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South Korean Provincial Governor Visits Takeshima (News)

Seoul, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)—Kim Kwan-yong, the governor of South Korea's North Gyeongsang Province visited Takeshima, the Sea of Japan islets controlled by Seoul and claimed by Tokyo, on Wednesday morning. According to the province's announcement the same day, the Japanese side "has recently made false remarks about the islets." The province also said the governor intended to directly check the…
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Nearly Half of Japanese Expect No Change in Japan–South Korea Ties (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)—Nearly half of Japanese people think Japan–South Korea relations will remain unchanged following the installation of a girl's statue symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women in Busan, a Jiji Press poll showed Friday. Asked about the future outlook for bilateral relations in a monthly public opinion poll, 46.9% of respondents, the largest proportion, …
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Japanese Diplomats Withdrawn from South Korea (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Nagamine Yasumasa returned to Japan on Monday afternoon, as part of Tokyo's measures to protest against the installation of a "comfort women" statue in the South Korean city of Busan. The Japanese Foreign Ministry also called back Morimoto Yasuhiro, Japanese consul-general in Busan, earlier in the day. Nagamine is expected to stay…
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Japan to Temporarily Recall Envoy to South Korea over Girl’s Statue (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan will temporarily recall its ambassador to South Korea, Nagamine Yasumasa, in protest at the installation of a girl's statue symbolizing Korean comfort women in front of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, Japan's top government spokesman said Friday. Morimoto Yasuhiro, the consul-general in Busan, will also be recalled temporarily, Ch…
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Ceremony Held to Unveil Comfort Woman Statue in Busan (News)

Busan, Dec. 31 (Jiji Press)—An unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday night for a girl's statue symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women, which was set up outside of the Japanese consulate-general in Busan, southern South Korea, by a civic group on the previous day. It is the second such statue erected in front of a Japanese diplomatic mission in South Korea, following one that…
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The Wolgye Social Welfare Center’s “Beautiful Neighbors” ProgramKim Sung-won

In South Korea, the late 1980s saw the beginning of a trend toward supporting the social welfare of communities by establishing local centers for that purpose. The Wolgye Social Welfare Center in Nowon, Seoul, is one such facility. The success of its “Beautiful Neighbors” program, in which people contribute to social welfare by donating goods and services that local residents need, has made it a model for similar programs around the country.
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A Place for Older Koreans: Memories PlusKim Sung-won

Jongno, Seoul, is home to a rich array of support services for the senior citizens who gather there. One such establishment is Memories Plus, which, with support from the private sector, offers patrons inexpensive refreshments and a place to relax. The success Memories Plus has found encouraging interaction between its patrons and creating employment for older residents is attracting attention.
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Japan-South Korea Pact to Enable Sharing of Wide Info on North Korea (News)

Seoul, Nov. 24 (Jiji Press)--A military intelligence-sharing pact that was signed between Japan and South Korea on Wednesday and put into force immediately is seen fortifying the two countries' cooperation in gathering a wide range of information about North Korea, including its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches. The general security of military information agreement, or GSOMIA, is a…
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South Korea, Japan’s Unenviable NeighborShigemura Toshimitsu

Tokyo and Seoul have agreed to put the issue of the wartime “comfort women” behind them, with the Japanese government contributing ¥1 billion to a fund supporting the women. But it is uncertain whether the trend toward improved bilateral ties can be sustained in the face of China’s rise and the Korean culture of “black and white” thinking.
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Japan in 2015: The Year’s Top Stories

Security legislation passes amid protests, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō makes a statement to mark the seventieth anniversary of the ending of World War II, and Japanese hostages are killed in Syria. A look back on the biggest Japan-related stories of 2015.
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