integral part of the Korean territory in terms of [...]

Apple Map Falsely Lists Mt. Paektu’s Entire Cheonji Crater Lake Area as Part of Chinese Territory

Apple Map Falsely Lists Mt. Paektu’s Entire Cheonji Crater Lake Area as Part of Chinese Territory

SEOUL, July 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Apple Inc. is being criticized for listing all of Mount Paektu’s Cheonji crater lake in northern North Korea as part of Chinese territory on its map application on iPhones, iPads and Macbooks. The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), a South Korean civic organization, said Tuesday that searching for [...]