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South Korea’s fishing community intensify protests over Japan’s Fukushima water plan

The fishing community in South Korea intensified their protests against Japan after it announced last month to release more than a million tonnes of wastewater from the Fukushima disaster into the Pacific Ocean. Activists have practically camped out in front of the Japanese embassy, with dozens of different groups demanding Tokyo reverse course, invoking environmental […]

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Samsung’s Lee family to pay more than $10.78 billion in inheritance taxes

The family of deceased Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee will pay more than 12 trillion won (~ approximately $10.78 billion) in inheritance taxes for the estate of the late patriarch. Lee, who is credited with transforming Samsung into the world’s largest smartphone and memory chip maker, died on Oct. 25. His estate included shareholdings in […]

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Two Pakistani diplomats caught shoplifting chocolates and hats in South Korea

Two diplomats from Pakistan’s Embassy in South Korea have been caught shoplifting at a store in Seoul. Police staff from Yongsan Police Station said the two were caught stealing items worth 11,000 won and 1,900 won at the same store in Itaewon, Yongsan District, on different dates. According to Korea Times, the police report mentioned […]

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Japan to release more than a million tonnes of contaminated Fukushima nuclear water into ocean

Japan approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water. Tokyo says work to release water used to cool nuclear fuel will begin in about […]

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KF-21: South Korea unveils prototype of first domestically developed supersonic fighter jet

South Korea unveiled a prototype of its first domestically developed fighter jet. The next-generation aircraft has been developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Limited (KAI). It is designed to be a cheaper, less stealthy alternative to the USA’s F-35. South Korea heavily relies on US-built F-35 fighter jets. South Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the KF-X […]

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South Korean flagged tanker and captain detained in Iran for violating pollution rules freed

A South Korean flagged tanker and its captain detained in Iran in January were released, foreign ministry in Seoul said. Iran seized the Hankuk Chemi near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, accusing it of violating pollution rules. All the 20 crew members were set free in February, apart from the captain. The incident happened amid […]

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Boy band BTS named the world’s best-recording artists of 2020

South Korean boy band, BTS named the best-selling artists of 2020 by the IFPI, the organisation that represents the global recorded music industry. The pop group released two chart-topping albums in 2020 Map of the Soul: 7 and Be. The boyband beat Taylor Swift, who took the crown last year, into second place. They are […]

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German radio host compares BTS to coronavirus during live broadcast

A German radio host who compared South Korean boy band group BTS to coronavirus during a live broadcast apologised. Matthias Matuschik said he did not intend to “racially insult,” adding that making a connection between the band and Covid-19 was “completely wrong”. The incident comes amid an increase in anti-Asian sentiment and racist attacks since […]

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Guests at South Korean five-star hotel complain of outsiders peeping into their sauna

A hotel in South Korea issued an apology for a mistake that may have enabled outsiders to see into their sauna. The Grand Josun, a new five-star property on the popular resort island of Jeju, issued a statement on their website reported that the sauna’s blinds had been up for part of the day, making […]

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South Korea accuse North Korea of attempting to steal Pfizer vaccine information

South Korean intelligence agency accused North Korea of attempting to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical firm that partnered with Germany’s BioNTech to develop the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine won approval from authorities late last year before being rolled out across the world. North Korea […]

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South Korea catch suspected North Korean man crossing heavily fortified border

South Korea catch a suspected North Korean man after he crossed the border – the heavily fortified de-militarized zone (DMZ) between the two countries. Troops tracked him for three hours on Tuesday as he made his way through the zone, which is filled with land mines and surrounded by barbed wire. They are now investigating […]

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K-drama star Song Yoo-jung has died at the age of 26

South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung has died at the age of 26, her agency announced on Monday. “Actress Song Yoo-jung has left us,” Sublime Artist Agency wrote in an Instagram post. “Yoo-jung was a friend who always gave us happiness with a bright smile, and an awesome actress who acted with a passion bigger than […]