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Japan Hopes to Build Ties with South Korea’s Next Government Quickly (News)

Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to work hard to build solid relations with the next administration of South Korea as soon as it is established, in order to deal with growing tensions over North Korea due to the reclusive state's nuclear and missile development. In a statement of congratulations to Moon Jae-in on winning the South Korean presidential election, Japanese Pr…

South Korea: Under Pressure from Washington and Beijing and Sharply Divided as Its Presidential Election ApproachesSumida Takushi

As North Korea pushes ahead with its nuclear and missile development programs, the new administration in Washington is taking a hard line, suggesting that even a military strike is among the options. South Korean President Park Geun-hye was removed from office in March, and the campaign to choose her successor in the upcoming May 9 election has heated up. Public opinion is sharply split with regard to defense and foreign policy. Meanwhile, the government in Seoul is effectively paralyzed.

Park Leaves Challenging Legacy for Next South Korean PresidentKimura Kan

South Korea is in political turmoil after the impeachment and arrest of former President Park Geun-hye. Whoever is elected in the May 9 presidential vote will face a tough international environment and will have to work hard to regain the global community’s trust.

Recalled Japanese Envoy Returns to Seoul (News)

Seoul, April 4 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Nagamine Yasumasa, who was withdrawn nearly three months ago over a girl's statue symbolizing so-called comfort women, returned to Seoul on Tuesday night aboard a commercial flight. Before his departure, Nagamine reported his planned return to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō during their meeting at the leader's office in Tokyo in the morn…

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…

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, …

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…

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…

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…

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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