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  • Isolation of the Asahi Shimbun

    photo On May 3, 1987, two reporters at the Asahi Shimbun's Hanshin Bureau in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture were shot by an intruder. One of them, a 29-year-old reporter, died the next day. Three days later, the gunman sent a letter to t...

  • Manufacturing’s Earnings Shock and Deregulation

    photo The second-quarter performance of Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Heavy Industries was nothing short of an earnings shock. The operating income of Samsung Electronics, which accounted for half of the corporate ea...

  • Outdoor Craze and Quality of Life

    photo “Enjoy leisure!” That was one of Pope Francis’s top 10 recommendations for a happy life. A few years ago, Korea ranked 26th out of 34 countries in the Happiness Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and De...

  • Multiethnic Families and Mother Tongue Education

    photo Families who visit their ancestors’ graves to tidy them up must feel relieved that they have done their duty. Tending to family graves is a major annual event that has a special meaning to many Koreans. It is more than just pulli...

  • North Korean Economy in the First Half of 2014

    Some international observers believe that the North Korean economy exceeds the consensus of opinion around the world. They even predict future improvement. But some of their peers feel that the North’s economy is still stagnant a...

    Effects of Chinese Tourism Surge on Korean Econo...

    China’s importance in global tourism has soared since 2000, thanks to rising incomes from the nation’s strong economy and loosened controls and simplified procedures on outbound travel in 2002 and 2004.

  • Evolution of Hanok in Modern and Contempo...

    photo Bricks began to be used for construction in Korea in the late 19th century, opening new possibilities for traditional hanok [Korean houses]. Beonsachang, an armory of the Joseon Dynasty completed in 1884, is the oldest of m...

  • Memento mori’ ― Conclusion of a Long ...

    photoMemento mori [Remember (that you have) to die].” This phrase has pierced the heart of Kang Sang-jung, a Zainichi scholar and president of Seigakuin University in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, who is well known for his books...

  • Gu Gyeong-seon: “Being able to instill hope in ...

    photo The young girl who couldn’t hear immersed herself in drawing. She lost her hearing when she was two after suffering from a fever. But she possessed a natural flair for drawing. At school, she was known not as “the girl who could...

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