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Students of Korea’s Top 3 Universities Hold Candlelight Vigils Against Justice Minister

Students of Korea’s Top 3 Universities Hold Candlelight Vigils Against Justice Minister

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Students and alumni of South Korea’s three most prestigious universities held candlelight vigils on their campuses in Seoul Thursday night to protest President Moon Jae-in’s appointment of his embattled aide Cho Kuk as justice minister. It is the first time that anti-Cho rallies have been held simultaneously at Seoul [...]

City Expected to Delay Plan to Revamp Gwanghwamun Square

City Expected to Delay Plan to Revamp Gwanghwamun Square

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul city government on Thursday hinted at delaying an ambitious plan to develop Gwanghwamun Square, a plaza in the city’s center that has become a symbol of democracy following candlelight vigils in 2016 demanding the impeachment of then President Park Geun-hye. “We are prepared to do anything for [...]

Cho Kuk Row Hits Nerve with Weary Korean Parents, Students

Cho Kuk Row Hits Nerve with Weary Korean Parents, Students

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Law professor Cho Kuk’s appointment as South Korea’s justice minister was one rocky road. The liberal darling, tasked with reforming the prosecution, faced expected opposition from conservative lawmakers and underwent friction with state prosecutors. But some of the most dogged and powerful opposition came from a very nonpolitical crowd: [...]

Former Japanese Leader Urges His Country to Reverse Claim on Forced Labor

Former Japanese Leader Urges His Country to Reverse Claim on Forced Labor

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Japan should try to resolve a deepening row with South Korea by returning to its previous acknowledgement that individual claims to damages for wartime forced labor were not fully addressed by the 1965 normalization treaty between the two countries, a former Japanese leader said Thursday. Former Prime Minister Yukio [...]

Moon Invests 50 mln Won in Fund for S. Korea’s Material Makers amid Trade Row with Japan

Moon Invests 50 mln Won in Fund for S. Korea’s Material Makers amid Trade Row with Japan

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – In a symbolic move to show the government’s determination to help foster South Korea’s parts and materials production industry against Japan’s export restrictions, President Moon Jae-in on Monday invested 50 million won (US$41,135) in a relevant stock fund. He visited the headquarters of NH Nonghyup Bank in Seoul and subscribed [...]

S. Korea Commemorates 10th Year of Ex-President Kim Dae-jung’s Death

S. Korea Commemorates 10th Year of Ex-President Kim Dae-jung’s Death

SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Sunday commemorated the death of former liberal President Kim Dae-jung 10 years ago, as the nation remembers his dedication to democracy and efforts to improve ties with North Korea and Japan. Political leaders, government officials and other citizens, including National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and Prime [...]

S. Korea to Actively Deal with Radioactive Water Discharge from Fukushima Plant

S. Korea to Actively Deal with Radioactive Water Discharge from Fukushima Plant

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will actively seek ways to deal with Japan’s planned discharge of water contaminated as a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Tuesday, amid concern storage space will soon run out. The treatment of radioactive water stored in tanks in Fukushima [...]