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Busan Establishes Friendship City Ties with Nagasaki Prefecture
1 week 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The City of Busan has established a Friendship City Relationship with Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan to strengthen ties of cooperation and expand mutual understanding through exchanges in areas including culture, tourism, education, urban restoration and the economy. 

Busan mayor Hur Nam-sik and Governor Hodo Nakamura of Nagasaki Prefecture signed the agreement on March 25 at Busan City Hall.

With the inclusion of the Nagasaki Prefecture, the City of Busan...

South Korea Draws Host Australia in 2015 AFC Cup
3 weeks 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korea has drawn hosts Australia in the 2015 AFC Championships after the draw for next year’s finals was made at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday evening. Oman and Kuwait will round out the group.

In Group B, Uzbekistan is matched with Saudi Arabia, China and North Korea, while Group C sees Iran grouped with the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.

Group D sees the toughest grouping with Japan, Jordan, Iraq and the AFC challenge winner which will be...

Busan, Ulsan Feel Effects of Early Morning Kyushu Earthquake
4 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A strong earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 took place at 2:07 am today in Kyushu Japan, and affected the Gijang, Ulsan and the Yeongnam regions including the city of Busan. 

The weather agency said that the earthquake in Japan is 300 kilometers away from Busan, but an earthquake of 2 to 3 degrees in intensity was detected in Busan 30 minutes later as well. This intensity rate can be equivalent to the strength of trembling a building.

An...

Supreme Court Acquits Japanese-born Korean of Espionage
6 weeks 1 day ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's Supreme Court, upholding a lower court's ruling, has acquitted a Japanese-born Korean man of espionage and anti-state charges, court officials said Wednesday, 30 years after he was convicted with evidence obtained by torture and other illegal methods. 

The 63-year-old defendant, only identified by his surname Park, was indicted in 1982, on charges of gathering military secrets under orders from a pro-North Korean group based in Japan while he...

South Korean Cartoonists to Exhibit Cartoons on Japan's Wartime Atrocities
6 weeks 3 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A group of South Korean cartoonists will exhibit their works depicting Japan's past wartime atrocities at a French cartoon festival later this year, local groups said on Sunday. 

A total of 33 South Korean cartoonists are planning to exhibit about 50 comic strips at the international comics festival to be held at St. Just-le-Martel in September, according to the Institute for Research in Collaborationist Activities and the Association of Korea Editorial...

Korean Civic Groups Protest Takeshima Day
7 weeks 5 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean civic groups staged rallies in Seoul on Friday to denounce Japan's claims to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo as a local government in Japan prepares to hold an annual event to bolster its territorial claims. 

The rallies came a day before "Takeshima Day," which Japan's Shimane prefectural government has observed on Feb. 22 since 2005 to lay claim to the rocky islets located in the East Sea. Dokdo is known as "Takeshima" in Japan....

Capturing Kansai: Photos of the Faces of the People that you Meet
8 weeks 3 days ago

KANSAI, Japan -- Since living in Korea from February 2011, I’ve spent my week-long winter vacations in Japan, with the last two being in the Kansai region, flying in and out of Osaka.

I had become a keen street photographer since my first visit to Asia in late 2009, but just prior to my second visit to Japan, I had acquired a mirrorless camera with fixed lenses. The depth and quality of the images I could produce led me into focusing more on portraits.

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South Korean Women Win Olympic Curling Debut
9 weeks 2 days ago

SOCHI, Russia -- The South Korean women's curling team defeated Japan 12 to 7 in its opening round robin match at the Sochi Winter Games today, making a successful Olympic debut. 

Led by skip Kim Ji-sun, the South Koreans handily prevailed over the Japanese with five points over the final three ends. 

South Korea is scheduled to face Switzerland in the day's second match at midnight in Korean local time. 

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Asiana Air Removes Flight Service to Osaka Without Notice
9 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Asiana Airlines removed flight service between Busan and Osaka without notice, prompting immediate criticism from passengers. 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport confirmed removal of the route on January 5th, but the Airline did not inform 400 hundred passengers who had already purchased tickets. 

Asiana Airlines had prepared alternative flights through Air Busan. However, that alleviated no criticism because Air Busan is a low...

Interview: The Sounds of Shigeto
12 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Since the beginning, it’s been all about the drums. As a child, Shigeto fell in love with the percussion instrument and dedicated himself to it. After making himself a staple of the Michigan music scene, Shigeto a.k.a. Zach Saginaw, left his...

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